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The inaugural Maun Youth Awards will celebrate the deserving youths in the entertainment, business, academics or advocacy work industries on April 1 in a red carpet affair at Crocodile Camp in Matlapana.
The event by Sky Sequence under the theme, ‘Celebrating our Youth, ‘A Better Tomorrow’’ will feature local performances by veteran jazz sensation, Ndingo Johwa, Herero Afro Pop star of ‘Tjinatjomavara’ fame, Nature Bw and many more local artists.
Dress code for the awards is ‘dress like a hero’ and attendees are expected to dress to kill matching the glitz and glamour of the event.
Categories includes, best youthful musical group, comedian, fashion designer, youth living with disability, community volunteer, disk jockey, youth of the year, photographer, best youth promoting health and wellness, best youth in tourism, best owned business, best in innovation and technology, best youth in sports excellence, best performing student as well as the best youthful social media influencer.
In an interview, the event coordinator Kaone Kwape noted that one of the objectives of the event is to motivate the youths in Maun to work hard and passionately to sustain themselves, creating their own business so as to create employment as well.
He added that the awards are also aimed at supporting the development of Maun youths by providing them with a platform that will showcase their capabilities. Kwape added that organisations and business are therefore expected to pitch up and join hands in encouraging the youth in the village.
According to her, the awards were launched on January 27 followed by a month long nomination process held until the 27th of February. 16 categories were open to any youth persons aged 16 to 34years in Maun.
Each nominee was required to submit their profile out of which top 3 from each category was selected by a panel of judges and published in no particular order. However, on the 1st of April, awards will be given to the winners picked from each category.
Prominent businessman, Reaboka Mbulawa is the official patron of the awards which are also supported by the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture, Cresta Riley’s, NKK transport, King Beer, Pioneer safari, Nakwane Safaris, Cameroon Dinner Foundation and Aquarite Botswana.
The event will start from 1830 and entry tickets are sold at P100 available at both Crocodile Safari Camp and King Beer Restaurant.