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Tributes and messages of condolences continued to flow in this week for the late Reneilwe ‘Manex’ Wright, a businessman and entertainment guru of note following his passing on Sunday.
Manex’s death sent waves of shock and disbelief throughout the country, in neighboring South Africa and friends, family, associates, and many in the entertainment industry expressed their heartfelt condolences and grief at the loss of a youthful socialite.
According to reports, Manex succumbed to organ complications whilst on a trip in South Africa. Before his demise, he was reportedly admitted at a hospital after complaining of heart palpitations and difficulty in breathing.
Manex was once the youngest club owner in Maun – when he operated the then popular ‘Fresh Exclusive’ at a tender age of 24 years. The club, opened in 2012 close down in 2016.
Manex then had ambitious plans to bring top international musicians to Maun, among them American rapper, Lil Wayne. He wanted to transport the transform Maun into an entertainment hub, making the tourism town a tourism destination it deserves.
Prior to his death, Manex who for some time went silent in the industry was on a comeback mission and his presence was already being felt last festive season as he continued with his outdoor festivals. The festivals came back even much bigger and better. Unconfirmed reports are that he was also on the process of re-opening Fresh Exclusive Night Club whose youthful patrons were looking forward to its return.
The entertainment industry, associates and friends of the late Manex took to social media to share tributes with local artists including the likes of Vee Mampeezy and Chrispin the Drummer among others also doing the same. His longtime friend and prominent businessman, Reaboka Mbulawa also peened a moving tribute rap in remembrance of Manex whom he regarded as his younger brother.
“We walked the walk together, we talked the talk together. We live and died together spiritually. We hustled hard, we lost it all, we gained it all over again. We lived, we inspired, we motivated, we made the world envious, at one point left the sisters nervous, we set the trends together young brother,” wrote Mbulawa who used to share stage with the late at his night club.
He lamented that Maun has lost a true love and a warm hearted brother, “a real brother’s keeper, a guy who broke bread with the other brothers. A loving friend and a mover who set the pace and set the trends and followed right beside me like a twin brother for you had a lot to offer in your tender age.”
Music promoter, Zenzele Hirschfeld wrote “Goodnight Mr Wright, Gago bonolo ebile gago motlhofo. You were one of a kind, rare breed. May your beautiful soul find rest. Modimo one a Reneile ebile o tsere.”
Popular DJ, Chrispin The Drummer also thanked Manex for having been the first person to book him in Maun, being the highest paying club owner and brother to him over the years to date who never at any day let him down.
“We were deeply saddened to hear of the loss of our brother and friend, and we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Manex was a valued customer at our club, and we will miss him dearly. His presence and positive energy will never be forgotten,” local club, Base Lounge also shared a tribute.
Manex who will be remembered for his vibe, love and energy will be laid to rest at his final home in Maun on Saturday 4th. Meanwhile a memorial service is being held today in his honour where various speakers are expected to pay their last respects.