Makara in Africa pageant top six

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LE­SOTHO’S rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the Miss Africa Con­ti­nent 2016 pageant, Kara­belo Makara, notched a top six fi­nal­ist po­si­tion on Satur­day at The Lyric The­atre Gold Reef City in Jo­han­nes­burg South Africa.

The ac­co­lade means Makara will be among the pageant’s am­bas­sadors at African Union sum­mits and speak on is­sues af­fect­ing young peo­ple.

Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, the pageant was launched in 2014 and is ded­i­cated to the de­vel­op­ment and growth of young women through ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, opportunities and ex­po­sure, it also aims to build sol­i­dar­ity among Africans through ad­vo­cacy on top­i­cal is­sues fac­ing the con­ti­nent such as poverty and xeno­pho­bia.

The 19-year old told the Week­ender this week she was elated to be among the top six fi­nal­ists say­ing it was a step­ping stone to be­com­ing an es­tab­lished beauty queen.

“This was my first time com­pet­ing in an in­ter­na­tional pageant, and I was the youngest con­tes­tant among ladies who were more ex­pe­ri­enced than I was,” Makara said.

“Apart from the cat­walk, we were judged on how well we knew our con­ti­nent, culi­nary skills and how well we can an­swer ques­tions.

“We were taken to var­i­ous me­dia in­ter­views and judged on how we pre­sented our­selves dur­ing the first week, and from there, the top 12 con­tes­tants were se­lected.”

She said the top six po­si­tion came with a man­date to make a pos­i­tive im­pact in the com­mu­nity.

“We are tasked to come up with projects to de­velop our com­mu­ni­ties and Africa as a whole. So, my first project will be es­tab­lish­ing a chil­dren’s foun­da­tion which will fo­cus on dis­abled chil­dren since dis­abil­ity is cer­tainly not in­abil­ity,” said Makara.

“This is a big op­por­tu­nity as it will give me the chance to work closely with the African Union. We were told that the tasks that we com­mit our­selves to as am­bas­sadors will open doors for each of us de­pend­ing on how much we ex­ert our­selves.

"So I am go­ing to in­vest my time and ef­fort to en­sure that dis­abled chil­dren are not dis­crim­i­nated against.”

The Butha-buthe based stun­ner said she learnt in­valu­able les­sons which she would ap­ply in fu­ture pageants.

“I also got the op­por­tu­nity to learn a lot of things which I was not ex­posed to lo­cally like how to an­swer ques­tions and chore­og­ra­phy,” said Makara.

“My goal has al­ways been the Miss World pageant, so I am go­ing to make use of the skills I learnt to en­sure I win the Miss Le­sotho ti­tle so I can get the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent my coun­try at the global event ei­ther this year or the next.”

Makara is no stranger to pageantry as she has a num­ber of ti­tles un­der her belt such as Miss Butha Buthe 2013, Miss Lik­ila FC 2014 and Miss Teen King­dom Na­tion 2015/2016.

Miss Ghana, Re­becca Asamoah, was crowned Miss Africa 2016, while Mich­elo Malambo of Zam­bia and South Africa’s Jemimah Kandimiri clinched the first and second run­ner-up ti­tles re­spec­tively. LOS AN­GE­LES — Rap­per Aubrey “Drake” Gra­ham be­came the new­est mem­ber of The Forbes Five club of hip-hop’s wealth­i­est artists on Mon­day with a net worth of $60 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Forbes.

The an­nual list has reg­u­larly in­cluded rap artists Bryan “Bird­man” Wil­liams, An­dre “Dr Dre” Young, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Cur­tis “50 Cent” Jack­son and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

But due to a mis­man­age­ment of funds which re­sulted in a bank­ruptcy last sum­mer, 50 Cent was su­per­seded by Drake, who has in­creased his net worth through tour­ing, mu­sic re­leases and busi­ness deals with Nike, Sprite and Ap­ple.

Views, the fourth stu­dio al­bum by Drake, a Toronto na­tive who goes by his mid­dle name, sold an es­ti­mated 630 000 copies on its 29 April 2016 re­lease date, ac­cord­ing to Vibe Magazine.

With each al­bum selling at $13.99 (about M206) ex­clu­sively on itunes, the 29-year-old made about $800 000 that night. The hiphop star’s new al­bum, Views, was al­ways ex­pected to have an enor­mous open­ing week, but very few peo­ple could have guessed how pop­u­lar it would end up be­ing right from the get-go. To put that ac­com­plish­ment into per­spec­tive, that is larger than the en­tire first­week sales of Bey­oncé‘s Le­mon­ade, which has just re­cently been named the num­ber one al­bum in the coun­try. Tak­ing into ac­count the streams and sin­gles that to­tal one day fig­ure grows to over 580 000. Views is on track to be not only the big­gest de­but of any al­bum in 2016, but also of Drake’s en­tire ca­reer.

Busi­ness mogul and rap artist Diddy con­tin­ued to hold the num­ber one ti­tle with a net worth of $750 mil­lion thanks to his agree­ment with Di­a­geo’s Circo vodka, stakes in his mu­sic tele­vi­sion net­work Re­volt, his cloth­ing line Sean John and more.

Dr Dre fol­lows with $710 mil­lion, then Jay Z in third place with $610 mil­lion and fi­nally Bird­man, who came fourth with $110 mil­lion.

While his net worth is small in com­par­i­son to his fel­low club mem­bers, Drake is quickly climb­ing the ranks, earn­ing some $150 mil­lion to date be­fore taxes and spend­ing, Forbes said.

The busi­ness magazine analy­ses artists’ past earn­ings, val­ues their cur­rent hold­ings and talks to in­dus­try spe­cial­ists to de­ter­mine which hip-hop star makes it on the list.

Com­bined to­gether, Forbes said, all five artists are worth $2.2 bil­lion dol­lars. — Reuters

RAP­PER Drake.

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