Makara in Africa pageant top six
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