Ambassadors of event were no page-turners
The National Book Week launch was hosted at the Emoyeni Conference Centre in Parktown at 10am on Thursday. Sadly, the event was a yawn fest. Guests and members of the media were treated to coffee and bran muffins – that was it. The event started an hour late and people were famished. There was no time to hang around for lunch – scheduled for 2pm. No one trusted it would be served on time.
Actress and model Pearl Thusi was extremely late, as usual, but the celebs who were punctual – including the likes of former Bongo Maffin member Stoan Seate – looked effortlessly dapper. Thank goodness there was something good to look at.
Just a tip for National Book Week ambassadors Thusi, Seate, socialite Lupi Ngcayisa, Metro FM newsreader Refiloe Mpakanyane and TV personality Aaron Moloisi: in future, come early, and you won’t have your heads bitten off by hungry journalists.
Mpakanyane mastered the chilled-out look. Her grace and humility radiated through the room. She’s such a calm soul.
Singer and songwriter Nancy G was also there. She could have saved the day with her divine voice – there was no entertainment on offer.
The event wrapped up with the unveiling of a bus, which will tour South Africa to promote reading. I wonder whether they’ll get the message across without putting people to sleep after a launch like that. Claps once!
LOVE TO READ Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi at the National Book Week bus unveiling