A night of slick cel­e­bra­tion for the tal­ented ‘kings’

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THERE is no deny­ing that Africa is on the rise. African tal­ent and pop cul­ture have be­come a na­tional trea­sure. No won­der many brands have taken to cel­e­brat­ing the ef­forts that tal­ented South Africans make.

On Thurs­day, Steers hosted a King­ing din­ner – to cel­e­brate or­di­nary South Africans who are do­ing great work. Th­ese were peo­ple in the food, an­i­ma­tion, dance, and fash­ion in­dus­tries re­spec­tively.

Hun­dreds of guests filled the glam­orous Tur­bine Hall in the Joburg CDB, and colour was the or­der of the evening. The theme was Afro Ur­ban and, let’s just say, young South Africans painted the town red. It was also re­fresh­ing to see peo­ple em­brac­ing African prints. If you ask me, we’ve been in Wakanda mode for­ever –

is catch­ing up to us only now, right?

Even the night’s mu­sic se­lec­tion spoke of African pride. Guests were rather young, think of the Braam­fontein life, but see­ing so many artis­tic peo­ple out to cel­e­brate South African trea­sures was beau­ti­ful.

Af­ter wait­ing a while, in a very dra­matic way, we were es­corted to the din­ing area with a count­down by Sandile Nt­shingila. Four long ta­bles were laid out beau­ti­fully, with a ramp run­ning be­tween the two in­ner ta­bles for the fash­ion show that took place a lit­tle later in the night.

The decor was also African in sen­si­bil­ity. Some jun­gle-themed wel­come mu­sic played, which I found rather cliched, be­cause we don’t lis­ten to jun­gle mu­sic in Africa. And the ran­dom light play that went on in the room, the in­tense disco lights, were slightly dis­tract­ing and I couldn’t help but won­der how a pho­to­sen­si­tive epilep­tic per­son might have felt through it all.

But the rest of the evening was en­joy­able. And the ti­tle “King­ing” was a play on how in­di­vid­u­als take charge and do great work in their in­di­vid­ual spa­ces.

Also, Steers took the op­por­tu­nity to launch its new boere­wors burger, and we got to taste it as part of the four-course meal that was served. Also present in the room were lo­cal movers and shakers, in­clud­ing South African TV stars such as Sibu­sisiwe Jili,

Sandile Vin­cent Mahlangu, and for­mer con­tes­tant Kee­gan Martin, among oth­ers.

Rap sen­sa­tion Anatii was per­form­ing and was also quizzed on his suc­cess and how he con­tin­ues to be king of his in­dus­try.

Let’s all keep “King­ing!”

PICTURES: NH­LANHLA PHILLIPS/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

Ayanda Nh­lapho at the Steers King­ing din­ner and fash­ion show.

Sandile Vin­cent Mahlangu show­ing style.

Chore­og­ra­pher Litchi look­ing edgy.

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