Au­thor launches art com­pe­ti­tion

Sunday Express - - ENTERTAINMENT - Mo­halenyane Phakela

SOUTH Africa-based au­thor and busi­ness­woman, Carol Mo­tolo, has called on Ba­sotho to par­tic­i­pate in her so­cial me­dia arts con­test which car­ries a M1000 win­ner’s purse.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which is be­ing held un­der the aus­pices of the Carol Mo­tolo Foun­da­tion, is open to vis­ual artistes as well as fash­ion de­sign­ers.

To en­ter, a par­tic­i­pant must up­load a pic­ture of their work to Face­book and In­sta­gram tag Carol­mo­tolo­foun­da­tion.

The pic­ture which re­ceives the most likes will walk away with the M1000 prize money as well as beauty prod­ucts from Mo­tolo’s Twenty One C Virtue com­pany which in­cludes a per- fume, pe­tro­leum jelly as well as two copies of her re­cently launched book, Liv­ing in Faith.

The con­test was launched last week and will run un­til 9 Novem­ber this year.

Speak­ing to Xpress Peo­ple from her Johannesburg base, Mo­tolo said the com­pe­ti­tion was aimed at ex­pos­ing lo­cal tal­ent as well as fos­ter­ing work­ing re­la­tions among lo­cal de­sign­ers.

“I be­lieve you can widen your so­cial net­work in your com­mu­nity,” Mo­tolo said, adding, “The vil­lage can also come to­gether to sup­port that one per­son who they think is tal­ented enough to put it on the map”.

“This is a time to show unity and art has a way of bring­ing peo­ple of dif­fer­ent tribes to­gether. You might even find your dream job or meet a fu­ture busi­ness part­ner by par­tic­i­pat­ing in this com­pe­ti­tion.

“You never know who might recog­nise your work when you par­tic­i­pate in this com­pe­ti­tion.”

She fur­ther said the com­pe­ti­tion would help con­tes­tants de­velop more con­fi­dence in their creativ­ity and point out where they need to im­prove.

“Art cer­tainly builds con­fi­dence and en­ables an in­di­vid­ual to step out­side their com­fort zone. As they im­prove and see their own progress, their self­con­fi­dence will con­tinue to grow.

“This may seem like a no-brainer but the arts al­low chil­dren and adults to ex­press them­selves bet­ter than math or sci­ence. If we prac­tice think­ing cre­atively, it will even­tu­ally come nat­u­rally and we will be able to cre­ate a ca­reer in the arts,” she said.

SOUTH Africabased au­thor and busi­ness­woman Carol Mo­tolo.

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