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Kini Shandu is a master at celebratin­g women


It was a lit night when former Gagasi FM radio presenter, SABC 1 Daily Thetha reality TV show host and now businessma­n Kini Shandu hosted his annual Sebenza Women’s Awards at Octavia Hotel in Inanda, Durban, on a chilly Friday night.

We must give Kini his flowers, the guy was man enough to come up with a concept to celebrate women doing wonders in Kwazulu-natal.

I’m challengin­g you, “Ntshebe enice”, go big with this one, not everyone has an event celebratin­g women in the manner you do. Not much entertainm­ent comes from the so-called big artist of this country these days. You kept it short and sweet, without losing the real concept of it. I like it, Ntshebe.

The reason I’m saying the event is growing by leaps and bounds is because this year, we saw former ethekini mayor Zandile Gumede, minister of cooporativ­e governance Nkosaza

na Dlamini-zuma and Zanele Mbokazi-nkambule in one space.

Those are big names in KZN, and to have them in one room means they recognise the importance of celebratin­g women doing the most in their fields.

I was excited when Mbokazi-nkambule was honoured. Indeed, she has done so much for entertainm­ent.

Well, coming to the awards, I would like to plead with the nominees not to look down on their work. Being nominated means you contribute­d to the uplifting of your community, and not winning does not mean your work has gone unnoticed. We realise the influence and power you have in our communitie­s.

To the winners, keep empowering other women to reach for the stars. You have the power. I’m uncertain if it was effects of the Kwazulu Dry Gin or the wine, but I’m still wondering who walked away with the Huawei Pro Max, meant to be won by one of the voters.

I hear the event will be bigger and better, Kini, but your MC Thulani

Thabethe forgot to recognise me. How dare he? However, keep him Mc’ing. He knows how to host an event of this magnitude.

 ?? ?? Zandile Gumede, Zanele Mbokazinka­mbule and Nkosazana Dlamini-zuma.
Zandile Gumede, Zanele Mbokazinka­mbule and Nkosazana Dlamini-zuma.
 ?? ?? Kini Shandu hosted this year’s Sebenza Women’s Awards.
Kini Shandu hosted this year’s Sebenza Women’s Awards.

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