GABORONE, Botswana, August 8, 2019 – Two Hollywood stars, Dr. Rainbow Barris and Carnetta Jones are expected in Gaborone in a fortnight to join other film experts in an expo that has been divided into two sessions.
The first session dubbed Dreamers Exchange Creative Master Classes will see Berry Lwando, the Multichoice Talent Factory for southern region lead discussions with both Barris and Jones where they will unpack content producers’ and actors’ workshops respectively whilst the other session will see the Hollywood stars give motivational stalks to adolescent girls and young women alongside home grown industry leaders.
Speaking exclusively to #BotswanaUnplugged this week, Dreams Alive Club- Founder and Programme Director, Tshepiso Maruping said there is a significant amount that Batswana Creative Professionals can learn and benchmark from Hollywood, as it has developed and has become a thriving economy and livelihood for many artists through entertainment.
“The Dreams Alive Club through the Hollywood Talents hosted over the years continues to aim at giving Batswana an opportunity to get Expert advice from various experienced and acclaimed artists who are operating on those well-established platforms, such as Hollywood. Another significant reason is, to demystify Hollywood.
We want to show Batswana that ‘Hollywood Stars’ are normal people just like us, who have just worked hard to reach and live their Dreams and aspirations; therefore we can achieve what they have achieved if we also pursue our talents the same way with passion and endurance towards all our own dreams and aspirations.”
The fair follows other successful expos since 2015 that introduced Reyna Joy Banks, Barely Evans, and Amber Baker while in 2016 it was Tasha Smith and Morrocco Omari. In 2017, they brought South Africa etv’s scandal cast, Hungani Ndluvu and Stephanie Sandows.
In 2018, they participated as Event Organizers for a Post World AIDS Day event for Adolescent Girls & Young Women hosted by First Lady & UN Partners that had brought Terry Pheto to Botswana alongside award winning Donald Molosi and Joseph Adesunloye, a session chaired by the First Lady Neo Jane Masisi.
When quizzed about their selections, Maruping said it is largely influenced by the fact that they are both progressive professionals, entrepreneurs, creative leaders and influencers, who are all-rounded in that they have an array of talents, skills, personal life experiences and messages that are relevant, uplifting, positive, and full of awesome value!
Dreamers who are pursuing any field of interest from Science/ Medical, Entrepreneurship, Creative Professionals or any other career paths can draw insight from them.
For her part, Multichoice Botswana’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Thembile Legwaila-Ndzinge said the involvement of Multichoice Africa through Lwando in the discussions is led by his significance as MultiChoice Africa’s Corporate Shared Value Initiative which commenced in 2018 with the goal of igniting Africa’s creative industries through a three-part strategy which includes the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy geared towards upskilling film and TV industry hopefuls, the MultiChoice Talent Factory Portal and the MultiChoice Talent Factory Masterclasses.
“When we as MultiChoice Botswana learnt about the Dreams Alive Club’s Career Exchange, we immediately wanted to align ourselves with this amazing initiative as it offers those interested in film and TV with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hone their skills in this space which is so significant to the growth of Botswana’s creative industry.
Berry will be co-conducting an acting masterclass with world-renowned acting coach, Carnetta Jones. The combination of her global experience and Berry’s expertise of the African continent’s creative landscape, we are confident that this Masterclass will be highly valuable to those in attendance.”
Furthermore, Ndzinge said MultiChoice Botswana has partnered with the Dreams Alive Club as a sponsor. In addition to bringing in Lwando, they are honored to have received an invitation to open the event, during which Katlego Arnone, the Managing Director, will be giving a keynote address.
“MultiChoice Botswana will also be hosting film and television industry creatives to an evening of networking as part of our partnership. We are constantly looking at ways in which we can make a significant contribution to growing the local creative industry through strategic partnerships with our stakeholders and through endorsing valuable initiatives which seek to make Botswana a key player in Africa’s creative industry,” she concluded.
The two-day interaction will be held at Maitisong from August 16-17, 2019.