By Bakang Mhaladi
Gaborone - South African socialite, Bonang Matheba, delayed the start of Botswana radio station, Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs) by nearly four hours on Saturday, after she had left behind her attire for the night.
Matheba had already stirred controversy well before she arrived in Gaborone when two Yarona FM presenters were fired for protesting the ‘huge’ P150,000 payout to the socialite, who was engaged as one of the directors of ceremonies.
One of the fired presenters, Robin Chivaze, later sought to halt the awards after he claimed copyright to the YAMAs’ trademark.
However, the case will only be heard at a later date, which meant the glitzy ceremony was allowed to go ahead.
Attendees stepped out in their Sunday best but had to wait for nearly four hours, as the event only began just before midnight. The event was scheduled to start at 20h00, and an hour earlier, the who-is-who of Gaborone’s entertainment industry had begun to arrive.
Frustrations were growing as the show was forced on hold after Matheba left behind her evening’s attire.
“My suitcase (which contained the attire) was left behind. I had to make a plan,” she told the media after the show.
For the entire evening, Matheba was forced to wear one gown, hastily put together by a local designer. Her co-presenter, Loungo Pitse, changed his attire throughout the evening, out-classing her South African counterpart in that department.
Matheba, a popular television personality, indicated that she wanted to wear four different attires over the course of the evening.
“My bag and stylist were stuck in Kenya. I had hoped that they would have landed by the time the show started, but the show had to go on nonetheless,” Matheba said.
Aside from the trademark ‘war’ and Matheba attire blot, the show lived up to its billing as top drawer black tie event.
The audience was lively throughout the night, as local kwaito group, MMP Family, stole the show with three awards.
The group won the best collabo, the best, kwaito single and song of the year for their hit, Chooseday, which they put together with the household name, Charma Gal.
MMP Family walked away with a cash prize of P20,000 for their three gongs.
Hip-hop and R & B group, Ice Cold Mob stunned crowd favourite, Motlha of Mmamotse fame, as they grabbed the newcomer award and best R & B song. Motlha was the biggest loser after he left the Gaborone International Convention Centre, empty-handed despite receiving five nominations.
Han C, who dominated the airwaves during the festive season, with the fast beat, ‘Rejection’, won the Choice Artist of the Year award.
While the awards were meant to reward local talent, Oskido added foreign flavour with a performance to savour.