Windhoek – The awaited day had arrived, but not without a couple of surprises. It was the 4th of August and with a little over a month to prepare, Boity fans, Namibian celebrities and socialites started to fill the V-Lifestyle party location one by one.
It was confirmed, the party would no longer be in a mansion, but at the Confab Bistro, a newly opened restaurant owned by actress, Tjuna Kauapirurua. Party enthusiasts seemed a little disappointed at the change of location, but Julia Kadhikwa, the creator of the event, took to social media to defend the change of venue saying it was the best option.
In any case, this did not seem to curb the enthusiasm of the fans as they started to populate the restaurant in their best party outfits. Namibians had truly come dressed to kill to see Boity Thulo.
There was just one problem. Where was Boity? On social media, it was announced that Thulo was going to host the Big Time Ballers event that night at a club called Taboo. But that was all the way in Johannesburg. How come?
“Seems like I need to address this,” stated Kadhikwa the following day.
“Boity hasn’t shown up not because of anything that had to do with Olive Entertainment. We did our part, she was paid in full ages ago; flights booked, everything.”
According to Kadhikwa, Thulo’s management had committed to another booking even after everything had been paid off and confirmed for her appearance in Windhoek.
An email from Thulo’s management read, “We have explored every option but it doesn’t seem realistic, hence our request to please find another date to the appearance.”
The celebrity’s management team offered to make it up to party goers under one request: that the organisers pay for a private jet so she can arrive and leave swiftly.
“There was no way I was going to scatter for a private jet, on top of what I’ve already paid and they tell me last minute,” stated Kadhikwa.
“My only solution was to say it’s ok, there’s nothing I can do. They should just refund me.”
Luckily, it was announced a week prior to the event that a surprise celebrity guest, Minnie Dlamini-Jones, would also be coming and fans were just as enthusiastic about partying with her on her first visit to the country.
“My event would have been postponed if there was no Minnie,” stated Kadhikwa.
“Not only did she save my career, her professionalism, her humble self, fans loved her presence. I will forever be grateful to Minnie.”
Indeed, Thulo’s no-show did not stop partygoers from enjoying their night. The party was attended by socialites, fans, local celebrities and influencers. Those among the guests were hip-hop artists, Lioness and KP Illest, kwaito stars, The Dogg and Gaza, and other Namibian A-listers. Various local Disc Jockeys such as DJ K Boz and DJ Prince came on deck to set the musical vibe for the evening.
Fans took pictures, mingled and partied with Dlamini-Jones as well as the various local celebrities who had attended.