As a young teenager, fresh out of high school, I always envisioned myself being active some way or another in the media world. Although as my life went by, I took a different direction, focusing more of my attention to the world of finance, up until a life changing opportunity came knocking by…
The beginning of the end had just started, days gone past and sleepless nights to follow of hard work, dedication, interaction and that last piece of building & sustaining, rewarding relationships with our would be “guiders” to the ultimate prize. The plan had been set in motion and it was left to me to strategize and achieve this goal best by running a more interpersonal campaign, trying to involve all those that I could engage with to just simply follow the steps to ever increase all the votes that I needed.
After a long day at the office, driving back home, I received a call which immediately caused me to pull off on the side of the road just to listen attentively to this.
“Hi. Is this Omfeelay Molayfee speaking”…”Yes,” I replied… a host of a question and answer session followed through, being made aware in the process that I may receive the elusive call to board the plane to Cape Town as part of the TOP5, pending all other votes being considered of course
I stayed calm and could only wait for that call .
I got the call that my place in the Csquared TOPSWAG TOP5 was confirmed.
Elated at best from the information at hand, it only dawned to me that this was no hoax and wasn’t what I had perceived it to be initially - just a fun filled competition that I possibly will not see myself even make it especially due to the late entry. The rules of this game were changed, I could not share this information with anybody, as I had to wait for Csquared to officially announce the TOP 5. Was this a dream come true about to realized?
Thursday 26, 2012 - The dream was about to be realized as I left Pretoria at 08:30 am for OR Tambo International. Arrived at 09:10. I called Dully Mokotedi, and met up with him at the check in point. The first member of Csquared TOP5 to have acquainted myself with.
We were running late at the time, Mvelo Ncube, called to find out about our whereabouts. We assured them that we’ll be boarding with them soon, nothing was gonna break the TOP5 apart - this stemmed the start of a great friendship as we headed for the Mother City, hitting it off with Lucky, Thabo, Mvelo and Dully on the way there.
Upon arrival at 12:30, we headed for the House of Monatic where we got to meet the inspirational team behind Csquared - Mark Gooding (Head of brands at House of Monatic), Sianna Wu of SocialWOO, Lipalesa ‘Didi’ Kolane - Marketing at House of Monatic, Chido Samkange of SocialWOO and Wayne the new Csquared designer.
We had an introductory session with Sianna and Mark, whilst Wayne got the fittings sorted. Each of the TOP5 got the opportunity to choose their own attire for the fashion show which took place at Trinity, where Analogue Nits was also taking place that very evening.
After the fittings and selections were made, at about 14:30 - 15:00, we then went to Trinity for rehearsals with Jan Malan - Producer/Director/Choreographer of Face of Africa to get the proper guidance and teachings to make a fashion show successful.
The preparations were set and now we awaited to grace the stage with the Boss models, who were showcasing Csquared’s new fashion range.
We left Trinity at about 18:00 to continue forth with our VVIP treatment as we checked in at The Protea Hotel North Wharf. We freshened up, went for supper and off we went to Trinity for the fashion show/ Analogue Nites.
The fashion show went extremely well, especially for the Csquared TOPSWAG 5 all eloquently dressed in high end style, class, fashionably colour blocking when all together we were.
The evening was drawn to a close when the TOPSWAG3 was announced with photoshoots to follow, as well as being graced with exceptional performances from AKA, Khuli Chana and Kabelo.
The rest of the evening was of a great party with A list celebrities, with drinks flowing, great SWAG5 company, what more could have one asked for.
Friday 27, 2012 - we closed off our visit to Cape Town with a relaxing visit to the Beach, endless partying that evening and a sad return flight back home on Saturday the 28th.
Thank you Csquared Menswear for presenting us with such a great opportunity that we could only dream of. A great bunch we were in the TOP5, that immediately were responsive to one another and fun filled, happy times together.
Despite the end result in the coming weeks, we remember that we are friends of Csquared and have come this far together.
Sisa Hewena put it rightly when he said, “Keep your feet firmly on the ground when you reach for the stars.” The eventual winner should keep these words into mind as this is going to be one heck of a life changing experience!!!
We wish Omphile all the best and remember he still need your votes to win Csquared Menswear Style Icon Search 2012.
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