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Author launches art competition


Mohalenyane Phakela

SOUTH Africa-based author and businesswoman, Carol Motolo, has called on Basotho to participate in her social media arts contest which carries a M1000 winner’s purse.

The competition, which is being held under the auspices of the Carol Motolo Foundation, is open to visual artistes as well as fashion designers.

To enter, a participant must upload a picture of their work to Facebook and Instagram tag Carolmotolofoundation.

The picture which receives the most likes will walk away with the M1000 prize money as well as beauty products from Motolo’s Twenty One C Virtue company which includes a perfume, petroleum jelly as well as two copies of her recently launched book, Living in Faith.

The contest was launched last week and will run until 9 November this year.

Speaking to Xpress People from her Johannesburg base, Motolo said the competition was aimed at exposing local talent as well as fostering working relations among local designers.

“I believe you can widen your social network in your community,” Motolo said, adding, “The village can also come together to support that one person who they think is talented enough to put it on the map”.

“This is a time to show unity and art has a way of bringing people of different tribes together. You might even find your dream job or meet a future business partner by participating in this competition.

“You never know who might recognise your work when you participate in this competition.”

She further said the competition would help contestants develop more confidence in their creativity and point out where they need to improve.

“Art certainly builds confidence and enables an individual to step outside their comfort zone. As they improve and see their own progress, their self-confidence will continue to grow.

“This may seem like a no-brainer but the arts allow children and adults to express themselves better than math or science. If we practice thinking creatively, it will eventually come naturally and we will be able to create a career in the arts,” she said.


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