A personal reflection
by Maureen Velile Majola
It was a hot summer day in October 2012 when I received the news that I was nominated to compete for Best Poet of the year.
I was excited and anxious at the same time, didn’t know what to make of it. While I was at that hype I saw my name pop up in another category. Community builder of the year, now this one excited me even more. It made me realized that my efforts were noticed and people appreciated the things I was doing.
One evening I was scrolling down the group and came across a post that said Special recognition award and my name was amongst great activists that I look up too.
My heart was filled with so much joy I went and shared the news with my mama, she was as excited as I was.
She is a proud mother who supports me in everything I do. I couldn’t wait for the big day to come, the day I was going to receive my Special Recognition award.
The 22nd of December 2012 came and the reality stroke me, ‘the day was finally here.’
My special day started with a killer interview and awesome photos by the great photographer, Zanele Muholi, who won the Best Photographer of the Year at the same awards.
We traveled from Heidelburg to Soweto Theatre where the awards were held. Excitement took over. I felt my heart beating so fast I thought I’d faint while receiving my award.
I stepped to the stage and started doing my thing. Seeing all the LGBTI attendees present, smartly dressed with excitement on their faces made me realize how serious the awards were.
Now let me talk about the logistics of the awards. As one of the nominees I have to say I found the voting a little problematic because we were voting on social networks and no one really knows what system was used to determine who wins or not.
Mind you, I was never informed in advance by the organizers of the event that I was nominated for any category.
No transport was arranged to ensure that I was present on the day of the event. I had to find out from people who were part of the 2012 LGBTI Recognition awards group and that would have meant I wouldn’t had known about the nomination if I wasn’t on facebook.
Therefore I think there should be other ways to communicate besides social networks because not everyone subscribes to social networks.
Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!
To find out more about 2012 LGBTI Recognition awards, go to:
Extracted from Nob Ody facebook page
The winners are as follows:
Community Builder – Flamboyant TUT
Best Event Organiser – FOC
Social Butterfly – Buxi van Rooien
Best Dancer – Nols Skater
Best Poet – Phophoskie Maqalika
Best Sports Player – Portia Modise
Role Model – Mpho Nefuri
Best Married Couple – Pantsu and Kedibone Matjokane
Best Personality – Kayra Karabo Kau
Best Comedian – Khanyisa Bunu
Best Dresser – Leboo Phume Leptie
Hottest Lesbian – NTK Cheezlez Kolman
Hottest Gay – Nhlanhla Mnembe
LGBTI Top Model – Kedibone Motloutsi
Best Dj – Dj Puggy
LGBTI Activists – Craig Matu
Calvin Boleu Nkoana
Best Photographer – Zanele Muholi
Long Service Achievement Award – Amstel Maboa
LGBTI Supporter – Ntsiki Mazwai
Best Fine Artist – Nols Skater
Please note that photos from the awards will be posted here!!!