NBA Africa Game 2017

The 2nd ever NBA Africa Game returned to Johannesburg, South Africa on August 5, 2017. The event was preceded by a week full of basketball camps, community service, and events in which the NBA lends its resources to various communities. I was privileged to attend the Welcome Reception and the NBA Africa Game 2017.  

It's really a big deal for the sport as the NBA continues to formalize its operations and expand its viewership on the continent African continent. Econet/Kwese, led by Strive Masiyiwa announced their partnership with the NBA in 2016. They've become the official broadcaster for the NBA in sub-Saharan Africa and it's the largest deal the NBA has done on the continent.

You can ready more about Econet x NBA here: http://www.nba.com/2016/news/04/21/nba-econet-media-reach-partnership-for-sub-saharan-africa/

Here's some footage from the game:

Here are some photos from the Welcome Reception and NBA Africa Game 2017:

Strive Masiyiwa (Econet Founder and Executive Chairman)

Strive Masiyiwa (Econet Founder and Executive Chairman)

Akon

Akon

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Amadou Gallo Fall (NBA Vice President and Managing Director, NBA Africa introducing co-captains for Team World - Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker and Team Africa co-captains Thabo Sefolosha and Luol Deng)

Amadou Gallo Fall (NBA Vice President and Managing Director, NBA Africa introducing co-captains for Team World - Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker and Team Africa co-captains Thabo Sefolosha and Luol Deng)

Mo came through as my wingman

Mo came through as my wingman

Welcome to South Africa!

Welcome to South Africa!

Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors)

Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors)

Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors Team President)

Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors Team President)

Courtney Lee (New York Knicks) #KnicksTape

Courtney Lee (New York Knicks) #KnicksTape

Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) - Just two kids from the South Bronx in South Africa

Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) - Just two kids from the South Bronx in South Africa

Tresor (Sony Music Africa/Ultra Records)

Tresor (Sony Music Africa/Ultra Records)

Invitation 

Invitation 

Game Day!

Game Day!

National Anthem

National Anthem

Estée Lauder Grand Opening in South Africa

My relationship with The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) began in Highschool. There was a mentorship program that brought my school in New York City (Murry Bergtraum) and the company together. As a computer science major, I was connected with Nick Prior who directed the Information Systems department for Clinique. Nick and I had weekly appointments at his office where we'd share inspiration and discuss what was happening in each other's lives. It was a welcome break from the academic demands.

The program lead and Senior Vice President of Corporate Administration, Deborah Krulewitch, took an interest in me as well and helped with my SAT preparation process that led to several scholarships and offers from various colleges and universities. Deborah also encouraged me to apply for the company's summer internship program during college. The first year I interned with ELC was when Mrs. Estée Lauder died. Her son, Mr. Leonard Lauder, was Chairman of the Board and I wrote him a letter to express how much I enjoyed the people in Global Communications and my experience working on the company's annual report. He mailed a letter to me in Atlanta thanking me for my note and congratulating me on my acceptance to Morehouse College.

I went on to work in Global Communications again (where I was able to participate in a Q&A with CEO at the time William Lauder), Corporate Management Strategies, and even requested that Origins company president at the time, Daria Myers, place me in a retail store for a crash course in consumer engagement. Sean John launched a fragrance with ELC which became a client and I employed my guerilla marketing techniques around the launch.

Overall, it's been a wonderful relationship with the brand that lives by 'Bringing The Best To Everyone We Touch.' I am honored to attend the launch of its first freestanding retail store in South Africa and the first on the African continent. 🇺🇸🇿🇦 #AdventuresOfNotBeingFamous#EsteeLauder #EsteeLauderSA #EsteeLauderCompanies

With the General Manager for Estée Lauder Companies (Sub Saharan Africa)

With the General Manager for Estée Lauder Companies (Sub Saharan Africa)

May Edition of #BiteClub with Work Shop New Town and MINI South Africa

#BiteClub is a picnic style social event curated by Work Shop New Town, a retail hub in in the creative district of Newtown, Johannesburg. This edition featured MINI which recently celebrated the release of their new Countryman. We partnered with Northcliff Auto to bring a MINI experience to this cultural hub. Our guests were treated to a combination of food, liquid fuel, and a fusion of live performances along with a DJ -- guess who? :). 

The next chapter of #BiteClub begins in September. For now, you can follow the activity on social media:

@WorkShopNewTown

@BiteClubJozi 

@MINI_Northcliff_Auto

Work Shop New Town, also known as #TheWorkshop, is a space that enables the expansion and expression of artistic art-forms and facilitates a collective vision. It celebrates the best of African fashion, art and design all under one historic roof known as the 1911 Potato Sheds; providing a platform for both the established designer as well as the talented, emerging creative.

For more information on the MINI experience... MINI South Africa

Work Shop New Town
100 Carr street,
Newtown,
JHB,
2001
(Next door to Potato Shed Restaurant)
Email: hello@workshopnewtown.com

Botswana Diary: Round 2 - Fashion Without Borders and more!

On my return trip to Botswana, I got involved with Fashion Without Borders (FWB), a fashion & lifestyle movement that looks to showcase and up-lift Africa's young fashion designers and introduce fresh face models. FWB brought out the latest collections from upcoming, emerging and established designers across Africa. It was the place to be if you wanted to mingle with designers and models throughout the continent.

Here's the story...

So, my friend TK from Durban was like... "I'm going to Botswana for this fashion event." Then I was like, "What fashion event?" Then she said it's run by a friend of hers. I did my googles and came up with a few friends who were also connected to the event and reached out. I ended up getting hired to do a couple of afterparties for Fashion Without Borders. Thank you TK!

I hung out with Team Maungo (they make craft jam from local fruits and pair them in really delicious and innovative ways -- my friend Bonolo is one of the founders of the company). Then, I also got the incredible opportunity to crash someone's birthday braai (BBQ) at Mogobane Dam. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. 

Moral of the story: If you get a chance to go to Botswana, do it (and take a friend with you).

Botswana, I love you!

Gustavo out.

 

Fashion Without Borders Exhibition at Botswana National Museum

Fashion Without Borders Exhibition at Botswana National Museum

Fashion Without Borders Exhibition at Botswana National Museum

Fashion Without Borders Exhibition at Botswana National Museum

Bonolo and I pretending we know what's happening in fashion

Bonolo and I pretending we know what's happening in fashion

Fashion Without Borders Exhibition at Botswana National Museum

Fashion Without Borders Exhibition at Botswana National Museum

One of the main reasons I'm typically not invited to these kinds of events

One of the main reasons I'm typically not invited to these kinds of events

Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport, and Cultural Development... Hon. Thapelo Olopeng

Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport, and Cultural Development... Hon. Thapelo Olopeng

Fashion Without Borders Exhibition at Botswana National Museum

Fashion Without Borders Exhibition at Botswana National Museum

Fashion Without Borders Exhibition at Botswana National Museum

Fashion Without Borders Exhibition at Botswana National Museum

Monochrome Mack

Monochrome Mack

TK, came through from Durban... She's the one who told me about Fashion Without Borders 

TK, came through from Durban... She's the one who told me about Fashion Without Borders 

Pre-show

Pre-show

The setup

The setup

Fashion Without Borders main show at AVANI Resort & Casino

Fashion Without Borders main show at AVANI Resort & Casino

Fashion Without Borders main show at AVANI Resort & Casino

Fashion Without Borders main show at AVANI Resort & Casino

Fashion Without Borders main show at AVANI Resort & Casino

Fashion Without Borders main show at AVANI Resort & Casino

Fashion Without Borders main show at AVANI Resort & Casino

Fashion Without Borders main show at AVANI Resort & Casino

Fashion Without Borders main show at AVANI Resort & Casino

Fashion Without Borders main show at AVANI Resort & Casino

Fashion Without Borders main show at AVANI Resort & Casino

Fashion Without Borders main show at AVANI Resort & Casino

Fashion Without Borders organizers, Serge Kabisoso and Tebo Bakwena

Fashion Without Borders organizers, Serge Kabisoso and Tebo Bakwena

Hit up the Home & Lifestyle Expo to support Team Maungo (They make jam with local ingredients)

Hit up the Home & Lifestyle Expo to support Team Maungo (They make jam with local ingredients)

Came through to smell what's cookin'

Came through to smell what's cookin'

Home & Lifestyle Expo - Botswana

Home & Lifestyle Expo - Botswana

Kids representing for Team Maungo

Kids representing for Team Maungo

Dessert made with Maungo Craft Jam!

Dessert made with Maungo Craft Jam!

Hit up Main Deck with my main girls

Hit up Main Deck with my main girls

Found some South Africans taking selfies at Masa Square

Found some South Africans taking selfies at Masa Square

The bartenders and waitresses at Masa Square Hotel's Absolut & Elyx Bar/Lounge 

The bartenders and waitresses at Masa Square Hotel's Absolut & Elyx Bar/Lounge 

Mogoditshane by night

Mogoditshane by night

Road trip to Mogobane Dam

Road trip to Mogobane Dam

Arrived!

Arrived!

Beautiful day by the lake...

Beautiful day by the lake...

Like mother, like daughter

Like mother, like daughter

Yeah, That way...

Yeah, That way...

The sun was showing out...

The sun was showing out...

Team turn up and baby

Team turn up and baby

Shout out to the cloud cover

Shout out to the cloud cover

Panoramic

Panoramic

Sundowners and so special on this side of the world

Sundowners and so special on this side of the world

Golden hour

Golden hour

That 180 view

That 180 view

Greatest Of All Times 

Greatest Of All Times 

All of the feelings...

All of the feelings...

Down by the riverside

Down by the riverside

Another one (Khaled voice)

Another one (Khaled voice)

Together... makes it all worth it

Together... makes it all worth it

When God decides to show out because you haven't been praising him enough...

When God decides to show out because you haven't been praising him enough...

Botswana Diary: March

Last month, I visited Botswana for a week and it was a whirlwind. Here's a quick photo recap of my experience, some of the most memorable moments:

DJ set and interview at Gabz FM

DJ set at Cappello, Absolut & Elyx Lounge, and Jam For Brunch

Donated toiletries and supplies to the Gabz FM #DineoDrive to benefit Tropical Storm Dineo victims

Experienced amazing local musical talent at Naked Soul Sessions

Peeled guava and went hunting for marula fruit with Maungo Craft Jam

Visited Botswana High Court

As you check out the pics, listen to my interview and DJ Mix on Gabz FM...

Check out @AdventuresOfNotBeingFamous on Instagram for more videos.

Thanks Cathy for having me on the show!

Thanks Cathy for having me on the show!

Small donation to support Gabz FM's #DineoDrive to support victims of the tropical storm

Small donation to support Gabz FM's #DineoDrive to support victims of the tropical storm

Jam For Brunch!  

Jam For Brunch!  

Set up

Set up

Say hello to Bonolo

Say hello to Bonolo

Maungo Craft Jam sampling while I'm blending some R&B jams

Maungo Craft Jam sampling while I'm blending some R&B jams

Team Maungo

Team Maungo

Team Maungo secret handshake

Team Maungo secret handshake

It's morphin' time... Ha!

It's morphin' time... Ha!

Views from Bojanala Waterfront

Views from Bojanala Waterfront

Botswana's own DJ Spinz

Botswana's own DJ Spinz

Rollin' with Team Maungo

Rollin' with Team Maungo

Rainy season produces interesting travel conditions

Rainy season produces interesting travel conditions

Another one...

Another one...

Got invited to hang with the grownups at a kid's birthday party

Got invited to hang with the grownups at a kid's birthday party

Birthday boy

Birthday boy

Leshie Lovesong killin' it at Naked Soul Sessions with Cedric on the guitar...

Leshie Lovesong killin' it at Naked Soul Sessions with Cedric on the guitar...

This is where Naked Soul Sessions took place

This is where Naked Soul Sessions took place

The view from Absolut & Elyx Lounge

The view from Absolut & Elyx Lounge

The view from Absolut & Elyx Lounge

The view from Absolut & Elyx Lounge

The view at Cappello

The view at Cappello

Nightfall at Cappello

Nightfall at Cappello

On the way to Yarona FM with the Maungo Jam team for their interview

On the way to Yarona FM with the Maungo Jam team for their interview

Bonolo (Maungo Craft Jam) with Yarona FM radio personalities

Bonolo (Maungo Craft Jam) with Yarona FM radio personalities

Bonolo (Maungo Craft Jam) with Yarona FM radio personalities

Bonolo (Maungo Craft Jam) with Yarona FM radio personalities

Taste test

Taste test

Old packaging for Maungo Craft Jam

Old packaging for Maungo Craft Jam

Taking a walk in Gaborone Station

Taking a walk in Gaborone Station

Views from Mogoditshane

Views from Mogoditshane

Tswana living...

Tswana living...

Lovely African sunset

Lovely African sunset

New Hair, who dis?

New Hair, who dis?

Botswana's High Court

Botswana's High Court

I'm out...

I'm out...

But, I'll be back!

But, I'll be back!

FRINGE Gallery Exhibition X Palladium Boot 2.0 Launch

Inside look at the Palladium Boots launch party in Johannesburg (Braamfontein) for their 2.0 silhouette. 

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