Pageant set to change the lives of young men

Falakhe Zulu, Mash Mokgatle, Bheki Nobunga and Lifa Sibanyoni.

The event was hosted by AB Events Management. Founders, Admire Mohlala and Billy Brown, say the organisation’s main aim is to close the gap in nurturing boys in society.

Bheki Nobunga was crowned as Mr Mpumalanga 2018, with Zulu voted as first runner-up and Lifa Sibanyoni clinching the position of second runner-up.

Sifiso Mashaba scooped the public’s choice award and Given Magagula won the Mr Personality category.

According to Brown, who is an events coordinator and promoter for AB Events Management, they have identified a gap in the raising and nurturing of boys, as much focus is centred on girls.

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“This oversight or neglect of boys is the main source of many of the societal challenges that we are faced with today.

That is why we came up with the idea of Mr Mpumalanga as an innovative platform targeting boys. We are affording them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be groomed to be ambassadors, who are going to be change agents within our societies,” said Brown.

The event was proudly sponsored by local businesses, including Boston City Nelspruit Campus, Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit, Dees Africa Spa, Sneakers Edition and Aspirations, Premier The Hotel Winkler and Protea Hotel Marriott Hazyview.

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After winning the prestigious Mr Mpumalanga crown, Nobunga said he was speechless but thanked God. “Through Him all things are possible and I would also like to commend AB Events Management, and also the sponsors, for making the event a success,” said Nobunga.

He promised to bring inspiration to the young men of Mpumalanga and bring more light to #ABoyChildAlsoNeedsProtection and also bring awareness to the community to stop overlooking the protection of boys.

“Protection of men and moulding them to respect themselves as well as the opposite sex will yield a generation that eradicates the perception that men are trash in the community,” concluded Nobunga.

Tom Zwane

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