By Phophi Tshikovi
It’s the first Thursday of second semester and most people could not be happier to head straight home after lectures, but something exciting was keeping everyone on campus. The Jammie Plaza is packed and everyone had to find their way through the sea of students. Now, if you spend most of your day at the other end of campus (Leslie Social to NLT) you surely would have been hit by FOMO after having stumbled upon the acts that were performing at this concert. OMGWAP is an initiative by Old Mutual that ran from 1 August to 9 August 2016. It is aimed at searching for talented rappers through social media and giving them the opportunity to jump start their careers.
The concert featured K.O, Amanda Black and Kwesta performing hits such as Amazulu and Ngud. Lectures and tutorials were missed but seeing that it was the first week, all was admissible. This was a rap challenge for university students across the country aimed at raising awareness in financial literacy. Considering nothing defines a student’s life more than a R47 average bank balance, this was what we needed. Contestants had to upload a rap video containing the words ‘Responsible Money Management Habits’ and ‘Responsible Investment’ on Facebook or Twitter.
Sihle Lonzi, a Corporate Relations executive member of the SRC said that as much as the event was a great entertainment for students before we started lectures, it was a platform to raise money that would help students who were on the verge of being financially excluded and had not registered for the year. The top 10 came down to only 3 students: one from CPUT, UCT and Mpumalanga with Nkosinathi Dlamini, from UCT, taking the crown. Upon winning by 2 170 votes, Nkosinathi took to Twitter to thank God for his victory.
This was a Jammie Thursday for the books!