Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day is celebrated annually on February 14 to spread the spirit of love, especially for those in romantic relationships and in most cases leaving those single in the cold, but NOBO Coffee intends to change that on Tuesday.
Situated along Kingsway road, NOBO Coffee is among the few of its kind, a side Walk CafÃ© in Maseru.
It is a coffee shop that offers a selection of coffee and food, established with the goal of increasing the coffee-drinking culture in Maseru.
â€œWhen NOBO Coffee was originally started we wanted to increase the coffee culture in Maseru, and we thought why not utilise this space that we already have then we began operations in May 2022.
â€œNOBO Coffee, being situated where it is, gives us a unique opportunity to tap into foot traffic. We wanted to create a hub for the coffee lover on the go, one where they can pick up a meal, and get along with their day,â€ said Nicole Niyonzima, the promotions and advertising specialist at the CafÃ©.
On Valentineâ€™s Day, the CafÃ© will host an event called Speed Dating with the intention to bring together young bachelors and bachelorettes to interact with each other in a fun and innovative manner, while also celebrating the day of love.
Niyonzima told Newsday that â€œspeed dating is an event designed to help single people meet as many potential matches in a short series of dates as possible. We thought it would be fun to have an event that forced our customers to interact with each other in a fun and innovative manner, while also celebrating the day of love.â€
The event is expected to attract some of the well-known socialites in Maseru, with among others the likes of talented songwriter and singer, Tamia Phooko who was the inaugural winner of the 2019 Step-Up Lesotho music competition, together with popular YouTuber, Lungile Matutoane who identifies himself as â€œa man for the culture, a big lover of music, content creator and a fashion enthusiast.â€
Social media influencer and brand promoter, Ditsoanelo Masiu is also expected to grace the event as well as music producer, and disc jockey Bakoena Seboka who also triples as a data consultant during the day.
Asked what criterion was used to pick the invited bachelors and bachelorettes, Niyonzima stated that it was because they wanted to get people’s attention by offering them a chance to interact with some well-known faces in Maseru.
â€œThe reason we used potential eligible bachelors and bachelorettes was that we wanted to get the peopleâ€™s attention by offering them a chance to interact with some well-known faces in Maseru. Tamia Phooko is a talented singer and selecting a woman such as herself was because many people love her music and would probably enjoy interacting with her closely,â€ she said.
She concluded by adding that â€œwe promise Basotho a fun, fresh experience that boasts a chance to meet new people in a relaxed and safe environment where all attendees want the same thing. We want to offer Basotho more choices when it comes to the entertainment offered here at home, hence we plan on having much more creative and out-of-the-box events from now on.â€