After a very objectionable and last minute cancellation of the country most renowned festive event Home Coming Concert, or HCC as eminently known, the entire country is on DJ Easy B who is the man behind this occasion.
At every small or big village in the Central District going North, South or Western part of the country, chilling outlets, or households even, people cannot stop talking about Home Coming Concert, which according to its followers, is headed for a horrific crash! And for a good reason- what a pure disaster.
Home Coming Concert has been going on for quite a long time now, and for the past three years the concert has been losing relevance. It started off with artists failing to show up, sound being bizarre or security being dumpy or not that taut. This on its own is a slip-up, and had to be dealt with. Fortunately, DJ Easy B has steadfast elites who will rather compromise their well-being and show up at the event that is lemon, but this time around, he showed them dust! Last year saw the best coming out of Home Coming Concert advertising, and one would have thought that the event will be a prodigious one, more so that the line-up was just remarkable.
HCC was accurately promoted, all year long. On Friday 27th September 2019, the event featured South African Dr Malinga in Kanye at a nightclub dubbed Hashtag on what they called African Tour. He was accompanied by Beat Movement and Thabla Soul, both from South Africa. The event was supported by DJ Easy B himself, DJ Lex as well as La Spinner. The following day Easy B hosted revellers at what they called Mahalapye Spring Picnic. Three days later, as one way of getting the event out there to its lovers, we saw yet another South African dynamo Prince KayBee does his magic at The United Lounge in Gaborone alongside the country most celebrated DJ Kuchi.
HCC cohorts waited for the line up to be revealed, and half of it was released on the 28th November 2019.
It was actually half of their international acts, which comprised of DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Caiiro as well as the man of the year, Master KG. It was a burning combination of what party animals were looking forward to, but well, their desires were shattered at the very last minute. It must have been a hard pill to swallow…sad! Their Facebook post about this reveal reached close to seven thousand reactions, two thousand comments and close to a thousand shares. These numbers indicate how big Home Coming Concert is, and it’s all up to Easy B to earn his follower’s trust again, provided he wants to see HCC booming again. But, at this particular moment, the event is heading for a bang, and I mean a bad din, it’s sad but true.
Two days later, Easy B used all his powers to add yet another South Africans in his line-up. We genuinely do not know who advised him to reach this puerile decision, but what’s imperative for now is, it cost him his exquisite event. We saw hit maker of Akulaleki and tender love Shasha being brought into the equation, as well as DJ Jury. As if that was not enough, Easy B added Tshego, a hit maker of Hennesy. Fast forward to December 20th, a final line-up was publicised. It contained all the amazing artists from South Africa and local ones…and they all confirmed they will be coming.
Tables turned on the day the event was to take place, Home Coming Concert was cancelled. In a press statement released just exactly when party lovers were thronging Mahalapye Railways Stadium, the organisers said ‘’we regrettably wish to inform our loyal Home Coming Concert supporters that this year’s event has been cancelled. All booked artist were scheduled to be performing at their given time but unfortunately we could not meet our contractual obligations with some of the booked artists which led to a delay of the whole event. It is very unfortunate that the artist’s demands could not be met well in time. We wish to inform our loyal customers who have purchased their tickets that ‘there will be a makeup show early next year’. We would like to take this time to apologise to every one of you who was looking forward to this year’s Home Coming Concert as it was never our intention to disappoint all of you. The Home Coming Concert team is working around the clock to ensure that you guys get the best makeup show’’
This press release captivated different reactions and from what I perceived, the fans were not contented. ‘’Easy B sell this Home Coming brand, you have been at the helm for 11 years now. It’s time to let it go Uncle’’ Lesego Masisi aired her opinion. ‘’Give people back their funds, Batswana need to stand together for their hard earned money, cancelling so last minute while some people have already travelled, booked for accommodation, it’s not like you didn’t know the concert wasn’t going to be’’ said Edwin Tsietso. ‘’The line-up was too good to be true, I expected this. Bring back our money, this is obtaining by false pretence’’, Kaone Sebereko commented. As many as they were, some felt ‘’that’s the end of it all bro, let it go because the industry needs fresh minds now’’, said MJ Pilane. ‘’I am available to perform for P150 and a plate of food’’ Topo Gakebobone shared this hilarious comment. ‘’Why sell tickets before meeting the artist’s contractual obligations, you obtain money from Batswana under false pretence under Botswana police penal code. You must be arrested and charged’’ said Batshani Chakalisa.
However, the organisers assured those that bought tickets that they will get their money back from the same outlets they bought them from. Surprisingly enough, early this year refunds were not ready as organisers claim relevant people are not back at work to process everything for them. This must be a joke, but not a funny one! Well, they reiterated their apologies for the great inconvenience they caused, especially during festive season where everyone wants to be partying. Is this the end of Home Coming Concert? No one knows…and it’s only Easy B who can tell.
By the look of things, Home Coming Concert has reached bedrock! Request for an interview sent to organisers of HCC was not responded to the time of going to print.
This past weekend MultiChoice Botswana hosted media and lifestyle enthusiasts in Oodi for an evening of fun, drama and everything in between. The treat dubbed Big Brother Titans Botswana media challenge basically recreated the Big Brother experience right here in Botswana.
Big Brother Titans is the joint South African and Nigerian edition of the Big Brother franchise. The series follows contestants as they live in an isolated house and compete for a cash prize at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by the viewers.
These viewers vote their favorite housemates to stay on the show. The show features housemates from South Africa and Nigeria. The first season of the show premiered on January 15 2023 on DStv.
DStv Botswana Corporate Affairs Manager, Thembile Legwaila told WeekendLife that they saw it critical to host media friends to experience how it feels by being in the Big Brother house.
“For the very first time in history of Big Brother, we’ve seen the merging of two superpowers, Mzansi and Naija, with the Big Brother Titans season and what a better way to celebrate the monumental season than hosting our media friends.”
Participants were treated to top notch reception complimented by the Oodi sunset which just blew them away. A special shuttle was organized from Gaborone to Oodi, at a farm house that is just incredible in terms of design, aesthetics and ambience.
Of course they were welcomed by soft cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for those who are not drinkers, and the next booth was an opportunity for housemates to introduce themselves to the man of the house, Biggie. RB2’s new baby Mdu the Party played the role of Biggie, and he nailed the character.
Some of the contestants were asked what they will do with the grand prize of P5000. With my ongoing voluntary movement, #Pad4HER, I needed the cash prize to push the campaign. #Pad4HER is a campaign that I started last year with an aim of helping female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to sanitary towels. Anyway, luck was not on my side but my colleague from The Botswana Gazette, Gosego Motsumi emerged as the winner.
We got done with the questions and made way into the house. The party began with more drinks and the first challenge kicked off. For this particular challenge, we were divided into pairs. I was matched with Motsumi and we won the first challenge.
Other housemates asked how we managed but it was simple: we had a strategy before embarking on the challenge. We sat down and debated on what we need to do in order to emerge victorious.
DStv engaged a phenomenal local chef, Rachel Tlagae who served some enchanting, light meal. Its Big Brother Titans so we ought to mind what we eat and also take note of quantities. Chefs also brought some wine to go with the meal and everyone was contented.
THE WINNING CHALLENGE
Housemates were taken through the last challenge: mental ability. This particular challenge needed them to know who they are as well as knowing their fellow housemates. It was one of the simplest challenges yet difficult. This is where I lost lot of points even though I was at the top (after winning the first challenge).
These housemates were all unique in their own way. From the media side was myself, Sharon Mathala, Leungo Mokgwathi, Gosego Motsumi and Nancy Ramokhua. This is a team which did exceptionally well altogether. Motsumi emerged as the winner, followed by Mathala and me on fourth position.
The third position was won by Loungo Pitse from influencer’s side, and he tagged alongside DJ Gouveia, Dato Seiko, Kedi Molosiwa and Gape Makwati.
Legwaila said “We wanted to have a healthy mix of traditional media (print and radio) as well as social media personalities, artists and content creators in the house. We chose individuals who were characteristically different from each other because variety and diversity is important to us. We of course chose those with outgoing personalities as well as those who are a little more introverted as we wanted the interaction to be authentic and organic. We wanted a solid group of individuals who represented the many different people that make up this beautiful country.”
DSTV IS COOKING SOMETHING
When quizzed if there are plans to have a similar Big Brother Titans Botswana, Legwaila said “MultiChoice Africa is focused on entertaining audiences all over Africa with the current Big Brother franchises; BB Titans, Mzansi and Naija. Though we have no immediate plans to have a Big Brother Botswana in the future, we are continuously looking at ways to entertain our Botswana audience with local content and we are excited for what’s to come in the next few weeks from our country.”
The 71st Miss Universe competition will be going down at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans next week in the United States. There are eighty four entrants at this year’s Miss Universe, and Botswana will once again not be a part of the pageant.
The Miss Universe will be hosted by Jeannie Mai and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, who last served as host during Miss Universe 2020, while Mai last served as backstage correspondent during Miss Universe 2014. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Zuri Hall will serve as backstage correspondents. This will mark the first time in a 70-year history to have an all-female presenting panel.
Botswana last participated at the Miss Universe in 2013, in which the Miss Universe Botswana pageant was won by Tsoane Macheng. Ever since then, Botswana never made its return to the biggest beauty pageant in the world, despite its consistent ability to send a representative to participate at the Miss World competition.
Miss Universe Botswana Director, Safie Sekgwa, allegedly holds the Miss Universe license. Efforts to reach him proved futile, as his mobile phone rung unanswered.
Despite Botswana showing zero efforts in participating at the Miss Universe, the beauty pageants 2019 crown was flanked by two smaller diamonds cut from the same stoned mined in Botswana.
Jewelry designer Mouawad created a new “Power of Unity” crown reportedly worth 5 Million US Dollars, and the title was won by South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi. She was the third South African to be crowned Miss Universe.
BOTSWANA’S POOR RECORD AT MISS UNIVERSE
Botswana is said to be one African country with the most beautiful women, but, the poor performance at the Miss Universe, communicates otherwise. Perhaps, representatives at the pageant are not academically gifted, as the Miss Universe tests how keen they are also.
Mpule Kwelagobe made history when she was crowned Miss Universe 1999. That was few months after she was crowed the first ever Miss Universe Botswana. Kwelagobe became the third woman from Africa who was crowned Miss Universe.
In 2000, Miss Universe Botswana then, Joyce Molemoeng did not place at Miss Universe, and the same blue reality struck again in 2001, when Mataila Sikwane also failed drastically.
After a two year hiatus, Miss Universe 2004, Icho Keolotswe also failed to place at Miss Universe. That was the end of participation at Miss Universe, only to return in 2010. Tirelo Ramasedi, Miss Universe 2010 also did not win. The same losing trend followed from 2011 (Larona Kgabo), 2012 (Sheillah Molelekwa) and 2013 (Tsaone Macheng).
MISS UNIVERSE 2022 UNDERWAY
Preparations are ongoing to hold the 71st Miss Universe competition. Harnaaz Sandhu of India will crown her successor at the end of the event. There are nine countries which have withdrawn from participating: Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Morocco, Romania and Sweden.
As for returns, Miss Universe 2022 will see Angola, Belize, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago as well as Uruguay.
Lebanon won Miss Universe in 1971, Angola in 2011, Trinidad and Tobago in 1977 and1998. Youngest Miss Universe 2022 participants are aged 18, and they are from British Virgin Islands, Iceland and Krgyzstan and Switzerland’s representative is nineteen.
MISS UNIVERSE ALMOST 6 MILLION US DOLLAR CROWN
Miss Universe has unveiled its new crown for the 71st competition. The new crown, “The Crown Number 12: Force for Good” was crafted by world renowned luxury jeweler Mouawad.
The new crown, with pear-shaped blue sapphires surrounded by diamonds and valued at approximately 5.58 Million US Dollars, will be the prestigious mark of honor for the winner this coming week.
According to the Miss Universe organization, the Force for Good crown emanates Mouawad’s passion for crafting the extraordinary, featuring the meticulous setting of sapphires and diamonds, whose design is replete with symbolism.
Reflecting the point that significant change does not happen in an instant, the base of the crown is set with diamonds symbolizing the status quo. From the base upwards, rippling wave motifs reflect the momentum of change, with their varying sizes portraying that this momentum gains ground gradually through advocacy at different moments and places, to audiences large and small, over time.