When it comes to emceeing events and entertaining people, the likes of Poloko Mosarwa or Phlyhoney if you want to sound fancy seem to have earned their rightful positions in the game. Well, you will agree with me that emceeing is something that requires passion, experience, energy to grab attention of the audience just so they don’t get bored, and above all authenticity and relevance.
An event may last only for a few hours, but staging a successful event requires so much time, effort and attention to details. Naturally, one of the most important factors when staging an event is finding the right person to lead and guide the big occasion for you. Selecting a professional events host who has the perfect mix of professionalism, charm, and wit is essential for any big event to succeed.
In today’s world, for you to be the best as an event host, lifestyle events to be precise, you should be an amusing character. Show us your dance moves, shake what you can shake and let your audience feel your vibes. As for female ladies, it’s critical you have that make-up on fleek, shine…and let boys come closer and have fun in your event! It’s nice to note that we have such people here in this country that is doing exactly what I just said…Well, everyday people are looking for experts to help them in hosting events so they are a success. Corporates too are in dire need of potential experts to emcee their functions.
Clearly, this niche must be paid handsomely as lots of individuals are trying their hands. While some are still trying their luck in the game, some are already winning it all. And in this week edition of Weekend Life…we had a minute of chat with the country’s new phenomenal event host…Poloko Mosarwa! She is admired for her competence and intelligence in handling tough issues, thanks to her open mind and experience. She is a hard worker, a beautiful young woman who had to take a risk of quitting her corporate job to start new life in the entertainment sector. Her hard work and determination have seen her become an epitome of success in the society, and admired by many in an ailing town Lobatse.
Phlyhoney truly delivers when she has been called upon to do her thing that is why she is among the most influential women in the media right now. Her devotion towards creating awareness on gender based violence, women empowerment and child protection and speaking on oppressed women is really motivating. She is multitalented…she is an MC, activist, voice over artist, dancer you name it all can be a little challenging and overwhelming, and she aspires to be a TV presenter. She is legit! In an exclusive interview with Weekend Life, Phlyhoney said being raised by an old couple of the then late 60s taught her not only discipline, but a sense of self-respect and determination. She is very lucky…if not blessed! ‘’I learnt a lot from this couple, they taught me values and principles that have shaped me into the lady I am today. I am kind, respectful, hardworking and most importantly I know how to hold up the family name in public and in the entrepreneurial space’’
Quizzed on why she decided to be an event host, she confidently said ‘’I have worked in corporate world for over 7 years and my heart still wanted something else. This is something I dreamt about every day and since I was young. I took a leap of faith and decided to quit and try something else because I didn’t want to be sitting in an office one day in my 40s regretting not having taken the chance when I could have’’ She believes whatever the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve, and she is right! ‘’I have this desire to succeed and constantly challenging myself to do better. I believe the kind of people I associate myself with and the events I choose to host makes me relevant as well as challenges I come across that makes me develop a thick skin, and have the drive to push even further’’ she said. Everyone has that person they look up to as a source of inspiration.
Phlyhoney indicated that she does too have few people she draws inspiration from…just so she doesn’t give up before time. ‘’It’s only three people I look up to because they share what inspires me daily. They went from what they really wanted and became the best in their own rights. These people are still young but the level of hustle they have within themselves is just incredible. It’s Cassper Nyovest, Rihanna as well as our very own Vee. Besides emceeing and showing off her dance moves, Poloko revealed to this publication that she does digital marketing. ‘’I studied Accounting and Insurance at Botswana Accounting College BAC, Digital Marketing at UCT as well as Economics and Communication at IDM.
I own a digital marketing company, I build websites and do social media marketing for various companies and I also have a heart for community volunteerism. Just recently, I joined hands with an organization in Lobatse called Urban Rhythm Youth Empowerment and it’s aimed at assisting youth overcome challenges they might be facing. I also own a website that has some of the work I have done in the past. So yeah, besides holding the mic, I am busy like that. It’s a busy life after all’’ However, as exciting and flexible the entertainment industry is, it has its flaws. They apply to everyone long as it’s a creative, including event hosts. ‘’Our industry is very small and sometimes you have dodgy promoters who are not willing to give out coin that you worked hard for.
I manage myself and I have encountered challenges which I since learnt to tackle at all the time. It’s not easy, but I can make it seem easy. The industry is mostly run by male promoters that would always book male artists and MCs, and that is wrong in any possible way. I strive to change this with what I have to offer, watch and learn’’. She noted that as the year begins, she is ready for new developments and will be travelling a lot. ‘’2020 is a year of growth and lots of yes’s to all prospects. It involves a lot of travel and growth. I am so excited and wish for my followers to keep checking my social media and website for daily updates.
I am busy…and ready to rock your event, day and night, rain or no rain I am all set’’
According to World Population Review, women aged 16-19 are four times more likely to be victims of rape or sexual assault and female college students ages 18-24 are three times more likely to experience sexual assault. Transgender people and those with disabilities are twice as likely to be victims of sexual assault or rape.
From these very statistics Botswana can be found second only to neighbouring South Africa with the highest rape cases in the world. The number of incidents per 100,000 citizens do not take into account the number of cases that have not been reported to authorities. This goes without saying that Botswana may very well be on the same level as South Africa if not surpassing it.
Most of these victims have a hard time dealing with the violence they faced to an extent where it affects their day to day life.
WeekendLife interviewed rape survivor, Patience Ruwona, who was raped at the age of 15. Ruwona shared her gruesome experience and what it took for her to find healing, gather strength and move forward.
“It happened eight years ago and at the time I was only 15 years old. My mother was staying with her boyfriend at the time. So it happened that one day I came early from school. I was still doing form 2. I was the first one to come back from school. The boyfriend was home. So when I was changing into home clothes in my room, the boyfriend came in without even knocking. He then told me my mother has left some money so that whoever comes back first from school can go and buy meat,” Ruwona narrated.
“I then told him I will come get the money when I am done. He went back to his room. So after I finished changing, I went to their room. I knocked and he told me to come in. When I got, I found him half naked with only a towel. That made me feel very uncomfortable because when we were growing, we were taught never to enter an elder’s room when they are not fully dressed. I told him I came to collect the money and he pointed the dressing table.”
Unbeknownst to the young unsuspecting Ruwona, her mother’s then boyfriend would then grab the young lad, rip apart her garments and have his way with her. When Ruwona threatened to expose him, the audacious perpetrator would laugh in her face, telling her that there would be nothing her mother would do about the incident. And true to his words, Ruwona’s mother did not flinch upon hearing the gruesome crime that befell her daughter.
“In the evening when my mother came I told her everything. It was a simple thing to her and she never took it seriously. I told her I am bleeding and she said go and wash up we will talk about this some other time. Just like that suddenly I recalled that man’s words and I truly believed him. Till then I have not told anyone about this. I thought my mother is going to protect me, so if my mother failed to protect me no one else could protect me,” said a distraught Ruwona.
Seeking help after being raped
“Physically I had no desire to have sexual intercourse, I was scared. Years passed by and emotionally I was still battling because there were days I had flashbacks of the rape. It’s like a wound, it can never heal but it can stop bleeding. It never heals. It will bleed another time. I felt uncomfortable around men and I never went for counselling. I never went for anything, I thought I will cope on my own,” she said.
“So one day I decided enough is enough and I decided to speak out. That time I figured counselling would be best. I later went for counselling and I was doing well. I had to accept it happened and put everything in the past. Forgiving my mother helped me to heal.”
Director of Save A Woman, Babedi Samakabadi, has highlighted that rape is a permanent wound that one has to live with for the rest of their lives.
“The first thing the victim can do is to admit that they have been abused and they should be able to talk about it to whoever they can trust; could be a close relative, a counsellor, a friend or a pastor. It is not easy to take a step towards your healing but it must be done.
Victims of rape, must create a huge room in their hearts to forgive the perpetrators even when they are not sorry, forgiveness will help the victim to make peace with life and the future. Forgiveness will allow the victim to be able to get over the horrible experience and not associate the intimate relations as abuse at all times,” said Samakabadi.
“If one doesn’t allow themselves to heal and move on, dating and engaging in intimate matters are going to be a problem in their lives. As the victim can disclose to whoever they trust like friends or family, they are also advised to seek more especially professional counselling for proper psychological therapy, as the memories of the incident may torment the victim therefore therapy may assist with getting to live with such memories without being drawn back or life progress being affected . Lastly, the victims must know that issues as these aren’t easy to deal with through our own ability, we need God for strength, wisdom and courage. We have no power to diminish some of the weight in our emotions or the damage done to our souls and hearts, hence we need God to carry us through.”
If you or a loved one is in need of help in dealing with rape or gender based violence, the following organisations provide free counselling services;
BOFWA (Botswana Family Welfare Association) 390 0489
BOSASNET (Botswana Substance Abuse Support Network) 395 9119
LIFE LINE 391 1270
MBGE (Men and Boys for Gender Equality) 395 7763
BGBVC (Botswana Gender Based Violence and Support Centre) 390 7659
BOCAIP (Botswana Christian AIDS Intervention Programme) 391 6454
After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.
On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.
The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others.
Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.
The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus.
At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.
“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”
The annual prestigious music awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA), has resumed this year. But this time around with a virtual version of it.
The awards that celebrate the originality of African music has unveiled their seventh edition. The awards seek to promote the African talent by bringing together on the same stage African legendary artists to celebrate African culture.
The event was established by the International Committee of AFRIMMA, in collaboration with African Union to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage amongst African countries.
However after the Covid-19 global pandemic, the event will not be hosted on a live global stage, but it will be hosted virtually and nominees are expected to deliver their performances virtually. The AFRIMMA Virtual Awards 2020 is set to be the first of its kind in the African music world with performances coming from different artists around the world and audience catching the performances, speeches and award presentations on multiple streaming devices.
Amongst the many who are nominated by the AFRIMMAs is local sensation Vee Mampeezy who has been nominated in the category for Best Male Southern African alongside music giants, Black Coffee- South Africa, Slap Dee – Zambia, Cassper Nyovest- South Africa, Master KG- South Africa, Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe, Vee Mampeezy – Botswana, Shyn – Madagascar, Tshego- South Africa, Tha Dogg – Namibia and Yanga Chief – South Africa.
Mampeezy has established with WeekendLife that prior to that, he had received an email from AFRIMMA confirming his nomination. They wished for him to perform which he said he will confirm the performance first with his manager, but as for now he is not sure if he will be performing.
“We have accepted the nomination. It is such an honour to be nominated alongside music giants like Black Coffee. I am very excited, others I am not as excited to be nominated alongside them because I have been nominated before with them. I do not mean to say they are not great, they are great in their respective right,” he said.
“We should be excited as a country that Botswana has been nominated as well. Before anything else, the fact that we are there as nominees makes us winners. It is such an honour to be recognised more so that Botswana is a small country with a very small population.”
Famous and most decorated artists the likes of Diamond Platnumz, Mr Flavour, Harmonize, Davido and Jah Prayzah are also amongst the nominees. However, South African based artist affectionately known as Master KG has been nominated six times for Video of the year, Best Male Southern Africa, Artist of the year, Best Collaboration as well as song of the year.
Master KG’s song ‘Jerusalem’ has been making waves internationally, and it was used mostly during the pandemic to shake off the Covid-19 anxiety. The song was nominated after South African Music Awards (SAMA) failed to nominate the young talented artist.