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Miss World voting system might possibly fail Oweditse…

The on-going Miss World beauty pageant in London might be one of the most fascinating and enthralling events to follow right now, but, at the same time, it can be disappointing to a voluminous who do not comprehend the voting system.

Miss World each year gives the public an opportunity to vote for their favourite contestant, and it turned out that the platform used doesn’t do voters any favour. Miss World 2019 vote is live now and voting has opened. For one to vote for their favourite, they need to download the Miss World App, Mobstar app or alternatively vote across all social media platforms or on the Miss World website. With over two weeks since the voting has been opened, lot of Miss Botswana followers have been struggling to cast their vote.

This, however, puts the Queen on the wrong side of the competition. Every time one more participant is being voted for, her votes automatically wanes. The Queen posted on social media recently that the Miss World voting system experiences technical hitches, but her followers should use other forms of voting which have proved to be knotty as well. ‘’Don’t forget to continue voting on the Miss World website on a daily. If it keeps saying you voted, log in with a different social account and vote. Miss World uses a ratio that’s why votes keep going down. Please, let’s vote on the website, Mobstar, Instagram, Youtube and Facebook to have me move up the ranks’’ she said

Despite Miss Botswana official Facebook page’s plea to vote for Queen Oweditse, her votes remain puny and fading. This is a sad reality because from my reflexion, this is caused by a blunder from Miss World and nothing is being done to solve this subject, essentially, nothing will be done! For other countries with good internet accessibility, it is a gratuity and as for Botswana, it is a handicap. ‘’Voting has begun on the Miss World website. Go to Fafa’s contesting profile and log in through one of the social media icons available there.

Then click vote. It’s as simple as that. For those who are wondering why her vote percentage keeps fluctuating, the percentage is a fraction of the total votes casted for all contestants on the website at a time. Which means when more people vote for other people her percentage vote goes down’’ reads a statement from Miss Botswana. According to Miss Botswana, last week our hot number’s votes were at 2%. This week, precisely on Tuesday, they were at 0.89% and Wednesday morning they denigrated to 0.84%.

The PR department indicated that this is not deception, the number of voters affect her ranking at any given time. The decreasing numbers imply that there are more people voting on the website, therefore the majority of these votes are for other contestants more than they are for the Queen.

‘’On the website it’s one vote per person, therefore the best we can do after voting is to encourage our networks to vote as well. It literally takes less than a minute to vote. Remember, making it rain our beautiful blue, black and white flag on any of the Miss World platforms makes her more visible amongst the 110 contestants. The more visible and noticed she gets, the better her chances so she needs us to represent us pretty well’’ the statement reads.

In other news, Batswana who are Oweditse’s aficionados took to social media to express disenchantment and discontent at the Miss World voting system. ‘’We are strained and frazzled by Mobstar application. I tried to follow the link it’s not working. Anyway, good luck to our Queen, we are all behind you’’ Modiro Moalosi said. ‘’We want to vote for our queen, but the app is failing to download. But, you go girl’’. ‘’I tried to vote and it says it’s closed. What do I do? ‘’To be using voting system on such competitions is biased.

Countries with higher populations have an advantage whilst countries with a much smaller population like Botswana must embark on marketing efforts to attract votes from elsewhere. Also, undeveloped countries have a challenge with internet accessibility, it disadvantages their representatives. The Miss World pageant should be made more fair and votes must take less weight’’ Tlotleng Sanchez wrote.

According to Miss World data released this week, Botswana has not made a cut into the Top 40. Early announcement Miss World Scoreboard indicates that these countries in particular order are the Top 40: Nepal, Thailand, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Indonesia, Venezuela, France, Vietnam, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Bangladesh, Mexico, Russia, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Spain, South Africa, panama, Myanmar, England, India, South Sudan, Canada, Ethiopia, Australia, Angola, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Italy, Turkey, USA, Germany, Kenya, Korea, Japan and finally Portugal.

Miss World contestants arrived in London on 20th November and the grand finale will be taking place this coming weekend at ExCel London. The opening ceremony was held in London, each contestant has been competing in a series of fast track events that guarantee a place in the Top 30. These include multimedia, sport, talent, top model, head to head challenge and beauty with a purpose, and they were taken on a journey across some of the London’s most iconic landmarks taking in its rich culture and heritage.

The ‘Beauty with a Purpose’’ global humanitarian programme is at the heart of Miss World. This global platform inspires and empowers thousands of young women from around the world to sue their talents to raise awareness and funds in aid of humanitarian causes that make real and lasting tangible differences to the poor, sick and disadvantaged.

The highly-anticipated Miss World  final show will be broadcast globally to over 150 countries, where viewers will watch as the reigning Miss World, Vanessa Ponce de Leon, pass the crown to the 69th Miss World in London this coming Saturday. Miss World 2020 will be held in Thailand to celebrate its 70th year. Thailand will be working very closely in London with Miss World to share the London experience. However, full details of the 2020 celebrations will be announced in due time.

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Overcoming the trauma of rape

29th September 2020
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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

Princess Marina Psychiatric Clinic

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200,000 Members of International Church Hold Virtual Prayer Service for Covid-19

22nd September 2020
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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.”

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AFRIMMA nominates Vee Mampeezy

22nd September 2020
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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.

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