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Oweditse’s Miss World looks are piping hot!

Our hot number, the relentless and glamorous Miss Botswana Oweditse Phirinyane is currently in London for the 69th edition of Miss World. And, her looks, I must say are giving us no time to breath, she is doing the things! She is dazzling in gowns and matching shoes that we have never seen before.
 

Because it’s very cold in London right now, Oweditse accessorises her outfits with long gloves, and jackets with a bit of fur. The Queen’s is within, literally, this is what we expected and it requires attention! The Queen was sent off to London two weeks ago to start boot camp for Miss World 2019, and we saw family members and well-wishers at the airport being blissful and emotional at the same time. She looked regal, ready and contented to represent the country at a beauty pageant that is one of the biggest in the whole world.

The following day, she was warm received and hailed by the Botswana Embassy in London, before she could head to her hotel. ‘’She arrived safely looking amazing, calm like she hasn’t just travelled across to another continent. Thank you Botswana Embassy in London for welcoming her with such warmth’’ reads a statement from the Miss Botswana PR office.

Now, this woman knows all the tricks for looking tiara-ready. As beauty pageants continue to change, one thing is certain, these pageants aren’t easy, especially Miss World. Our Queen even confessed in a live video on Sunday, and she was right. Miss World 2019 is completely different! Yet under bright stage lights and high definition cameras, these ladies always look amazing. Oweditse is one amongst participants at Miss World who is doing well in that regard. It’s only vital you follow her across all social media platforms to find out what I mean, and it’s now or never! She doesn’t have enough time to spill her secret on everything from hair and makeup to posing and posture, but we see these looks anyway! They are shutting down the internet, plainly.

In an exclusive interview with Pauline Dikuelo, Miss Botswana PRO, the Queen applies products that make her skin smooth and even, making sure that she doesn’t miss a spot, or even when she does, she blend in so it won’t be as noticeable. She also keeps her teeth lipstick free, as this trick helps keep her pearly whites extra white. Incredible! ‘’We advise her to wear darker lipstick as it makes teeth look white and smile look bigger. It’s an amazing trick that makes her look more beautiful’’ Dikuelo said

Aftershave isn’t just for men, apparently! They say Nivea’s sensitive skin aftershave for men does the things. It has glycerine in it, and leaves your skin toned and suave. Her modern spin on classic gowns are stealing the show. The Miss World participants have been taken from one show to another in iconic buildings of London, attending gala dinners, entertainment shows and others!

The very first time she arrived in London, it was raining so she had to put on some coat. For the Head-to-Head Challenge draw, our Queen looked stunning on a suit designed locally by Keno Custom Suits, and oh well, all of her outfits at Miss World are made here. This suit was made good-looking by a top from House of Kay, which is run and operated by Kaone Moremong. Not only that, Moremong was on a team that organised Miss Botswana 2019 and she volunteered to be the Queens Manager! I must say that is highly commendable. The look was made complete by a coat that is also designed locally by Funky Resy. These local fashion designers must be applauded for a job-well done, I mean, the outfits are just eccentric.

Versatile Creations also came on board and designed a smart piece for our Queen. This was a floral dress for an evening occasion they were invited to in London. You could tell from the selfie she posted that she loved the dress. We loved it too, because it made her look like the next Miss World. Queens wear lovely dresses every time, and she is doing exactly that. Let’s just hope she makes it to the top. The Top Model auditions came through, and Oweditse was ready and regal to conquer the runway.

Having participated in every major fashion show in Botswana and holding an impressive seven pageantry titles under her belt, we were more than proud to see her do her thing on the runway, and it turned out that she wasn’t impressive enough. The judges did not put her on the Top Model Top 40, which is fine. For her Top model auditions, she was dressed by House of Kay again.

On November 23rd, she had quite an eventful day. Her first stop was the English National Opera where they had a great time watching what she says was ‘’an exceptional show’’. She was wearing a beautiful top by Kanyo M, pants and trench by Funky Resy. In one of the good days, they had a relaxed day and rehearsals that were followed by dinner. On that evening, her outfit was designed by Betty Jackson and it made her look astonishing.

Oweditse is a go getter, she never does the envy and she advises people to be well-wishers every time. Just few days ago, she posted a beautiful picture wearing a beautiful cocktail dress designed by Diconza Designs. One of the designers who I noticed did the things as well is Jaypee Line, who had a suit for our hot number. She was wearing it when doing her Head-to-Head challenge just this past weekend.

On Monday this week, the Queen embarked on a boat trip that was followed by an afternoon tea at the House of Lords. She took to social media to say she was humbled to have toured the most iconic building in London. ‘’Palace of Westminster is perhaps the oldest, iconic home and symbol of democracy in the Commonwealth and beyond. A couple of them shed a tear, so I guess I did well. I can confidently say I have walked within the walls of power, a historic home representing democracy’’.

Oweditse was also chosen to represent and speak on behalf of Queens from Africa. She gave a speech, and if I recall very well, our Miss Botswana 2010 Emma Wareus was given the same platform the time she was at Miss World. She placed first Miss World runner up, subsequently becoming Miss World Africa. This is the highest placement for a woman from Botswana in the history of the pageant, and the highest placement for her since Mpule Kwelagobe won Miss Universe 1999.

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Botswana fades away from Miss Universe pageant

17th May 2021
MISS-UNIVERSE-2013-Tirelo

Botswana once had a story love affair with the world’s biggest premium beauty pageant, Miss Universe. This was in 1999 when Botswana’s first representative at Miss Universe, Mpule Kwelagobe, effortlessly snatched the title.

It was every contestant’s beautiful dream to wear the crown, but winning at first entry was implausible if not magical. Kwelagobe made the country contented, and history was made. Taking a closure significant look at her performance at the Miss Universe held at the Chaguaramas Convention Centre in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago, Kwelagobe battled it out on and off stage with 84 contestants and showed them dust. She was in the Top 5 spot with South Africa, Venezuela, Philippines and Spain. There are countries which snatch the Miss Universe title every year.

Miss Universe 2019 was a South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi. Mpule Kwelagobe scorecard looked pretty remarkable. She scored 9.05 out of 10 on her interviews, 9.18 swimsuit, 9.36 evening gown, semi-final average 9.19 and 9.48 on the Top 5 question. These results were good enough to earn her the crown.

However, over the years (since the crowning of Mpule Kwelagobe), Botswana has been fading away from participating at the Miss Universe. Between 2002 and 2003, the country did not participate in Miss Universe but in 2004, the country sent a winning title of Miss Universe Botswana to Ecuador, Miss Universe 2004.

In 2010, Mos Syde Worldwide Entertainment Group: an international entertainment and fashion company domiciled in Botswana took over the Miss Universe Botswana pageant after a six-year absence. Tirelo Ramasedi was crowned Miss Universe Botswana 2010, and represented the country in Las Vegas on August 23. As it is right now, Ramasedi is the only former Miss Universe queen still keen in having her name shine out there: she works closely on projects aimed at empowering women and young girls.

Sadly so, 2013 was the last time Botswana participated in Miss Universe. After five years of not participating at Miss Universe pageant, the first Miss Universe Botswana Mpule Kwelagobe took over the franchise. The winner selection of Miss Universe Botswana 2019 was to remark Botswana to Miss Universe 2019, however, was cancelled.

2019 marked another possible six years since Botswana lacked participation in Miss Universe. This drastic zero participation in this premium beauty competition paved way for our neighbours South Africa to sail smoothly at the competition. Zozibini Tunzi became an instant global queen and everyone’s favourite after displaying intelligence, poise and taking up space to be crowned Miss Universe 2019.

The pageant was not held in 2020 due to COVID-19. This will be the third time in the history of the competition in which the event will be held after the calendar year has ended: this previously occurred during Miss Universe 2014 and Miss Universe 2016 (in which Botswana was not participating).

Miss Universe Organization announced early this year that the competition would be held on May 16 2021, at Seminole Hard rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, United States. Zozibini Tunzi will crown her successor at this competition.

Botswana, will not be participating at the Miss Universe 2020, again. The weakening Miss Universe Botswana has been attributed to by internal fights within the organization. But why participate at Miss Universe?

The Miss Universe Organization is a global, inclusive organization that celebrates women of all cultures and backgrounds and empowers them to realize their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success.

Women participate annually to affect positive change personally, professionally and philanthropically as inspirational leaders and role models. The delegates and titleholders that have participated in the MUO system are able to cultivate their personal, professional and philanthropic goals. These women are forward thinking and motivated not just talk about change, but to initiate it.

Prominent beauty pageants analyst in Botswana Morekolodi Smith took Weekendlife in an exclusive interview that it has been so many years of absence from participating at Miss Universe, and this shows that Botswana lacks consistency and commitment.

“The franchise holders fail to host a national pageant. I think they should hand over the license to Miss Botswana Organization because it hosts the pageant annually. Then the winner gets to participate in both Miss World and Miss Universe. They can maybe crown two representatives. Botswana has faded away from Miss Universe platform and fans have forgotten about it,” he said in an interview on Thursday.

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Given Carter fools Batswana – again

11th May 2021
Given Carter

Pranks, for a common man, is designated to the 1st of April- April fool’s day. Usually it’s the only day out of the entire 365 days one can make a fool of others and get away with practically anything, anything legal that is.

While there are fanatics who do it for amusement, there are some who do it to earn their daily bread and butter. Some obviously saw a niche to keep people fascinated especially in these emotionally straining times of COVID-19. For the record, they don’t play ordinary cards as you may think.

Their pranks are as big and as real as marriage wrecking and all the drama that comes along with it. Given Carter is not just your ordinary boy next door. The Tonota born prankster is currently taking the entire country on an emotional rollercoaster from the comfort of his home in Francistown.

At only 32-years, Carter BW’s skills of planning and executing a prank is what sets him apart from the rest. In fact one can go as far as to say that he’s the only prankster Batswana know.His ideas are unique and relevant, telling a tale that someone can sit and think about, perhaps learn from it because they are everyday life happenings that most people can relate to because they have a way of really hitting home.

In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife, the versatile Given Carter (who is also a photographer) says the inspiration behind pranking was to introduce something not so common in Botswana, and challenge typecasts associated with art, especially modern art.

“Growing up, we only saw pranks on the television dominantly done by the whites. We never thought this is something we can do, or maybe we didn’t understand the logic behind it. But I guess, pranks are real life lessons we need, its only that they are shared in a more hilarious and sometimes obstinate way,” he said.

Given Carter told this publication that, he spends most of his time on the internet, learning more tricky skills. This is quite a remarkable observation because in this era of advanced technology, one doesn’t necessarily have to go to school to learn from the grassroot. The use of technology has made it easier for people to acquire skills and knowledge, and still do exceptionally well without being in class.

“Of course, a bit of it is common sense but I make use of the internet to learn more on how I can improve my craft. It is quite unpretentious to do a prank because they are real-life situations, so its not much of a big deal. I needed people to learn and I think I came at the right time because most people are online, and the reception is just incredible.”

He however shed light on his first video shot in Shakawe that went viral, subsequently leading to speculations of his crew’s arrest. Given Carter was however not arrested instead he was brought before the police for questioning.

“We were not arrested as people may think. We were called to write statements on what the prank was all about and we were released the same day. I believe maybe we went too far in what we depicted in the video because it’s something that the society is not yet ready to accept, but it has been happening for a long time,” he told WeekendLife.

In many Western countries, pranksters do this for a living through YouTube accounts and subscriptions. “As it is currently, I do not have a YouTube channel. I am still building a platform and I’m certain very soon it will be up and running. I am primarily focused on taking my craft to the people, and let people know more about what I do. So technically, it has been about familiarising people with the art.”

Even though that’s the case, Given Carter says there is room for paid partnerships and endorsements. After all, there is an entire crew which need money to pay the bills. He says with so much ideas spinning in his head, there is need for financial support to be able to dish out more seeing that people love his works and how realistic his pranks are.

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Vee, Charma Gal battle it out for fellow artistes

4th May 2021
Vee, Charma Gal

Odirile Sento, popularly known as Vee together with Magadeline Lesolobe (Charma Gal) took the liberty of playing as big of a part as they could to consolidate some resources for musicians which might be of assistance during these trying times.

In these unprecedented times of the overwhelming and the deadly COVID-19, it is only critical that people stand together and remain committed to helping each other, being kind enough to lend a helping hand in any way possible.

The contagious virus left people confounded, deprived and depressed. The pandemic shuttered many economies, industries and the entertainment sector was no exemption. If anything, the entertainment industry took the biggest hit of all the sectors but this was a hit felt in every country in the world not just a local tragedy.

There were tear-jerking testimonies of creatives, in particular artists, suffering from extreme hunger as events were given a rain check. Technically, social events have been shut for sixteen months now.

There were series of protests calling for the immediate opening of the creative sector, in a phased manner. Some brave yet unfortunate artists were arrested for taking up arms and protesting the strict COVID-19 regulations placed on the entertainment sector.

When protests failed and their laments falling on government’s usual deaf ears, prominent artists Odirile Sento, popularly known as Vee together with Magadeline Lesolobe (Charma Gal) took the liberty of playing as big of a part as they could to consolidate some resources for musicians which might be of assistance during these trying times.

COVID-19 has created untold challenges for musicians in Botswana, but there are possibilities- challenges have a way of breeding solutions nonetheless.

In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife on Wednesday, Vee said the Battle to Develop Artists Welfare is aimed at inspiring artists to learn diversification, which has been lacking for quite a stretch amongst fellow artists. A lot of local artists depend solely on music, which on its own has been performing below par, and COVID-19 has brought that into clear view, showing how most artists in Botswana live off scraps, barely making money off their beloved passion- music.

“This project was born out of compassion. The world as it is now is experiencing a rough patch, and you can imagine how other artists are coping. It is really a struggle, and we saw it critical to jump on-board and help our fellow colleagues. It will help artists start small businesses, some will start short courses which will enable them to find employment in the long run.

For it to have weight, we incorporated it into a challenge on stage, performing our songs. We hope this will inspire business moguls to sponsor and pledge some monies towards this initiative,” said Vee.

Charma gal indicated that the live battle on stage has been supported with musical instruments, further indicating that this is a volunteerism project with no proceeds to gain from.

“We will divide and disburse proceeds to our fellow artists, I mean these are people we have been working alongside for so many years. There is no how we can be reckless towards them when we see how hard the situation is.

We are in this together, and we are going to stick together like that. Some have started already doing something, and meeting them half way is only fundamental,” Charma Gal told WeekendLife.

The duo stressed that Gaborone North Member of Parliament, Mpho Balopi, has pledged P50 000 towards this battle, further calling on other businessmen to come to the party. Vee says Balopi supported the initiative from the get-go, brushing aside allegations that the project is politically influenced.

Initiatives brought forward to aid the entertainment sector have caused controversy, with Vee emphasizing that not all artists will benefit from this particular charity cause. “We have artists who are struggling, and sadly so. Some of them were bread winners and there is no income coming in, making it hard for them to cope with the economic challenges.

There has been an increase in VAT recently, and such developments make the situation worse. Rigorous assessments will be done to identify our desired beneficiaries.”

Vee and Charma Gal will be battling it out on stage with the battle scheduled to take place on the 28th May 2021. Because events are still striped, the show will be online with COVID-19 protocols to be adhered to.

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