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.
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.
â€śFor the very first time in history of Big Brother, weâ€™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.â€ť
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. RB2â€™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.Â #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 influencerâ€™s side, and he tagged alongside DJ Gouveia, Dato Seiko, Kedi Molosiwa and Gape Makwati.
Legwaila said â€śWe 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.â€ť
DSTV IS COOKING SOMETHING
When quizzed if there are plans to have a similar Big Brother Titans Botswana, Legwaila said â€śMultiChoice 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 whatâ€™s to come in the next few weeks from our country.â€ť
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 yearâ€™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 â€śPower of Unityâ€ť crown reportedly worth 5 Million US Dollars, and the title was won by South Africaâ€™s Zozibini Tunzi. She was the third South African to be crowned Miss Universe.
BOTSWANAâ€™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 Switzerlandâ€™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, â€śThe Crown Number 12: Force for Goodâ€ť 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 Mouawadâ€™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.