Born in Molepolole some years ago and adopted in her early childhood,Mpho Merriweather is her name and the sky certainly isn’t her limit.
Beyond the sparkle, opulence and luxury lies a pack of fierce and glamorous women calling all kinds of shades! Glamour is not a question, money is not an issue and drama is the name of the game. This show is a glimpse into the lives of Johannesburg’s most successful and richest women. Some of them are not initially from South Africa; they are there because of various motives. Our very own reality TV star has joined this most watched show, mostly watched because of drama, shade and lies that the women throw at each other.
Known for her charisma, determination, creativity and enthusiasm, Mpho Merriweather is her name and the sky certainly isn’t her limit. Born in Molepolole some years ago and adopted in her early childhood, she was raised in a multicultural diverse environment with a wordily and dynamic outlook. It was no surprise that she would lead in the art and design industry as she became Botswana’s first female jewellery designer for De Beers.
So I checked all search engines to actually see what Merriweather has been up to, and how she feels about being on this hot and notorious show in South Africa. She is a villain Queen of shade…and she is an ultimate peacemaker, and it depends on what day it is, which hour and how her mood is like! And oh, it also depends on how much champagne she had at that particular time. Silly! Commenting on what she liked about Season 1, she said ‘’I love the fact that women were being themselves, they showed their true colours and they had no room to be fake’’. Merriweather joined this shoe because she wanted to have a platform for women to be able to express themselves more, and live their fancy lives to the fullest.
Quizzed on what viewers should expect from her on this show, she said ‘’they should expect a lot of laughter, truth and drama’’. Merriweather is at the top of her game by a mile. Not only is she acing the role of project manager for major events around the country, she’s also a trained jewellery designer. She believes it’s her destiny to trot around the globe and experience different cultures. A devoted mother of 5, and a ‘blended family Queen’, Merriweather is really ready to deliver a refreshing sighting on the Real Housewives of Johannesburg.
Having joined the cast for Season 2 of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg just recently, Merriweather and the whole cast promises more sparkle, over the top parties, expensive shows and bigger handbags. They do lavish face beats, long lashes and ball gowns. Merriweather, who is nicknamed the money machine, is set to show the world just how fancy she can get and may just rub a couple of people the wrong way. She was in Gaborone on Wednesday for greet and meet with the media.
Meanwhile, The Real Housewives of Johannesburg is a South African reality television series that premiered on 3 August 2018, on M-Net’s rebranded channel, 1Magic. The series is currently on season two and is produced by RHOSA Production Company. The show is developed as an international instalment of the American The Real Housewives franchise and the first instalment of the franchise set in Africa. It focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women living in Johannesburg.
The current cast consists of original housewives Christall Kay, brunette Seopela, Lebo Gunguluza, Lethabo Mathatho, Mpho Merriweather, Mpumi Mophatlane and Tarina Patel. Previously featured cast members include mother and daughter, Evodia and Mercy Mogase, Lendy Ter Mors and Naledi Willers.
Organisers of the much anticipated As One Music Concert say preparation for the much awaited as one of the music concert are at the peak, with ticket and merchandise sales at a high just 13 days before the event.
In a statement Kesego Okie, Managing Director of Blue Skies PR Agency and event coordinator “The Concert is a celebration of ATI’s journey in music. It is also an incredible platform for all stakeholders, particularly businesses that operate in Francistown, to show their commitment to the resuscitation of the City’s economy following the impact of Covid.
We are grateful for the reception by the city leadership and look forward to cooperate Francistown heeding our call to support the arts, which would in turn, be supporting many livelihoods and small business in the area”.
She expressed gratitude to the public for their immense support evidenced by ticket sales and talk ability, saying this is testimony that indeed As One the nation can go fa in the true spirit of boipelego (self-reliance).
The concert is partnership between Batho Bame Investment and Blue Skies PR Agency. “A lot of work has gone in to prepare for the highlight, and I am thankful to everyone who believes in the dream and supports us. I promise nothing but the very best of me and would love to express my utmost gratitude to all creatives and businesses that are a part of this Journey” Atasaone ATI Molemogi.
The concert will be the first music show taking place within the main pitch of the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium, which was chosen to host because of its distinct state of art ambiance, coupling Francistown’s position as a gate way to many strategic places in Botswana.
Francistown is not only rich in history, but also an enabler for economic activity for unearthed tourist destination surrounding it. It is an honour to have been given the approval by the city leadership and the people of Francistown to host this Concert in their backyard’ ATI.
As part of activities for the 8th edition of Africa’s most prestigious award ceremony, the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice Nigeria will host celebrity movie stars and film directors from Hollywood ahead of the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 14 May in Lagos.
The visiting Hollywood stars will be led by Tasha Smith, actress, director and producer, known for her role in the acclaimed films, ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ and its sequel, ‘Why Did I Get Married, Too?’. She will be joined by Bayo Akinfemi, a cast member of the popular television series, ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ as well as Brandon Micheal Hall of the ‘God Friended Me’ series fame
Also expected are Sidra Smith, award-winning Producer and Head of Essence’s Film and TV Studio and Grant Housley, Hollywood Producer, Writer and Director currently at Paramount Pictures, where he has worked on some of the biggest films and most critically acclaimed television series in the world.
While in Nigeria, the stars will meet with the #AMVCA8 nominees and other industry stakeholders. This historic visit is in line with MultiChoice and Africa Magic’s efforts in sustaining the Africa film making and storytelling momentum, through deliberate global collaboration.
The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought to viewers by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta. For more information, visit www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA and follow all official handles of Africa Magic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #AMVCA8
There is a growing unpleasant of artists who do not pitch for events they have been booked for; or simultaneously, there could be another development – false advertising – where artists’ names are used to draw large crowds.
Musicians and promoters in their mission to put bread on the table seem to have resorted to obscene means of securing their means. To many, this is tantamount to fraud and deception to gain an unfair advantage over their unsuspecting fans who swoon at the mention of their name, their presence and entire existence.
The month of May has just begun and bottomless grievances are pouring in of no show musicians at gigs they have been booked and paid for. Instead of leaving the crowd stunned by a spectacular show they are leaving revellers disappointed.
Exhibit A; This past weekend Eswatini’s DJ Uncle Waffles was scheduled to perform in Botswana. She never pitched up for the shows and continues to be silent on her lack of presence at the show. Exhibit B; Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha were all set to perform on 29 April at the Victoria Falls Carnival 10th Anniversary but did not arrive in Zambia for the gig.
In a statement released on Sunday 1 May, Victoria Falls Carnival organisers confirmed that flights and accommodation were organised for DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha. The statement continued; “Confirmations were sent to them as agreed and emails were sent to them several times before, for some reason they did not show up at the airport on the day of travel…
Above and beyond we tried to communicate with the artists to change the date of performance but still we could not get hold of them despite all the effort and all means of communication from our side,” Organisers have demanded that the artists refund them the full booking fee and the payments made for flights and accommodation
“All three artists were paid in full and contractually bound to perform at the Carnival, and accommodated at every corner with their numerous flight and accommodation change requests.” Adds the statement. Exhibit C; South African artist Prince Benza’s passport was confiscated by the Deputy Sheriffs pending payment for damages on breach of contract.
He was scheduled to perform at Mogobane on the 31st of December at the Reflector Music Festival but did not appear as well. He nabbed when he came into the country for a separate event. The President of Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association (BEPA), Gilbert Seagile this week had his company; Gilbert Promotions registered in South Africa.
This puts him in an ideal spot to become an intermediary and help solve the feud between Botswana and South African artists and their no show at events. Seagile emphasized that it’s not only international artists that miss events but even the local artists have the same tendencies. He elaborated that reasons for artists not pitching up are many amongst them ; breach of contracts , promoters not paying deposits and some can be natural like artist testing positive for Covid-19.
The BEPA president also indicated that fly-by-night promoters are also a concern as they do not follow the BEPA Code of conduct, “BEPA members are well coordinated, they have the code of conduct which guides them to do things accordingly. The government is pushing for promoters to join BEPA they have already started refusing with permits when one is not a member of BEPA.” he emphasized
Seagile said that the association is in talks with the South African Music Promoters Association (SAMPA) to provide protection of Botswana Promoters that when artists miss shows they can be able to rope in their lawyers in South Africa through SAMPA and Botswana through BEPA to compensate for losses incurred as a result of this exploitation.
He said another way of dealing with this matter is for Promoters to issue a contract to the artist as currently the norm is that the artist produces the contract to the promoter so this solution can help the promoters to protect themselves.
In an interview with Weekendlife, Superintendent Tumediso of Urban Police Station enunciated that matters of no show artists are normally reported by the promoter who normally comes as the complainant. The matter is then taken forward taking into consideration the evidence, this will in turn assist in determining on whether the case is theft, obtaining by false pretence or fraud. When it is all said and done, revellers love musicians to hate them and hate them to love them. It is an unending toxic relationship which no one wants to pull away from.