Miss World made their call, and our Queen, our hot number, answered. The Queen will be jetting off to London tomorrow! But before that, Miss World is the oldest running international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951.
Since his death in 2000, Morley’s widow, Julia Morley, has co-chaired the pageant. Along with Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the Big Four International beauty pageants- the most coveted beauty titles when it comes to international pageant competitions.
Every year, Miss World makes calls to over a hundred of participants from across the entire globe, some receive the call very well, and some miss it, while some reject the call. This year alone, 125 beauty queens from all continents received and acknowledged this call, and our very own Miss Botswana is one of them. Miss World 2019 will be on its 69th edition and it will be held on December 14th at the ExCel London in London, United Kingdom. Vanessa Ponce of Mexico will crown her successor at the end of the event, and who knows; maybe that crown belongs to our very own diamond.
Oweditse Phirinyane’s profile has been officially added to the Miss World website, and she will jet off to London tomorrow in hopes of bringing the crown home in December. The Miss World 2019 contestants who will be competing for the title this year have been put up on the website, together with their images. Judging by how extraordinary and influential their profiles are, I cuss, it’s going to be a threatening race.
The girls are equally gorgeous, canny, and bright and they all strive for one common goal…to wear the Miss World crown for the very first time in their lives. Now, the question is who will? Well, I will be following the Miss World journey, and shall our Queen win, I will definitely let you guys know! Even if she doesn’t bring the crown home, I will have chat with her over a cup of coffee, to get to know where we went wrong, and how the experience was like!
Contestants will arrive two weeks prior to pageant night where they will compete in a number of tasks leading up to the final show where a winner will be chosen. So, this week, because it’s the last week before jetting off to London, an idea got tossed out of nowhere to actually have a chat with one of Miss Botswana organisers to see what it really takes to get to compete for the crown, what our Diamond has been up to and how prepared is she to bring that crown home, I mean, we want it here! And we can have it here anyway…
In an exclusive interview with Weekend Life, Public Relations Officer Pauline Dikuelo said the Queen has been working on her health, body and mind. ‘’We have been undergoing various exercises and diets to have her in good shape. Miss World is about health, fitness, toned muscles, symmetry and proportion. She had to avoid eating too much food, but it’s critical she eats different kind of nutritious food. Protein three to five times a day, tons and tons of veggies and creative cheat days, like having chocolate cake just to have a different twist once. We added the crazy workout schedule to her time, I mean women competing in a beauty pageant start their fitness and diet plans six months to a year in advance.
At the Miss World pageant, a contestant should know how to apply herself makeup. Dikuelo noted that the Queen has been having tutorials on foundation application, contouring, contouring and more contouring. ‘’She drew her eye brows, extended them out, her lip liner brought far below her natural lip line to make her lips appear larger and fuller. She was even taught how to apply her make-up within 30 Minutes as contestants at the Miss World will be given 30 minutes backstage to do their own.’’ She said
The Queen has also learnt how to perfect her walk. Walking is about more than just being able to handle yourself in a pair of stilettos. Walking and posing are about projecting confidence- standing with shoulders back, speaking confidently and showing your personality. Miss Botswana also had dance trainings, public speaking coaching by Toast Masters, her beauty with a purpose project documentation that is based on the basket weaving ladies from SPEDU region, where the Miss Botswana 2019 finale was held, for the very first time outside Gaborone.
Dikuelo also indicated that the Queen is taking many dresses from many local designers, and her finale dress is designed by Thabiso Dibeela of ‘ThabieD’ and her Top Model dress by House of Kay. For sportswear, she will be in Olep Clothing and Options Botswana came on board to assist with shoes. However, all of her dresses were to be collected yesterday, and she will be leaving tomorrow.
Before giving you a list of former beautiful queens who represented us at the Miss World pageant before, let’s look at how to become Miss World. From elegant makeup to glimmering dresses, competing in beauty pageants is the closest a girl can come to feeling like royalty. Not only does Miss World focus on the staples of beauty and talent, it encourages girls to become well-rounded by encouraging world involvement and global activism.
Ensure you meet gender requirements. While men have the option to compete in the Mister World pageant, you must be legally identified as a woman in order to compete in Miss World. Up until recently, transgender women were allowed to represent their country for Miss World, but could not actually win the competition. These rules have since changed. While it is not necessary to have been born in the country you are representing, you must possess legal documentation of citizenship. Citizenship can be obtained through permanent residency or via naturalization.
Ensure you title as a ‘’Miss’’ being unmarried and childless. Most countries define being single as unmarried in any capacity, including religious, tribal or civil. Miss World requires its applicants to have had no legal troubles or criminal record in the past. Countries are also strict on reputation and general presence, requiring that individuals not bring shame upon themselves, their country, or the competition at large.
Miss World wants a participant to prepare to define just what they bring to the competition. During your qualifying interview, you will be establishing what you can bring to the table as both a national and international representative of Miss World. While some interviews may come as part of the pageant itself, other countries like the United States skip the pageantry itself. Countries like these will use applicant photos and their video interviews to select Miss World candidates.
Botswana made its debut at Miss World in 1972. Traditionally, the winner of Miss Botswana represents the country at Miss World. Now let’s take a look at former Queens who had amazing placements at the international beauty pageants. In 1997, Mpule Kwelagobe made history by becoming Miss Universe in 1999, a very first prodigious achievement for the country, and not only that, for the whole continent. We still remember that day even today, even though some of us were still toddlers.
Thanks to technology and media, we still can check out the video. In 2003, Boingotlo Motlalakgosi made Top 21 of the Miss World Talent; in 2004 Judy Peacock made Miss World Talent Top 20 and Miss World Top Model Top 20 respectively. Further, in 2005, Miss Botswana Lorato Tebogo made Miss World Sports Top 24, while in 2010, Emma Wareus was Miss World 1st Runner-up, subsequently became Miss World Africa. In 2017, Nicole Gaelebale made it to Top 40 and with our reigning diamond, it remains unknown. Good luck to her…
After announcing the postponement in March, the 6th edition of Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAS) have bounced back and will be held virtually via Now Channel on DSTV Channel 290 and on the Yarona FM Facebook page on September 26 at 20h00.
This is one of the first virtual music awards to be held in Botswana.The 2020 edition of the YAMAS was originally slated to be held at the University of Botswana (UB) Campus Indoor Sport Centre early this year, but plans for an indoor ceremony were thrown for a loop by the coronavirus pandemic.
“There will be no public attendance at this year’s event, it will be produced for broadcast on TV and digital platforms. The event will take place in an extended reality studio which will comprise of the hosts only. The show must go on and we still have to award artist for their splendid job” said Yarona FM Station Manager Kelly Ramputswa.
Furthermore, Ramputswa stated that nothing much has changed apart from the awards ceremony going virtual, the voting lines for nominees remain the same. The voting lines opened on Tuesday 8th September and will close on 23rd September at midnight.Yarona FM has partnered with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC) and First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) who contributed money to ensure that winners go home with cash prizes ranging from P10 000 and P15 000.
“We recognize the hardship that has befallen the creative industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Botswana’s creative sector remains resilient and Yarona FM, as a crucial player remains committed to contributing meaningfully to develop the sector.
The partnership to bring the YAMAS at this time, with cash winnings for musicians and other creatives involved in the show is demonstration that we are all in this together,” said the Yarona FM Station Manager.The effort of gifting artists with money is a big boost since most of them did not manage to source income from live performances due to COVID- 19 protocols that led to suspension of many events.
The 6th edition of the YAMAS will be hosted by Yarona FM presenters Loungo Andre Pitse and Kedi Molosiwa. There will be performances from artists such as ATI, Mophato Dance Theater, Girly and FME DJs.
The entertainment industry remains the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and some creatives cannot take the strain anymore.
Other sectors seem to be gradually re-opening and learning to live with the pandemic, the creative industry on the other hand is still closed with no hope for it opening any time soon. Government has seemingly turned a blind eye to the drowning industry.
Meanwhile other countries are coming up with strategic plans on how best their entertainment industries can be re-opened and how people can live with the pandemic without putting each other at risk. Promoters Association gathered to air out their concerns and lament on how much the government has side-lined them.
Government is still delaying to pay subsidies to the creatives. The Ministry of Youth currently claims to have paid a total sum of P19 404 180 to 340 youth businesses and 9090 creatives. The ministry further stated that they have 15 640 who were assessed and vetted and 12 391 were approved.
A further P 4 054 820 is yet to be paid during the ongoing payment process. However, the Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association (BEPA), are demanding that the ministry provides them proof of payment for those who were credited, instead of releasing statistics.
“We have contributed to the best of our ability even though other promoters were not paid. As for now that P7500 is not as important because people have life problems and commitments and they got tired of waiting for the money. We tried were we could as BEPA with MYSC,” said Gilbert Seagile, President of BEPA.
Some promoters however found themselves drowning during the pandemic with no life raft as life issues pile up without any source of income. “We had cases of depression. They came to our offices. We had cases were other promoters almost committed suicide due to lack of income,’’ said Seagile.
Promoters Association wishes to work on their own without relying on the government. They had however crafted a project dubbed ‘Project Tselapedi’, wherein they seek P20 million to fund annual events. The funds are to be disbursed pending on how much each project is worth. This in an effort to help the ministry and to relief problems.
“We believe the project can be financed because even today we do not know when the sector will be opened. We have solutions but we are never called when decisions are made. We are three months away from December without hosting any event. They keep postponing meetings every week. Our industry is dying and it is dying in their hands,” said Promoter Exotic. “All sectors were met, the transport sector has been fully opened yet they are not adhering to Covid-19 protocols.
Which means we can also host events whilst adhering to covid-19 protocols. The creative industry contribute highly to the GDP. We are not happy and we are going to do everything. We are being colonized by the liquor Act. These two are different. This issue puts us at a disadvantage. The liquor Act has nothing to do with us,” said Seagile.
Former President of BEPA, Zenzel Hirschfield, has sternly lashed out at the government for side-lining promoters and denying them the one thing that buttered their bread.“We are tired of going to the offices without anything coming forth. We also have the expertise to sit down and advice. The reason why they are doing what they are doing is because they are feeling the heat like us. We are not going to remain silent.
We will not listen and sit down. We will continue to speak. And we need to speak to the relevant people which is our President. We are dying of hunger. We don’t trade with alcohol we trade with the arts,” she lamented.
POLYGAMIST: South African businessman Musa Mseleku and his four wives.
No one can be blamed for thinking that women have been failed in this country. The 2020 World Population Reviews has placed Botswana as the second out of 10 countries after neighbouring South Africa with the highest rape cases in the world.
According to World Population Review, Botswana has 92.9 percent incidents per 100,000 people. The statistics are spine chilling and would prompt any country to act fast and put measures in place to reduce the numbers and keep save the most vulnerable; women and children.
In view of this ignominy, policy-makers would respond by putting in necessary legislations to address the crisis. However, it turns out such a belief is only presumptions. Even female MPs have not proved indifferent to the pleas of those who are at the receiving end, a disappointing gesture on their part.
Recently, Member of Parliament for Mahalapye East, Yandani Boko tabled a motion in parliament on urgent basis in which he requested President Mokgweetsi Masisi to set-up a Commission of Inquiry on GBV and other sexual offenses.The motion was infamously opposed by Anna Mokgethi, the minister responsible for gender affairs, disputing its urgency.
Incidentally, not long ago, Mokgethi went on record and sought help from President Masisi, seeking protection from her husband, citing that she fears for her life.Despite refusing to support the motion when it was tabled later, Mokgethi has been taking part in campaigns against GBV on social media.
If that was not enough, this week another female MP took it to another level. Beauty Manake, a Specially Elected MP is of the firm belief that polygamy can be a solution to GBV. It begs the question; how does having many wives solve GBV? If anything it may very well lead to a spike in the number of cases.
These remarks have left many women very much disenchanted on the idea, arguing that they are misrepresented and disappointed that the remarks were made by another woman.WeekendLife has taken it to the relevant people to find whether polygamy is really what we need to curb Gender Based Violence.
“Such a law disadvantages women as they are seldom involved in the decision to invite another women into their marriage. It is of course, highly discriminatory and should not be entertained. It will not work especially given the many social ills that lead to Gender Based Violence. Many domestic disputes are centered around adultery.
Legalising polygamy would lead to a conflict in homes and of laws in which an aggrieved spouse can sue for adultery, but the law in question would allow men to court other women during marriage,” Precious Gondwe, President of Pan African Game Changers and the founding Partner of Precious & Partner Law Firm.
“How will the rights of the first wife be protected? People are already killing each other as they cannot handle sharing their spouse. Couples fight about the presence of a third party in their marriage. Therefore officialising something that is not right, won’t make it morally right. It will only continue to repress women further and breakdown the family.
Once the family is broken then the very essence of society will be broken.””Legalising such a social ill would not make it morally correct. What does that mean to us as Batswana with the high rate of HIV and other social ills? This does not cure any of the social ills related to GBV. It is retrogressive in nature would be a proponent of GBV.
Surely in 2020 that is unacceptable. You cannot solve this by bringing in another predicament. As a woman and a Batswana, I am deeply concerned as to why that issue should be raised. We are adding more injury to the wound. I vehemently disagree with what the minister raised. We can’t legalize a problem!”
Polygamy in an era faced with Covid-19 and the repercussions of it is tantamount to economic suicide. Women no longer submit to men as easily, they understand the importance of independence and building legacies and protecting their wellbeing and that of their children. They understand that their lives are not centred around a man.
Social Activist Gaontebale Omphemetse Mmolai strongly believes polygamy will only regress women.“I am against polygamy because looking at the things we normally complain about, be it finances, children’s welfare, family relations and all, I believe that if we legalise polygamy in Botswana it will be a way of advocating for an increase in women’s problems.
Men will be given more power to oppress and abuse women in all different ways,” she said.“So imagine if you are stuck in that kind of a relationship or a marriage. Then both of you are being abused and the situation is worsened. So legalizing polygamy is a way of making an excuse for men. It will never be an alternative to solve GBV issues in our country. I am against the idea.”
The church however believes that in as much as there was polygamy in the Bible, God was clear that a man shall leave his family to be joined to his wife and not wives. They are of the belief that, there is no room for polygamy in the body of Christ and hence people should be inspired by the truth of God regarding marriage.
“The fact that there was polygamy in the bible does not mean that God approved of the practice. When we come under the new dispensation, we are under the New Testament. In 1Timothy 3 v 2 & 12, Titus 1 v 16, which explains that good leadership comes with a man having only one wife. In this portion of scripture, it was referred to church leaders and pastors,” Boago Ramogapi, Royal Assembly Ministries Pastor highlighted to WeekendLife.
“The reason why it was so, it was because they were the example of the Godly life. So that what we see in them becomes an example of what we are supposed to have in our personal lives. A man with one wife meant the congregation of the society must also follow an example of being joined to one wife. We are of the belief that one man one wife.”
As GBV persists, he has admitted that it has even entered church doors and that they are affected as much. Many people within church indoors are victims of rape and violence. “When it comes to GBV and polygamy being used to curb GBV I don’t think it will work. We just need behavioural change. The stance is that we need to permeate all the spheres so that men can rise to the occasion. And much more importantly I wish to see more men standing against it,” he said.
“We need to rise up to the occasion because GBV have also permeated church walls, because church members are sometimes abused sexually in the church. We need to reach out to men, we have done well with the girl child. It is now time to empower the boy child.”