What was supposed to be a simple interview to introduce the new head that wears the Mrs Botswana 2nd Princess crown, turned into a battle field for the crown.
Saturday 5th saw the crowning of the Mrs Botswana beauty pageant, but on Sunday afternoon, one of the Princesses; the 2nd Princess, Wame Mogotsi, was de-crowned at a meeting held at Avani. It was in this meeting that Mrs Mogotsi explained that she did not deserve to adorn the crown. Reasons being; she, to her own admission, did not answer the question asked in Top 8 finalist and she fainted. It came as a shock to her and other contestants that she was later, that same Saturday evening part of the Top 3. ‘I was surprised when I was called on stage for the top 3, because I know I didn’t do well, I didn’t answer the questions and I fainted,’ Mogotsi told Weekendlife.
In an interview with this publication, some contestants, amongst them; the 1st Princess Thato Monei, 2nd Princess Jennifer Setapenyane and the de-crowned Princesses Wame Mogotsi, described a battle that ensued when Mrs Mogotsi was crowned. Some contested her crown while others left the pageant before hearing the final results.
According to the new current 2nd Princess Jennifer Setapenyane, who was unceremoniously crowned at Avani on Sunday afternoon, she claims she was cheated out of being asked a question to determine her true position in the competitions.
She also feels Batswana do not think she deserved the crown as it was handed to her behind closed doors. Mrs Mogotsi, in her initial statement has no queries with Mrs Setapenyane wearing the crown, her complaint lies with the Director of Mrs Botswana, Mrs Lesetedi, for embarrassing her by going back on stage in the Top 3, given a crown, only to be de-crowned, knowing full well she was not deserving of the crown in the first place. Director of Mrs Botswana Mrs Kgalalelo Lesetedi, on her part admits to the mistake, saying that there were miscalculations done on the parts of the judges, to award Mrs Mogotsi points when she was unable to answer. She went on to explain that in terms of points allocated, Mrs Setapenyane was the 3rd highest contestant who should have gone through to the Top3.
Mrs Setapenyane however says she is not happy and is willing to risk her crown, “I’m not happy, I was not asked the questions which the Top3 were asked and I feel cheated because the answer would have determined which crown I was to wear,’’ Mrs Lesetedi in her defence said that no matter how Setepenyane answered she would have remained 2nd Princess. This, because there was a huge point difference between her and the other two finalists, points which were accumulated from the beginning of the competition
The grieving Mrs Botswana contestants explained to this publication that they had made plans to seek an audit and a re-run of which a memorandum was signed on Sunday by the Chief Judge Donald Dondada Nnoto from KeNo Custom Suits, the Director herself and Thato Monei, the 1st Princess. The memorandum states that the Fashion show results coupled with the grand finale results would be ‘verified and audited and audited results will be by 3 individual judges’.
Mrs Lesetedi however said she will no longer comply with the signed memorandum, stipulating that the contestants breached the memorandum when they went behind her back by going to different media news outlets to voice their displeasure that the current Queen, Mrs Maureen Mothuba, was given publicity when the results were still pending an audit. ‘Business must go on. I told them to find the judges but in the meantime I have to run a business and secure sponsorship for Mrs Botswana to go to China’ said Mrs Lesetedi.
The contestants also made it blatantly clear that they are not behind the reigning Queen, stating that she was favoured from the get go and was her (Mrs Lesetedi’s) choice to win, something which Mrs Lesetedi vehemently denies by providing proof that, for Mrs Mothuba to win was a decision made by the judges and their score sheets.
She added that she had been transparent with the contestants by availing the paper works to them at their meeting in Avani, to allow them to see that the only mistake was that of crowning the wrong 2nd Princess.
The ladies held a media conference to allow the public and media to know their grievances and have the results audited and for a possible re-run. From the audit, there was only one change according to Mrs Belinda Mabote; Mrs Kgwelekgwele replaced Mrs Magashula in the new Top 8. However in as much as there were new audits held, the Director of Mrs Botswana was absent along with her Queen, this halted the pageant to continue further to establish the finalists and a possible new Queen. ‘The Fashion show was unfruitful because of the absence of Mrs Lesetedi and Mrs Mothuba, but we will petition for the Queen not to go for the international competitions’ said Mrs Mabote. Mrs Lesetedi is unfazed by the possible petition.
At the age of 17, Boniface Lewanika is ready to take over the world. He has shown commitment to being the next big thing to ever emerge from Botswana. Mindset MusiQ, as he is affectionately known, is a self-taught music producer. The story of how Mindset started music production can be traced back to end-to-end lockdowns, which jaded him to the core.
At least, for Mindset MusiQ, these lockdowns were a blessing in disguise. He got to unlock the hidden potential in him, or maybe, the creativity that he never knew about. Being locked down meant that Mindset MusiQ has plenty of time to waste, but he was quick to switch his mindset to coming up with something positive.
He saw it much better to waste time on the internet. Well, for lot of people, the internet was the only saving grace then. But for Mindset MusiQ, it was the beginning of a journey that he intends to walk for the rest of his life.
“I became a music producer because I love music. I then asked myself why I should not make music, that’s when in 2020 during lockdowns I started watching YouTube tutorials on how to make music. I didn’t have any knowledge on how to produce a song. YouTube introduced me to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) which is a software used for music production.”
The Letlhakane born then downloaded his first software which was Ableton Live, which was way too complex and distorted. “I felt it was too hard to learn and I switched to FI studio which was also complicated but fortunately, easy to use. Because I don’t have a good voice to sing, music production became too good to me and very flexible to embark on.”
Mindset MusiQ became part of the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) national roadshow, after being picked from the capacity building workshop. He was challenged to speak to the audience, fellow creatives (artists and music producers) and his presentation caught the eye of the adjudicator, DJ Fresh.
“I heard about the artist’s capacity building workshop from my mother, who saw it on Facebook. My father immediately reacted and dropped me off and even though I was late, the host then introduced me and the rest became history. As we speak, I am part of the Top 30, and we will be having the finale on the 11th of February in Gaborone.”
Being on the Top 30 for Mindset MusiQ is a dream come true. This is because he wasn’t even told that there will be a boot camp and grand prizes, and he has always wanted to advance his premature music career. He said this has shown that he is on the right track.
“Working with DJ Fresh is really cool. It’s not everyone who can be afforded that opportunity and the experience humbles me all the time. Already, I have rocked the Thando remix and I can’t wait to do more with his mentorship.”
Mindset MusiQ is currently in South Africa working on cooking more music with industry moguls. He was invited by producer Trey Bankz and some colleagues from Imperial City Music, a new record label in Johannesburg
With zero existence of TV programs empowering women in Botswana, a new show that strives to make that news of the past has just started airing on the tedious BTV. At least, after so many years, All The Star She Is will inspire viewers to see a new change in terms of supporting women in Botswana.
Each incredible series celebrates women but not from all walks of life, but those who are turning heads in the entertainment industry. The show will cast a bright light on women who have conquered tremendous obstacles and weathered the storms.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife on Monday, Director of Cosign267 Koone Boikaego said the show reveals the paths that these phenomenal women took to be where they are in the entertainment and media industry.
Cosign267 is a 100% youth owned film and TV Production Company led by Boikaego. It has worked with a number of organization, executing various projects such as filming, shooting, editing and one-on-one couch interviews.
The youthful company recently wrapped up the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) three months’ national roadshow and boot camp. It was assigned with capturing all moments of the roadshow, alongside Thato DJ Fresh Sikwane.
“Celebrating women is one thing that is often overlooked. We put together this project to take followers into the lives of creative and incredible women. They are determined to break walls and pave way for the next generation of women. In this show, these women serve viewers with factual stories of how they started and what it takes to be at the forefront, the bittersweet experiences that took them that far. It’s really a show that many young girls can draw inspiration from.”
Breaking down the show plan, Boikaego said airs every Saturday on BTV at 6PM, hosted by One Rabantheng. Rabantheng, famously known as Divine Diva is a media and marketing consultant, legendary radio personality who worked for Duma FM, e-TV and RB2, where she was shown the door for speaking foul of the then President without being aware that the microphone is on.
There are thirteen stars to be featured on the new show, therefore, this means that there will be thirteen episodes. Some of the familiar faces featured on the TV show are: Mpho Sebina, Olorato Ledique, Oratile Kebakile, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Tumi Ramsden, Kelly Ramputswa, Tshepie Olds, Winx Motcher, Mmaphala, Loretta and Nicole Martinez among others.
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.
“For the very first time in history of Big Brother, we’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.”
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. RB2’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. #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 influencer’s side, and he tagged alongside DJ Gouveia, Dato Seiko, Kedi Molosiwa and Gape Makwati.
Legwaila said “We 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.”
DSTV IS COOKING SOMETHING
When quizzed if there are plans to have a similar Big Brother Titans Botswana, Legwaila said “MultiChoice 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 what’s to come in the next few weeks from our country.”