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.
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.