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EYANI: A female comic taking over comedy from every direction

For the longest stretch now, comedy has been known to be subjugated by males; not knowing that at one point in life, female’s will to rule this industry. The world has no shortage of jesters, but it’s the funny women taking over the camera and silly but hilarious thoughts they have that are most worth your attention. Some dominate social media with their humorous videos, and found fame, subsequently becoming social media influencers. 

Some are comedians you already love, yet maybe you had no idea they actually got their start in comedy on a lonely stage with a mic, on a self-shot video that was uploaded on social media and earned millions of views, shares and reactions. Locally, the comedy industry is dominated by men, but you could still be part of the wave of fans that take female comics to the next level of fame. These talented women comedians, or comediennes if you fancy, are just as funny as any male comedians, if not funnier. Plus, they get to tell female-friendly jokes that most men wouldn’t touch. Young females in Botswana have found it fit to gibe into comedy, and they are doing pretty well as they simply provide the best hilariously inappropriate jokes on failed relationships, celebrity roasts and whatever that is trending at that particular time. 

Eyani Masesane is a young comic taking over the comedy industry by tempest; she is already taking her followers on wild rides. She is an aitysker, a vivacious character that has a natural prosperity for joke writing. At the age of 22 and born in a rural area of Tutume, this funny character was inspired by the satisfaction of making someone smile and laugh even if it’s for a few moments. ‘’Seeing a lot of people continue to support and enjoy my craft has been my muse. I started this journey early last year and it has been amazing and more than I ever imagined, of course there are days when things aren’t going the way I want them to or at a pace I want but I haven’t regretted a day since I started’’ she said in an exclusive interview with Weekend Life. Is she actually a funny person out of camera, perhaps she is. ‘’I think I am funny at all times, I stand to be corrected but I think I am a funny person because I come up with my own material and talented in that the though process and implementation thereof is effortless’’.

As an actress, Masesane has developed a reputation for portraying the hilarious woman taking on parts for which she actually seems suited. She comes up with content that would make her plausible, relatable and relevant. Plus, she is an anxious over thinker using her caustic sarcasm as a weapon against both her own insecurities and flakes. She revealed that a decent wit has the ability to know audience and tailor craft accordingly but still maintain authenticity. ‘’I would say a great comedian should know their audience and prepare material accordingly. Just as small business owners must define their target market and develop strategies to reach those consumers, comedians know exactly who they’re trying to reach and tailor presentations accordingly. It is also imperative for comedians to stay up-to-date in news, tech, social media and pop culture. Some of the funniest material is based off recent news a headline, which is for you to put humorous spins on your story line. Your comedy should be hilarious, relevant, fresh and current’’.

Comedians can’t escape work; it is a blessing and a curse, because they are expected to be funny at all times. Masesane stressed that for some, being funny comes naturally and the deadpans and puns roll off the tongue, adding that for many a break would be nice. Like it or not, they are constantly branding themselves. ‘’Also, the ability to think quickly on my feet is a huge asset to me as a comedian. We have witty comebacks and we are ready to respond to unexpected comments or questions. We gauge the audience and adjust our performance as necessary. If we do not get the laughs we hope on a certain subject, we steer the show in another direction. We more like small business owners, they need to make a quick but well-informed decisions on the fly, we educate ourselves so we’re ready to respond appropriately’’ she highlighted. With lot of misapprehensions surrounding comedy Masesane accentuated that jesting is more than just making people laugh. ‘’Comedy is more than the finished product you watch or listen to, it is a thought process that needs to be implemented and sometimes 1+1 isn’t always 2, because writers block is real.

There are days when your brain decides it’s taking a break from creativity and there is nothing you can do but wait on that inspiration to kick back in’’. With strength of mind, persistence and get-up-and-go, one would do anything to perfect his or her dexterity, so does Masesane. She records, oversees and uploads her amusing videos on social media that have since gathered her lot of followers. ‘’This is something my sister and friends are not happy about because they have to hold the camera for me at no charge, but I am very much open to working with videographers though, don’t be shy’’. She whispered that she is very gratified of her push, adding that it has since gained international recognition. ‘’I am very proud of the video I once made with very little effort that went viral here and in South Africa getting over a million views. Another thing that caught me by surprise is being approached to create videos advertising events or items for a reasonable fee because when I first started, it was just for fun and I wouldn’t think I could get paid for doing what I love most’’.

‘’My desire is acting so my goal is to one day have the opportunity to showcase my acting capabilities while incorporating my sense of humour. And I would share with fledgling folks like me that they are worth every single dream they have and they will get wherever they want to go, it doesn’t not matter how long it takes. They shouldn’t seek approval from anyone, be you, do you and watch everything fall into place’’

 

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Lifestyle enthusiasts feel Big Brother vibes

27th January 2023

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.”

THE LOVE

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.

WINNING STRATEGY

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.”

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DENIM RICHARDS American actor takes local productions to the world

23rd January 2023

American renowned actor, Denim Richards has been in Botswana for quite a while now with one clear mission: the revamp the film and entertainment industry.

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Botswana misses out on Miss Universe again

9th January 2023

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 year’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 “Power of Unity” crown reportedly worth 5 Million US Dollars, and the title was won by South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi. She was the third South African to be crowned Miss Universe.

BOTSWANA’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 Switzerland’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, “The Crown Number 12: Force for Good” 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 Mouawad’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.

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