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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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200,000 Members of International Church Hold Virtual Prayer Service for Covid-19

22nd September 2020
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After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.

On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.

The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others.

Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.

The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus.

At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.

“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”

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AFRIMMA nominates Vee Mampeezy

22nd September 2020
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The annual prestigious music awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA), has resumed this year. But this time around with a virtual version of it.

The awards that celebrate the originality of African music has unveiled their seventh edition. The awards seek to promote the African talent by bringing together on the same stage African legendary artists to celebrate African culture.

The event was established by the International Committee of AFRIMMA, in collaboration with African Union to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage amongst African countries.

However after the Covid-19 global pandemic, the event will not be hosted on a live global stage, but it will be hosted virtually and nominees are expected to deliver their performances virtually. The AFRIMMA Virtual Awards 2020 is set to be the first of its kind in the African music world with performances coming from different artists around the world and audience catching the performances, speeches and award presentations on multiple streaming devices.

Amongst the many who are nominated by the AFRIMMAs is local sensation Vee Mampeezy who has been nominated in the category for Best Male Southern African alongside music giants, Black Coffee- South Africa, Slap Dee – Zambia, Cassper Nyovest- South Africa, Master KG- South Africa, Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe, Vee Mampeezy – Botswana, Shyn – Madagascar, Tshego- South Africa, Tha Dogg – Namibia and Yanga Chief – South Africa.

Mampeezy has established with WeekendLife that prior to that, he had received an email from AFRIMMA confirming his nomination. They wished for him to perform which he said he will confirm the performance first with his manager, but as for now he is not sure if he will be performing.

“We have accepted the nomination. It is such an honour to be nominated alongside music giants like Black Coffee. I am very excited, others I am not as excited to be nominated alongside them because I have been nominated before with them. I do not mean to say they are not great, they are great in their respective right,” he said.

“We should be excited as a country that Botswana has been nominated as well. Before anything else, the fact that we are there as nominees makes us winners. It is such an honour to be recognised more so that Botswana is a small country with a very small population.”

Famous and most decorated artists the likes of Diamond Platnumz, Mr Flavour, Harmonize, Davido and Jah Prayzah are also amongst the nominees. However, South African based artist affectionately known as Master KG has been nominated six times for Video of the year, Best Male Southern Africa, Artist of the year, Best Collaboration as well as song of the year.

Master KG’s song ‘Jerusalem’ has been making waves internationally, and it was used mostly during the pandemic to shake off the Covid-19 anxiety. The song was nominated after South African Music Awards (SAMA) failed to nominate the young talented artist.

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Miss Earth Botswana catwalks to save the environment

22nd September 2020
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Miss Earth Botswana is an annual local environmental-themed beauty pageant competition promoting environmental awarenessconservation and social responsibility. The reigning Queen dedicated her year to promoting specific projects and often addressing issues concerning the environment.

The Queen does this through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fairs, storytelling programs to children, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities.

Even though this auspicious year has been faulted by the COVID-19 crisis, Miss Earth Botswana 2020 Seneo Perry has seen this as a chance to fix her crown, and get dirty in conserving the environment. This is highly impressive as it expresses how dedicated she is not only in wearing the crown, but putting in some work to create a better greener world.

Perry is a Botswana based environmentalist, equipped with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business Leadership from Sheffield Hallam University (BAC) and a top 5 finalist in Miss Earth Botswana 2019. As an eco-warrior at heart, she has dedicated her time and energy towards educating and empowering the next generation on the importance of preservation and careful management of the environment and natural resources (a clean and safe environment.)

Miss Earth Botswana will be hosting SOS Children for a film documentary dubbed “Into the Okavango” on Saturday 19th September, in Tlokweng. This initiative is influenced by National Vision 2036 Pillar of National Values which is our identity, our unique natural and cultural resources, tolerance of diversity as well as national values constitute a value preposition that makes Botswana a place to live, work and do business.

In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife, Perry’s Manager, Shimah Keakopa, said the purpose of this event is to encourage the children to open up their minds a bit more to think outside the box as they are about to choose their career paths and what more they can offer to their country as upcoming young leaders.

“This event is held under the theme ‘‘Botswana will have healthy ecosystems that support the economy, livelihoods and our cultural heritage as well as enhance resilience to climate change’’. We strive to help young children grow up knowing their purpose in life and what they actually do in achieving their ambitions.”

For her part, the queen said since 2013, conservation topics have always attracted her interests towards achieving a clean and safe environment for the benefit of humanity. She said “Botswana relies heavily on the tourism industry as it contributes 7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Our tourism industry has been characterized as more of a fauna and flora type, which is the great attraction to local and international tourists.”

“Therefore it is imperative that we conserve and continuously engage in environmental issues, to preserve our untouchable pristine wilderness. Furthermore people who live closest to natural resources generally absorb the greatest cost associated with conservation,” she said.

Perry told WeekendLife that a lot still needs to be done to ensure everybody is of one mind in an effort dedicated towards environmental conservation, which not only benefits the flora and fauna but the economy as well through activities such as agriculture and tourism.

“In Botswana, there still not enough policies (some outdated) and public awareness towards environmental conservation, especially the collective effort that should exist between government, private sector and Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

Whereas members of the general public do not have adequate access to the information on the importance of environmental conservation and this results in them being unaware of the best practices and standards in environmental conservation,” she said.

When she is not impressing at beauty pageants, Perry is a Managing Director of “Restoring the Prime Colour of the Earth” a charitable organization established in 2019 with the objective to educate both young and old people the importance of keeping a clean and safe environment and to restore the breath-taking landmarks in Botswana.

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