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Indigenous splendour products shaping the beauty industry

Naga Earth is a local natural bath and body brand that uses indigenous oils in its body bars and shampoos. You will find skin, hair and body products that feature modern and traditional botanical extracts. Founded and developed by Mishingo Aaron, Naga Earth infuses natural oils in all of their products, and interestingly enough, the brand is unisex, it accommodates for men too. 

In an exclusive interview with Weekend Life, Aaron said ‘’Naga Earth started as an everyday exploration in raw ingredients from Mother Nature for myself. More than a business idea, a passion for hotel industry was embedded beneath. An opportunity for local manufacturing for hotels, guesthouses and lodges was then realised to be an untapped market. The brand truly complements the minimalist’s lifestyle, an eco-luxury brand and our products prove that achieving beautiful, smooth skin doesn’t have to be difficult. We have a partnership with folks where we source our indigenous oils here in Botswana, so we then take such oils to our production for mixing, and please note all our products are made in here in Botswana. These indigenous oils include Marula oil, Baobab oil, Kalahari melon seeds oil and Mongongo. We just took our trip to the bush, which was just a side-line at that time, roughly eight years ago. Every time she explains at the oils I would pay much attention, and we started mixing them with the skin cream that was not working for me if not mixed with oils. Surprisingly enough, the cream starting treating me very well, and I found a niche in that and turned that hobby into a business. I love beauty, I love being in a hotel space and a relaxed environment with a relaxed ambience, and I pay attention to detail. Most of hotels in Botswana have bath products that are not manufactured locally, and that do not settle well with me, so that’s exactly how I decided to start this brand’’ 

At the heart of what has brought Naga Earth into being is a deep motivation to be more connected to the rhythms of nature, both in Aaron’s personal life and within the environment. ‘’Besides the skin condition, I wanted to actively participate in a growing community of health-consciously driven individuals and businesses that aim to support a shifting market providing clean, healthy and non-toxic products that clean up our environment and our repeated exposures to carcinogens, hormonal disruptors and neurotoxins. I believe it is the ethical responsibility of companies that create products for human consumption to make clear precisely what is in their products so that consumers can make their intelligent choices for themselves and for their families. That is precisely what Naga Earth is all about; providing simple yet effective skin and body care product that are crafted with high quality plant-based ingredients chosen for their skin type and healing properties. No petroleum, phthalates, silicones or parabens. That means no carcinogens or toxic chemicals slowly building up in your body’’ she said

Aaron noted that simple, quality plant based ingredients are what make their products so lush and irresistible. ‘’Much like eating at a fine restaurant, the best dishes are often the most simple. It is the quality of the ingredients and the care with which they are put together that yield such refined and gorgeous results. Our attitude about what we create is that the ingredients should speak for themselves; we are but mere facilitators helping to bring attention to the potent powers of the plant’’. The brand is unisex and it has a wide range of products specifically made for men. ‘’Made with a mix of almond oil, castor oil, jojoba oil and natural essential oils, the beard oil is made just to make the skin and beard healthy. It is a multi-purpose miracle worker crafted with clean, no-fuss ingredients and every bottle is free of questionable chemicals often used in the beauty industry’’ Aaron highlighted.

How do you care for your skin in summer? ‘’When the heat I son, exfoliating becomes a regular part of our routine to help skin feel truly clean. One can use our slats as part of a pedicure regimen. The tea tree oil and grapefruit oil in our detox bath salts is so refreshing it’s cooling just to smell it’’ she said. Some of the products manufactured by Naga Earth are coco rose body polish, botanical body soufflé, detox bath salt, body lotion, conditioning shampoo, as well as the beard oil.

In order to promote her products, Aaron indicated that they have participated in various platforms such as the Botswana Youth Expo, Market Street Day, The Night Market, Global Expo, Mind, Body and Soul Fair as well as The Annual Femme Noir’ women exposition. 

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All roads lead to Francistown for ATI’s concert

18th May 2022
ATI

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.

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AMVCAs To Host Hollywood Stars At 8th Edition

18th May 2022

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

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Of Musicians and No Shows

10th May 2022
Musicians and No Shows

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.

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