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Saturday, 02 December 2023

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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DJ Sway ‘saved’ the YAMAs

22nd November 2023

DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.

In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.

When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.

To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.

DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.

DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.


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Chef Gustos walk of shame

22nd November 2023

Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!

The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!

Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.

However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.

In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.

While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.

In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.


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Women in Science: Breaking Glass Ceilings

16th November 2023

Women scientists have made significant contributions to the field of science, yet they continue to face numerous challenges and barriers. Despite their remarkable achievements, women represent only a fraction of researchers globally, and their work often goes unrecognized. The need for scientific role models to inspire the younger generation is urgent. However, organizations like the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO are working tirelessly to empower women scientists and promote gender equality in the scientific community.

The Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO have collaborated for over two years to support and recognize women scientists who have achieved scientific excellence. These organizations have awarded more than 100 laureates, with five of them going on to win Nobel Prizes. These women researchers, who have worked in various scientific fields across different continents, are not only changing the world through their discoveries but also serving as role models for aspiring women scientists.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programs annually support over 250 talented young women researchers. Through regional and national programs, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO provide crucial support to these researchers during their thesis or post-doctoral studies. While progress has been made, there is still much work to be done to achieve true gender equality in science. However, both organizations remain determined to make this vision a reality.

Recently, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO hosted thirty winners of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science 14th Rising Talents Sub-Saharan Africa awards in Kasane. These awards recognize African women scientists for their outstanding research. During a press conference, Fondation L’Oréal CEO Alexandra Palt emphasized the importance of empowering women scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa, a continent that suffers greatly from climate disruption. Palt highlighted the challenges these women face, including overcoming prejudice, sexism, and harassment, to become accomplished scientists.

The finalists of the awards are scientists, PhD students, and post-doctoral researchers who are advancing various disciplines such as biology, agronomy, physics, mathematics, genetics, and engineering. Their goal is to improve the daily lives of Africa’s people, whether through advancements in health or the environment. These women, such as Dairou Hadidjatou, a pioneer in cardiovascular disease treatment in Cameroon, Esther Uwimaana, conducting research on potential tuberculosis vaccines, and Mwende Mbilo, innovating clean energy solutions in Kenya, are driven by their desire to advance science and society.

The need for scientific role models to inspire the younger generation is crucial. Palt emphasized that Africa currently represents only 2.5% of scientists globally, making it challenging for young girls in Africa to pursue scientific careers when women researchers in their countries are often invisible in the media, scientific publications, and international forums. To address this, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO have increased the number of young talents awarded from 20 to 30. These researchers also receive leadership training to enhance their communication and negotiation skills, as well as their ability to address harassment and speak publicly or with the media.

By highlighting the achievements of these women scientists, the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO aim to break the glass ceiling and provide them with the recognition they deserve. It is essential to take urgent action on multiple levels to enable these talented women to emerge onto the public stage and be acknowledged for their excellent work. Only then can we truly achieve gender equality in the scientific community.

In conclusion, women scientists have made significant contributions to science, yet they continue to face numerous challenges and barriers. Organizations like the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO are working tirelessly to empower women scientists and promote gender equality in the scientific community. By recognizing and supporting these women, we can inspire the younger generation and create a world where women in science are celebrated and their work is valued.


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