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Young couples retreat could essentially be a saving grace

Every relationship, especially romantic ones, requires on-going work. It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight on not only yourself, but the needs of your partner. Whether you have agreed to become one in marriage or are on the path to matrimony, you know there is effort required to keep you and yours going. This is where many couples should seek outside help in keeping their bonds strong and unbreakable. 

A single weekend spent at a couples retreat cannot fix a broken relationship, so don’t think of it as your support system. Think of a couple’s retreat as a tool that acts as a good first step toward rebuilding some of the connection and trust that has been lost. Couple’s retreats force them to interact and focus on the challenges they are facing together. This is often a step toward solving long-term problems and reconnecting as a young couple. 

It’s not so common in Botswana to host occasions for young couples, especially those who are not married. The culture here is actually different, young couples date for a certain time and part ways, nobody upkeeps about how they can toil around tests and trials they experience and continue as a happy couple. Some of these dares, if not solved, may lead to severe outcomes such as passion killings, recklessness, downheartedness and lack of trust moving forward. Well, some folks have found it substantial to bring elucidations to these hitches. They are ardent to see variation, imparting young couples and see them smirk at the end of the day. Well, I must say this is a prodigious thing, highly commendable. One amongst many is Bogadi Serumola, a qualified nurse, founder and host of My Story Your Story talk show, author, founder of Bogadi Serumola Charity foundation, founder and Visionary behind Sisterhood Retreats, news anchor, television presenter and an inspirational speaker. She wears many titles, and I would confidently say she is a rare breed…

Serumola, through her organisation Sisterhood Retreats will on the 26th October host young couples for a retreat that is strictly for unmarried couples. ‘’Young couples retreat is an investment and a building block for young couples that are willing to pay a great and godly foundation to their relationship, those especially looking forward to commitment and establishing success towards marriage’’ she said in an exclusive interview with Weekend Life in Gaborone this week. She wished that young couples could learn few important elements that they should make a habit of in courtship before they walk down the aisle, to say ‘’I do’’. Serumola revealed that young couples could learn to have strategy meetings in their relationships; they could challenge each other on something demanding as often and the importance of communication that is actually the root to ever-lasting happy relationship. 

‘’Communication plays an important role in building a relationship; it is one of the basics that a young couple should at least master, if they fail others. Not that I encourage them to, but they should work on perfecting all of those basics, as a relationship cannot last if they are not met. This retreat acts as a platform to share insights on how to reach a successful relationship, and not only that, making sure it’s pleasurable and fun to be in. young couples retreat is essentially a vacation. Couples will dedicate time to their partners to work on their relationship. Many relationships go from ecstasy to dreaded unhappiness due to lack of attention and communication. When you make time to attend this retreat, you are letting your partner know that your relationship is important to you. And who doesn’t want to attend a retreat that provides uninterrupted time to get to know each other again and remember why you fell I love in the first place’’ she said. She further underlined that young couples are sometimes reluctant to dive into delicate issues such as sex and money. During this retreat, Serumola stressed that young couples will likely be given exercises to work as a couple and address these issues, which in turn will teach them important communication skills that will allow them to sort through the junk without drama.

‘’These couple swill also be given rules to follow to ensure that both parties get the chance to air their opinions. Many couples find it easier to address sensitive subjects during a couples retreat. Once all issues are addressed, the young couple will feel more at ease, which eases the tension in the relationship’’. The retreat, however, has not found a young married couple to share with unmarried couples who will be attending the retreat, so I learnt. However, Serumola noted that she is working around the clock to get that sorted. Hopefully, that will be arranged the time of the event arrives, as young couples are looking forward to cram from their peers. Serumola added that ‘’difficulties in relationships are often the catalyst for couples to lose sight of themselves as a couple, which can cause each of them to address issues from a ‘’me’’ perspective. A retreat reminds a couple of its common goals and aspirations. This can help the couple to revert back to ‘’we’’, which creates unity. This will help them to tackle problems together in future’’.

I, personally, am looking forward for this retreat, I execrate many young couples need it. Not saying that I want acumens on how to enhance my affiliation, but I should be invited. I just hope my invitation arrives well on time, so as to see how many of young couples in Botswana retort to some of these events, some are way too enigmatic and introverted, but it’s essential they speak out, and I pen something down! That’s principally my job! 

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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
MISS EARTH

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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