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After so much endeavour trying to persuade the entire country that ‘’this time’’ it will be different, it looks like the last-minute Miss Botswana organisers failed to live up to expectations after Moitshepi Elias’ participation at Miss World was as lull as a radio on pause.

A controversial short-circuited Miss Botswana pageant was held in September 2018 at Masa Hotel. Miss Botswana 2018/2019 spokesperson, Basadi Molelekeng had explained that “the main focus of the Pageant was to re-brand Miss Botswana.” “We will not have the Miss Botswana run as it has been. What is going to happen is that this year we will just have a mini pageant with last year’s top 12 and crown the winner from there,” she said.

But ultimately the grand finale only attracted three eligible contestants from last year’s pageant. The pageant organizers, the Botswana Council of Women (BCW) in partnership with Development Advance Institute, had promised to rebrand Miss Botswana and take it to greater heights to change the way the pageant is viewed as it had lost its spark.

Previous Miss Botswana winners had not been remunerated. Miss Botswana 2018/2019 spokesperson, Molelekeng in so many of her interviews with press, said they were to train, glam up the queen, promote and market her as much as possible to build her brand, to build Botswana Entrepreneurs brands who were part of the rebrand and sponsoring the queen with makeup, clothes, hair and mentoring.

Despite all the rushed efforts to come up with this year’s Botswana representative for the Miss World, the Queen, Moitshepi Elias who started the pageantry in 2013 with Miss Teen Universe Botswana indicated before the event that it was her last year doing pageantry as a contestant as she has lost hope in the pageant.

But after hearing the promises and seeing the new management and organisers’ confidence, she decided to try her luck one more time. Elias was confident that with the support from the country, her fans and the organisation, there is no doubt she will do well at Miss World.
The public was not aware of Miss Botswana’s departure for China, her arrival or Miss World Pageant itself. The grand Finale was on the 8th Of December and most people did know about it. South Africa’s SABC 3 aired the pageant. There was a voting process and on social media, Elias constantly pleaded the public to vote for her to make it to the next round. By the 6th December Elias got only 0.02% of the votes.

People on social media are very disappointed in the organisers. They feel like the organisers neglected Elias and let her promote herself instead of letting her focus on the pageant and preparing herself. WeekendLife had reached out to Mr Benjamin Raletsatsi on the 29th November and asked him if he has any idea that Batswana don’t know that Elias needs votes and support from the country. He confirmed that he is aware but has no idea how to fix this and asked us to assist him with any help we might have.

“Please offer some assistance, we voted on another platform,’’ he said. “There were a lot of challenges and we incurred costs we didn’t budget for but like we said in our five-year plan, the first year we are going to observe, and she is going to be our ambassador.’’ Moitshepi arrived Thursday afternoon from China. Her family was there to welcome her home.

Her parents were rather emotional and angry.  “We were told we were going to be taken to China to go support her, it didn’t happen. She went to represent Botswana, but I don’t know which Botswana she represented because Botswana o bihitse ngwaneke [Botswana snubbed my child]. There was a lot of turning down. She asked for assistance from Office of the President and Ministry of Youth and the Permanent Secretary asked Moitshepi to turn down the opportunity [to go to China]. She had no support at all!’’ Moitshepi’s father said.

‘’She did not have wardrobe, she did not have make-up, she had to share make-up with other contestants. Why would things change when it comes to my daughter as if she is not a citizen? Ngwanake o sotlegile, o diragaletswe ke dilo tsedi botlhoko tota [my child suffered, she experienced painful things] I am afraid she won’t even get what she was promised. It’s the first time seeing or talking to Mr Raletsatsi ever since Moitshepi went to China. We are not happy.’’

WeekendLife asked Raletsatsi why the public was not informed that Moitshepi is coming back just in case her fans and friends wanted to come welcome her home. He said: “We decided to keep this as low as possible. We will post pictures on Facebook.’’ Despite what she went through, Moitshepi said she is very happy to be home and is looking forward to focusing on her project that she will soon disclose. She said she has learnt a lot from China and Miss World and cannot wait to use what she learnt to change the perspective about pageantry in the country.

“I was surprised to be making headlines in China when I know that I was not talking to any newspaper in China. Batswana don’t understand that every negative comment they post on my post on my posts are seen all over the world and it affects my marks during the pageant,’’ said Moitshepi.

Vanessa Ponce de Leon made history to become the first Miss Mexico to be crowned Miss World 2018. The 2018 pageant took place in the Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China. The 26-year-old winner beat 117 other contestants, including runner up, Miss Thailand Nicolene Limsnukan, Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo, who came third, and other finalists from Belarus, France, Scotland, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Mauritius, Nepal, and New Zealand. Botswana failed to make it to top 30 while South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria are the only African countries that made it to top 30.

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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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