Faces of Colours TV Drama
Tulani Tau and Mmilidzi Myles Mukani mostly known as Sparks and Tirelo on our local television drama called, ‘Colours,’ impressed the country with their skill to execute their roles and have since generated the hype for the drama.
It is beyond reasonable doubt that when Colours picked characters to play roles in the drama, they were very cautious not to omit talent hence they pulled the best to bring the most talked about drama. WeekendLife was impressed by the amount of talent that Sparks and Tirelo carried hence engaged them in a dialog. The main character, Tulani Tau who plays Tirelo Davidson on Colours, explained that as for him he is not new in the limelight as he did a lot before.
“Upon finishing my degree in drama at Tshwane University of Technology, I got signed to Leads talent agency. Upon returning to Botswana, I worked as a studio director and sports anchor for eBotswana, i was also a lead and toured with a production called Blue, black & white with the Maitisong festival and performed at the HIFA festival in Zimbabwe,” he said. He also performed alongside famous Nigerian comedian Kannsime, Riaad Moosa, Chester Missing.
He also won Soul Food comedy Season 2 roast competition where he roasted local celebs like Bonnie Dintwa, Ozi F Teddy, ATI & Nigel Amos. “As of 2016 I have been a full-time actor doing several adverts [for companies] such as Bona Life, Alpha direct, BTC mobile,” he hinted.
Tau plays a role of a driven family guy who has to be a parent to his siblings as his mother passed away and their father is a deadbeat.
“I like how the character is relatable to everyday life, how he is ambitious, responsible and caring plus also devious and charming at the same time,” he said. The home hitting actor believes both talent and furnishing his craft helped him to pull out such an outstanding act.
“I believe being an actor is both hardwork and talent but mostly sacrifice. You sacrifice a comfortable living, you sacrifice a ‘stable lifestyle and basic income,” he emphasized.
He said working with Mukani was very much “It was a pleasure, miles is a gentle and humble soul. I believe he has no negative bone in his body. Hard working and an all-rounder good person,” he said.
Interesting Facts about Tau
He is half-Xhosa
He is a dancer
He has a three year old daughter
Loves red and Pizza
Supports FC Barcelona
The ever talented Mukani playing a role of sparks told Weekendlife that he had to audition and made sure he nail the role that had a tight competition. “It was not an easy role to earn, as I had lots of competition from other guys who were talented as well,” he said.
Mukani said he had always received a positive feedback about his role.
“I'm always told that I'm very good at playing Sparks Davidson, because it does not seem like I try so hard to prove to the audience that I can play a (drug) s role. Most say I'm really relatable and want to see more of Sparks Davidson on their screens. Just as Sparks is hooked to drugs, the audience is also hooked to Sparks and Colours,” he said. He further shared with WeekendLife that working with Tau was just as smooth sailing.
“I met Tulani at Colours, we never knew each other before, but we gelled smoothly. He is a great person to work with, always made jokes on set to lighten up the mood and he is hilarious and not to mention very talented. He is a very humble guy as well. You can never go wrong when working with him,” he said. The 25 year old student studying Digital Video with Limkokwing University highlighted that Colours has catapulted and introduced him to a whole new world.
“It is growing my image as Myles Mukani and it has been a helping hand to the dreams and aspirations that I have had since my early teen years. To be on TV and to be a mover and shaker in my own respect. To impact my generation, because my dream is to have a television series that will narrate my life growing up and to feature in many films to come,” he said.
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Dr Lame Pusetso comes to writer’s rescue
Multi award winning author of fifteen (15) books, Dr Lame Pusetso has put together a platform to empower local writers. Dr Pusetso is a President and Chairperson of the Executive Board of Kasapa Society.
She is also the Managing Director of Poeticblood Publishers and an owner of an online bookstore dubbed Mind and Soul Bookstores. Dr Pusetso has reiterated her commitment to helping upcoming authors, writers and poets in establishing their crafts and capitalizing on them.
In an exclusive interview this week, she said that she has put together a platform dubbed Botswana Literature Awards, which have fourteen categories.
When quizzed on what the awards stand for, Dr Pusetso said “writing as a form of art in Botswana is a skill that many have and have always been exploring. As a publisher, I have met different writers from all walks of life and some indicating that there isn’t enough motivation to keep going.”
In Botswana and according to the writer, there has been a limited representation of appreciation of authors. This is despite their efforts year in year out.
The whole intention of these awards really is to honor and recognize the hard work that local authors put in, when doing what they know best (writing).
“This is a way of appreciating their creativity and we will be doing this across all genres. The awards also act as a motivational tool to young writers who still have dreams of becoming best selling authors. Quite frankly, their works are of great importance and we cannot afford to let that slide like that.”
Dr Pusetso emphasized that all the winners will walk away with an award, a certificate and complimentary gifts to take home. “The two winners of Best Overall Author and Best Young Author will in addition receive book publication deals which includes book distribution and marketing for a year.
She gave a clearer picture of how authors can be a part of the literature awards.
“The awards are open to every author from the age of 7, must be a Motswana, and their book should have been published before or by 2022. For authors with more than one book, they are allowed to compete with only one book for one category, and different books for different categories.”
The young writer pinned hope on institutional collaborations, in order to stage the second edition of the awards next year, saying “We believe with these awards, the different institutions and stakeholders will show interest in helping nurture the literature scenario in Botswana.”
“It will also give authors hope and light to keep writing and penning down their stories for the benefit of all. We anticipate to host the next edition in 2024 with assistance from all interested parties.”
THE LITERATURE AWARDS CATEGORIES
Dr Pusetso stressed that there are fourteen (14) categories, and they are: Religious or Faith Based Book, Poetry Book, Children’s Book, Multi-lingual Writer, Best Collaboration, Setswana Novel, English Novel, Motivational Book, Best Young Author (7-13), Overall Best Author, Best Theory, Best Online Writer, Best Media Writer (Honor Award) and Honor Award (Long Serving Best Author).
EXPLAINING SPECIAL AWARDS
Best Media and Honor Award, Dr Pusetso said are not based on submissions but nomination by the committee. “For Honor Award, we want to appreciate the individual who has inspired the Botswana writing scenario over the years and even assisted numerous authors as both a writer and a community leader.”
The Best Media Writer award is meant to appreciate a journalist who is actively taking part in appreciating and helping authors in marketing, advertising and affording them a platform to showcase their works through their writing skills.
Meanwhile, the Botswana Literature Awards will be held on the 29th April and they are partially sponsored through the literacy grant. This is a grant under the Botswana National Library Services which falls under the Ministry of Youth, Gender, Sports and Culture.
Women’s Awards hit the ground running
The second edition of the much-anticipated Women’s Awards Botswana will be going down on the 27th May 2023 in Gaborone at Travel Lodge. The organizers of the prestigious awards have announced finalists, with three nominees per category.
Women’s Awards Botswana is established to empower women and celebrate them from all walks of life and across sectors. The awards raise awareness for women to be granted equal participation, particularly in decision-making positions, as one way of breaking the gender bias.
They also seek to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women from diverse industries in Botswana. Taking a closer look at the categories, He for She award celebrates and shines a light on men who stand and support women.
These are men who advocate for inclusion of women, men who stand against GBV and men who promote any service that can better women life. Her Abilities award looks into women who have shown determination to keep moving and achieve any goal they have set for themselves, regardless of their disability.
Other awards are self-explanatory. They celebrate women in arts, culture and entertainment, agriculture, creativity, innovation and technology, tourism and hospitality, community impact as well as organization supporting women.
ORGANIZER SPEAKS ON CRITERIA USED
When speaking in an interview, Founder and Director of Women’s Awards Botswana, Bofelo Zebe, said in their first edition, they had fifteen categories, which was enough for a piloting project.
“But we left out many industries or lines of work. After the event, we received reviews and suggestions, and there was an intensive evaluation that led to us increasing the categories to eighteen for this second edition.”
He said the nominees were voted in by the public, adding that the finalists were judged by a panel with the support of votes from their supporters.
When shedding light on what winners take home, Zebe indicated that there is an award trophy, certificate and goodie bags for all categories but “we are working to have financial sponsors jump on board so that winners and nominees can receive monetary incentives. We are also busy at work trying to retain our previous sponsors.”
THE 2023 WOMEN’S AWARDS BOTSWANA NOMINEES
HE FOR SHE AWARD
Desmond Lunga, Tlhabo Kgosiemang and Christopher Seagateng
BEST WOMAN IN ARTS, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
Ditshupo Mosoboloko, Thanolo Keutlwile and Seneo Mabengano
HER ABILITIES AWARD
Koketso Seleke, Goabo Kgasa and Mumsie Odirile
SPORTS WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Naledi Marape, Ouname Mhotsha and Keamogetse Kenosi
WOMAN FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Montle Rantatana, Lesedi Matlapeng and Trudy Bakwena
BEST WOMAN IN AGRICULTURE
Nomathemba Masuku, Basadi Molelekeng and Keolebogile Keabetswe
BEST WOMAN IN CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Marang Mbaakanyi, Didintle Moreki and Thandeka Palai
BEST WOMAN IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY
Masego Keleadile, Wapula Matshambane and Tshepo Phokoje
YOUNG WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Bridget Gothaang, Waone Makobo and Kimberly Matheakgomo
WOMAN OWNED SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Suits Africa, Nomlu Nail Bar and Sunflower Desserts
BEST WOMAN OWNED BUSINESS
Prezlin Clothing and Dawn Bell Academy
FEMALE MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Mpho Sebina, Dato Seiko and Priscilla K
BEST ORGANIZATION SUPPORTING WOMEN
Sekao Foundation, The Fighters Support Group and Single Mothers Living with HIV
BEST WOMAN WITH COMMUNITY IMPACT
Lebopo Bulayani, Nanzelela Chaitezvi and Kebadile Wasenda
MEDIA WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Poppy Sello, Keikantse Shumba and Kedi Lezozo
FAVOURITE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Marang Selolwane, Palesa Molefe and Masi Sithole
BEST WOMAN IN LEADERSHIP
Naseem Lahri, Neo Bogatsu and Lily Rakorong