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Pregnant and HIV positive at 18

When WeekendLife visited *Sebaga in Gaborone West for a moment the reporters were under illusion that they have entered a wrong room because we were expecting to see a sad miserable young girl, but instead, they were met by a bubble smile.

Sebaga’s father had escorted our team to the back yard room where she is nursing her new baby. Sebaga failed her form 3 and never attempted to go back to school. Since then, she has had multiple sexual partners from the time she was sexually active to the point where she is now, a teen mom and HIV positive. Even though Sebaga claims to have accepted her status and even has the support from her current 24 year-old boyfriend and father of her child, she is very regretful of the choices she made as she looks back.

She has no idea how she got the virus or from who. She says she has had multiple partners before her current boyfriend, she might have got the virus from her first boyfriend or from her current boyfriend, she doesn’t know. She says she is more thankful to have such supportive and loving parents that have accepted her and guide her to not only be a good mother, but to be a responsible person as a lady living with HIV.

She got counselling when she registered her pregnancy for the first time, “Tota BOFWA counsellors really helped me to accept myself and focus more on keeping myself and my child healthy so I live longer,’’ she said with a smile. Her father, who granted WeekendLife permission to interview his daughter, is very proud of her daughter for being strong amid the difficulty she faces.

“Even though we don’t have much at home, but we are happy she is still here. She has learnt from her mistakes. I just pray even after botsetsi, she will remain faithful to the father of her child. Even if their relationship doesn’t last, I hope she will be responsible enough to go for testing with the new person she will be dating before they start being intimate’’ Sebaga’s father said. Sebaga’s father has started a welding company at home while her mother is a cleaner at a local clinic both trying to make money to take care of the new baby, Sebaga and the whole family.

So much money has been pumped into the fight against HIV. But Sebaga says when it comes to girls, people get it all wrong. “This isn’t about sex education. This isn’t even about sex. This is about teaching girls that it’s OK to say no to a man. And teaching men to respect that “no.” she said. Sebaga is part of Botswana’s great mystery. How does a girl this smart, outgoing and ambitious, not protect herself from HIV?

“I would like to thank BOFWA for being my support system and all the advice, motivations and trainings they give us. This was an opportunity to encourage conversation about sexual reproductive health,” explains Sebaga. “I would like to advice other young girls to put their studies first before fun. Please know your status and the status of the person you get intimate with before you start anything. She adds. “This is who I am, and I have to accept me before I expect someone else to accept me as who I am,” she says.

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6th December 2023

Even though Botswana has over the years been performing extremely poorly at the Miss World competition, the country has confirmed that it will be hosting the beauty festival in 2026. Initially, the country was to host Miss World next year, something it failed to confirm before deadline. Director at Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi, says Botswana will be ready then to host all participants. Miss Botswana Top 25 finalists left the boot camp yesterday. Quite shocking though, Miss Botswana team is still failing basics as responding to media inquiries on time yet it is dangerously hoping to host an event of high status

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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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