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Fergusons set for BNYC Film Festival

Botswana international Film and Tv production icons, Connie Ferguson and his husband Shona Ferguson will be amongst dignitaries who will be attending the Botswana National Youth Council Television and Film Festival. 

The power couple will be engaging with other local stakeholders to map a way forward for the untapped creative industry in Botswana. The event which will also be graced by the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Thapelo Olopeng will be staged at UB Indoor Sports arena on the 15th of November under the theme, mobilizing partnership for the development of local TV and film industry. Chairman of the Creative Board of BNYC, Johnson Otlaadisa to WeekendLife that they brought the two because they are local bigger brands.

“Connie and Shona will be part of our panelist. Them being Batswana, are an absolute inspiration. They are a bigger export ever and they are doing amazingly well,” he said.The initiative was brought forth by BNYC inorder to promote the role of television and film as a potential massive television employment for young people.“We have faith television and film in Botswana is crucial part in Botswana to harness unemployment and to solve the biggest issue,” he said. He argued that television can hire people directly, actors, actresses to flourish the creative industry in Botswana.

“It is possible for local brands to compete with other brands outside the country,” Otlaadisa explained. He alluded to the fact that many Batswana watch South African soapies on DSTV where in between there are diverse commercials who are using local plartforms build their brands strong which can be retold in Botswana. The event which will be staged to be a panel discussion, is open for free to the general public. In the evening there will be a red carpet event, where four local films will be showcased. Two films produced and shot by students whilst the other two will be for professionals.

“We want Batswana to appreciate talent at school and industry professionals. We have invited all the familiar faces, actors, presenters and celebrities. They can come through to be inspired by people who they look up to.” he said. Other invited guests are Lufuno Nethengwe the Head of Scripted content, Drama and Telenovas from Mnet Africa, Goabaone Taylor, the General Manager of Kwese Tv, Sam Ngwenya, Producer of Colors TV Drama as well as Thabiso Maretlwaneng, the Executive Producer of NtwaKgolo.

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Creatives taking over 2023

26th September 2023

Creativity is seen everywhere and these individuals did something recently that’s never been done before, and some are still killing it. We see creativity on streaming platforms, stages, runways, social media and boardrooms even. Some of them are revamping their businesses, and lately, clothing sale is thriving.

They love concept-driven designs, storytelling and they bring fresh ideas and new perspectives that will leave footprints in the sand. Post the COVID-19 pandemic, these creative minds utilized the drawing board and they became cognizant that monetizing content will actually take them far, which is frank nonetheless.

This is commendable though, but the creative industry will still need support from government in order for it to flourish further. Allocation of resources (funds, facilities and empowerment) should be done consistently, creativity must be raised and at the end of the day, the economy benefits from that kind of investment.


Ever since he parted ways with his former manager, DJ Bougee Sid, Mahalapye born-pint sized, multi-award-winning artist, Hanceford Magapatona has been taking up space, unapologetically so. Han C has shown a strong will to take over the entire world, and he is in the right direction. He’s solely organizing the annual Mahalapye Spring Festival, which is taking place next weekend.

The Pepetetsa hitmaker raked some monies from his savings to put together this event. Mahalapye Spring Festival will feature Paige, Ubuntu Band, Khoisan, Amantle Brown and Double Up among others. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, Han C was nominated at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) in the US, under Best Male Southern Africa category.

However, the award was snatched by the late South African rapper, AKA. Its not all lost as Han C secured two nominations at the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs): People’s Choice of the Year and Best Male Single.


This entrepreneur has turned his dreams into reality, and his promising apparel business is now a fashion destination. Matter of fact, Motswagole weathered the storms to be where he is now because through criticism and social media bullying, he still leads the pack in fashion.

His social media accounts got deleted but through his online store, KM Sales, Motswagole is able to rake in some profits. He initially started selling from his car but now owns a busy store and has employed a number of young people.

KM Sales has been offering fashionable items (shoes, t-shirts, pants) and has been participating in various lifestyle events such as Garden of Drip where it showcases its products.

If there is one young entrepreneur to draw motivation from is Koketso. The business started from humble beginnings, at the time when he worked part time at Ipelegeng as a casual labor. Indeed, good things come to those who wait, or well, work like a slave today, live like a king tomorrow.


Vee Mampeezy’s ex-wife Kagiso De Klerk clearly did not sit and weep over their dramatic divorce. The famous social media influencer hurriedly picked up the pieces and went hard on promoting business online. She literally took social media influencing to the head and it is working for her.

This year saw her partnership with Shell reach greater heights, and obviously, she is raking lot of pulas from the deal. Kagiso has been making frequent appearances in top events in South Africa such as Bubbles in Spring and Gold and Diamond Experience.


After a long break from the limelight, renowned media and radio personality, Gaona Dintwe is back. She was missed by many on TV, and she’s back where she belongs, news anchoring on BTV. Gaona has also found a niche in podcasting. She is a host of her own podcast, Gaona Live Conversation, where various people share their stories on camera.

Some of what they discuss is Gender Based Violence (GBV), polygamy and drug addiction. This is highly commendable because even BTV doesn’t have programs that discuss these crucial social issues. The Lentswelemoruti native is also seen in various corporate events where she is engaged as a host.






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26th September 2023

Now that one-man shows are made fashionable, traditional dance guru and ex-convict, Ditiro Leero is joining the crusade and he will be hosting his also. The show will be held next month at Zone 4 Farm in Selokolela, but the there are traditional dance music artists who have been lined up to perform at the show. Matshana, Morwa Leka and Maswailathota will be doing their thing and probably bring some heat too. Ditiro Leero will be making history as the first traditional artist to host a one-man show in Botswana.

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26th September 2023

With only two months before Miss World 2023, the reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo is having many irons in the fire, preparing for the much-anticipated beauty pageant. Miss World 2023 will be the 71st edition of Miss World pageant and it will be held in India. Chombo has been spotted toning her body at Jack’s gym, a requirement that is taken seriously at the pageant. She has also been participating in charity events, something that should add to her profile at the Miss World.

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