Two female powerhouses, Rea Kopi and Peelo Mookodi known for their notable skill for television presenting have returned with the thrilling show Travelogue 2 which is will be exploring and discovering five star hotels in Botswana.
The show is set to be aired on every Thursdays at 08:30 pm and repeats every Saturday at 09:00am in Botswana Television. Travelogue is a travel show, where presenters visit various tourism sites locally as well as take tours to diverse lodges and camps within the country. The show has notable names of groundbreaking presenters such as Khumo Kgwaadira.
“The first concept was to sell Botswana, because they are people outside who keep coming to Botswana. That is what inspired Travelogue, that when you are in Botswana and what you can do when you are here. The first season was about Gaborone and what to expect when you are visiting Gaborone, on where you can go for food, for entertsinment and what you can do when you are around,” said the Director of Travelogue, Tebogo Masitha.
“This time around we went to five star hotels. Lodges that are beyond our means which are only visited by dignitaries. We went to those lodges because there was urgency for us to go an extra mile by showing people the existence of places they never knew they existed here. Even the places which were only shown on BBC and Discovery Channel, and people actually wondered where in Botswana,” Masitha explained.
This season has also brought new presenters whom according to the director had to bring their A-Lister game to the table. “We wanted to give others a chance instead of using the same people and of course they had to be better than previous presenters. We also wanted to explore talent and we saw that talent and we appreciated what they do and we also wanted that diversification because people also become excited of something new,” he said.
Although the show was sponsored by BTV, Masitha is also looking forward for Botswana Tourism and Brand Botswana to come on board because the show is about selling Botswana outside. The whole production of season 2 amounted to 1million. “Where we were going, we needed off-road cars and also choppers especially that they charged us in dollars. A flight of 15 minutes for a group of five or six people would be charged P40 000. That is how expensive it was,” he alluded.
The show is set to run for many more years to come. “Also we are looking at expanding, we are to start local, then we go southern then African and eventually international. That is why for now we are saying Travelogue Botswana, then Travelogue Zimbabwe etc,” Masitha hinted. Founder of Rea Online and also a host of ‘The Arcade’ show in GABZ FM who is also a co-host on Travelogue cited that as a television presenter and a brand it is a great opportunity.
“As a presenter it was very important that I diversify myself to see what else I can do as a TV presenter. The point was to grow take myself out of a comfort zone. That is the main reason I auditioned for travelogue,” Kopi expounded. She further highlighted that doing a Travel show is not easy a there is a lot that needs to be done. Other than that the show allowed her to explore and appreciate our culture and see what else Botswana has to offer.
“My highlight was the scenic flight, flying over the Okavango Delta. Looking down on the Delta and just seeing it shaped like the fingers of the hands. Its exotic and it is just so relaxing. Being in the delta is just soo relaxing,” she explained.
Mookodi however explained that Travelogue was the first show that she did and that it was great show. She further alluded that every place they had visited had a different thing to offer and that she really enjoyed.
At the age of 17, Boniface Lewanika is ready to take over the world. He has shown commitment to being the next big thing to ever emerge from Botswana. Mindset MusiQ, as he is affectionately known, is a self-taught music producer. The story of how Mindset started music production can be traced back to end-to-end lockdowns, which jaded him to the core.
At least, for Mindset MusiQ, these lockdowns were a blessing in disguise. He got to unlock the hidden potential in him, or maybe, the creativity that he never knew about. Being locked down meant that Mindset MusiQ has plenty of time to waste, but he was quick to switch his mindset to coming up with something positive.
He saw it much better to waste time on the internet. Well, for lot of people, the internet was the only saving grace then. But for Mindset MusiQ, it was the beginning of a journey that he intends to walk for the rest of his life.
âI became a music producer because I love music. I then asked myself why I should not make music, thatâs when in 2020 during lockdowns I started watching YouTube tutorials on how to make music. I didnât have any knowledge on how to produce a song. YouTube introduced me to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) which is a software used for music production.â
The Letlhakane born then downloaded his first software which was Ableton Live, which was way too complex and distorted. âI felt it was too hard to learn and I switched to FI studio which was also complicated but fortunately, easy to use. Because I donât have a good voice to sing, music production became too good to me and very flexible to embark on.â
Mindset MusiQ became part of the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) national roadshow, after being picked from the capacity building workshop. He was challenged to speak to the audience, fellow creatives (artists and music producers) and his presentation caught the eye of the adjudicator, DJ Fresh.
âI heard about the artistâs capacity building workshop from my mother, who saw it on Facebook. My father immediately reacted and dropped me off and even though I was late, the host then introduced me and the rest became history. As we speak, I am part of the Top 30, and we will be having the finale on the 11th of February in Gaborone.â
Being on the Top 30 for Mindset MusiQ is a dream come true. This is because he wasnât even told that there will be a boot camp and grand prizes, and he has always wanted to advance his premature music career. He said this has shown that he is on the right track.
âWorking with DJ Fresh is really cool. Itâs not everyone who can be afforded that opportunity and the experience humbles me all the time. Already, I have rocked the Thando remix and I canât wait to do more with his mentorship.â
Mindset MusiQ is currently in South Africa working on cooking more music with industry moguls. He was invited by producer Trey Bankz and some colleagues from Imperial City Music, a new record label in Johannesburg
With zero existence of TV programs empowering women in Botswana, a new show that strives to make that news of the past has just started airing on the tedious BTV. At least, after so many years, All The Star She Is will inspire viewers to see a new change in terms of supporting women in Botswana.
Each incredible series celebrates women but not from all walks of life, but those who are turning heads in the entertainment industry. The show will cast a bright light on women who have conquered tremendous obstacles and weathered the storms.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife on Monday, Director of Cosign267 Koone Boikaego said the show reveals the paths that these phenomenal women took to be where they are in the entertainment and media industry.
Cosign267 is a 100% youth owned film and TV Production Company led by Boikaego. It has worked with a number of organization, executing various projects such as filming, shooting, editing and one-on-one couch interviews.
The youthful company recently wrapped up the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) three monthsâ national roadshow and boot camp. It was assigned with capturing all moments of the roadshow, alongside Thato DJ Fresh Sikwane.
âCelebrating women is one thing that is often overlooked. We put together this project to take followers into the lives of creative and incredible women. They are determined to break walls and pave way for the next generation of women. In this show, these women serve viewers with factual stories of how they started and what it takes to be at the forefront, the bittersweet experiences that took them that far. Itâs really a show that many young girls can draw inspiration from.â
Breaking down the show plan, Boikaego said airs every Saturday on BTV at 6PM, hosted by One Rabantheng. Rabantheng, famously known as Divine Diva is a media and marketing consultant, legendary radio personality who worked for Duma FM, e-TV and RB2, where she was shown the door for speaking foul of the then President without being aware that the microphone is on.
There are thirteen stars to be featured on the new show, therefore, this means that there will be thirteen episodes. Some of the familiar faces featured on the TV show are: Mpho Sebina, Olorato Ledique, Oratile Kebakile, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Tumi Ramsden, Kelly Ramputswa, Tshepie Olds, Winx Motcher, Mmaphala, Loretta and Nicole Martinez among others.
This past weekend MultiChoice Botswana hosted media and lifestyle enthusiasts in Oodi for an evening of fun, drama and everything in between. The treat dubbed Big Brother Titans Botswana media challenge basically recreated the Big Brother experience right here in Botswana.
Big Brother Titans is the joint South African and Nigerian edition of the Big Brother franchise. The series follows contestants as they live in an isolated house and compete for a cash prize at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by the viewers.
These viewers vote their favorite housemates to stay on the show. The show features housemates from South Africa and Nigeria. The first season of the show premiered on January 15 2023 on DStv.
DStv Botswana Corporate Affairs Manager, Thembile Legwaila told WeekendLife that they saw it critical to host media friends to experience how it feels by being in the Big Brother house.
âFor the very first time in history of Big Brother, weâve seen the merging of two superpowers, Mzansi and Naija, with the Big Brother Titans season and what a better way to celebrate the monumental season than hosting our media friends.â
Participants were treated to top notch reception complimented by the Oodi sunset which just blew them away. A special shuttle was organized from Gaborone to Oodi, at a farm house that is just incredible in terms of design, aesthetics and ambience.
Of course they were welcomed by soft cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for those who are not drinkers, and the next booth was an opportunity for housemates to introduce themselves to the man of the house, Biggie. RB2âs new baby Mdu the Party played the role of Biggie, and he nailed the character.
Some of the contestants were asked what they will do with the grand prize of P5000. With my ongoing voluntary movement, #Pad4HER, I needed the cash prize to push the campaign.Â #Pad4HER is a campaign that I started last year with an aim of helping female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to sanitary towels. Anyway, luck was not on my side but my colleague from The Botswana Gazette, Gosego Motsumi emerged as the winner.
We got done with the questions and made way into the house. The party began with more drinks and the first challenge kicked off. For this particular challenge, we were divided into pairs. I was matched with Motsumi and we won the first challenge.
Other housemates asked how we managed but it was simple: we had a strategy before embarking on the challenge. We sat down and debated on what we need to do in order to emerge victorious.
DStv engaged a phenomenal local chef, Rachel Tlagae who served some enchanting, light meal. Its Big Brother Titans so we ought to mind what we eat and also take note of quantities. Chefs also brought some wine to go with the meal and everyone was contented.
THE WINNING CHALLENGE
Housemates were taken through the last challenge: mental ability. This particular challenge needed them to know who they are as well as knowing their fellow housemates. It was one of the simplest challenges yet difficult. This is where I lost lot of points even though I was at the top (after winning the first challenge).
These housemates were all unique in their own way. From the media side was myself, Sharon Mathala, Leungo Mokgwathi, Gosego Motsumi and Nancy Ramokhua. This is a team which did exceptionally well altogether. Motsumi emerged as the winner, followed by Mathala and me on fourth position.
The third position was won by Loungo Pitse from influencerâs side, and he tagged alongside DJ Gouveia, Dato Seiko, Kedi Molosiwa and Gape Makwati.
Legwaila said âWe wanted to have a healthy mix of traditional media (print and radio) as well as social media personalities, artists and content creators in the house. We chose individuals who were characteristically different from each other because variety and diversity is important to us. We of course chose those with outgoing personalities as well as those who are a little more introverted as we wanted the interaction to be authentic and organic. We wanted a solid group of individuals who represented the many different people that make up this beautiful country.â
DSTV IS COOKING SOMETHING
When quizzed if there are plans to have a similar Big Brother Titans Botswana, Legwaila said âMultiChoice Africa is focused on entertaining audiences all over Africa with the current Big Brother franchises; BB Titans, Mzansi and Naija. Though we have no immediate plans to have a Big Brother Botswana in the future, we are continuously looking at ways to entertain our Botswana audience with local content and we are excited for whatâs to come in the next few weeks from our country.â