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50 nominees for Annual Gospel Awards

Organisers of the upcoming Annual Gospel Awards (AGA), which are slated for August 18, unveiled the nominees this week Tuesday at Ba Isago Convention Hall. The voting lines opened on Wednesday.

AGA is a platform created to award talent amongst gospel artists in Botswana. The awards which are oraganised by gospel legends Phempheretlhe Bafana Pheto and Joel Rebaone Keitumele, are aimed at recognizing excellence within the gospel industry. The organisers believe in, and cherish the well identified market which awaits artists’ penetration. Ernest Seleke who is assigned as a judge for the awards, alongside Seabe Raditladi and Daniel Mogami explained that when judging the contestants’ work they considered several things that exude excellence in their craft.

“We were looking at how artist package their product and if its eye catching and if there is a touch of creativity in their product including audio quality. We also judged looking at the state of the audio. Some of the music which was submitted was not mastered at all,” Seleke explained. He further highlighted that they looked at the lyrical content and the message that was being relayed to people as well as the entertainment part of it.

“Artists who want to use nasal tone in their music should locate and identify experts to teach them on how to use it. Artists should also take time before going to record to avoid mistakes,” Seleke advised. The organisers have partnered with Botswana Television. The awards are sponsored by Ba Isago, VIB, Be Mobile, Orange, Mascom, IIP which will be assisting with the production, and BIFM which will be awarding P1000 to every winner of each category will be run and staged at a whopping P650 000 budget. Nominees will be aired on BTV on July 1 until August 16 and the public will be voting for their favourite nominee.


Best Contemporary Gospel Album-Female

1. Caroline-I believe
2. Daphney Tseleng-Forever
3. Keneilwe Moroka-Rebirth
4. Gabo Thotobolo-Ba ba Tshepang

Best Contemporary Gospel Album-Male

1. Kabelo Eric-Take the Glory
2. Tshepo Lesole- I believe
3. Joe-T- Dinonyane
4. Tshepo Lesole-Grateful

Best Traditional Gospel Album-Female

1. Kese Kalayamotho-Lift Him up
2. Gabo Thotobolo- An Anthill
3. Keba- Mmuleleng
4. Masego Motswiri- Aneni-Mal

Best Traditional Gospel Album

1. Adolph Madisa-Ntshenka
2. Simon Sizola- He is my Shepherd
3. Tefo Phiri- Tsela e thata
4. Kabelo Eric- Oh Modimo

Best Newcomer Gospel Artist

1. Joe-T
2. Rejoice Senabye
3. Masego Mash Tlalanyane
4. Sbhugie

Best Gospel Group

1. Melao e lesome- Ngaka ya Lefu
2. A re gopoleng Gospel boys-Re bolela le Modimo

Best Gospel song

1. Mmuleleng- Keba
2. Balekane bame- Kese Kalayamotho
3. Dinonyane- Joe-T
4. Take the Glory- Kabelo Eric

Best Gospel Male Artist

1. Tshepo Lesole
2. Kabelo Eric
3. David
4. Joe-T

Best Gospel Female Artist

1. Caroline
2. Kese Kalayamotho
3. Daphney Nono Tseleng
4. Keba

Best Gospel Video

1. Re tla a thaba- Lady G
2. Nkabo ke le kae-Tshepo Lesole
3. Re ya go tsholetsa- Gabo Thotobolo
4. Moya wa me- Tshepo Lesole

Best Legendary

1. Mpho Motlhasedi
2. Mmereki Marakakgoro
3. Bleskit Isaac
4. Judah Bosa

Best Community Outreach

1. ZCC
2. Bible Life Ministries
3. Roman Catholic Church
4. Third Heaven Ministries

Best Gospel Producer

1. Shatiso Aron
2. Kitso Mauchaza   
3. Tshepo Lesole
4. Ghavorr

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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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