To many Batswana, he was relatively unknown until that nippy morning on the 29th of June in Kanye, on that historic day when former President and founding father of the nation, Sir Quett Ketumile Joni Masire was laid to rest.
Eno Mwamba, grandson to Sir Ketumile Masire sent social media on a frenzy after he took to the podium, the London based banker would trend for some days after that day. Just by speaking about his grandfather’s legacy and relating his personal experiences with him – he warmed his way into many girls’ hearts! It was his charm, his command of the queen’s language, and his confident stage presence that made him an instant hit with the ladies who evidently enjoyed the live beam of the funeral on Btv that day.
Within seconds, the young Mwamba was trending on social media, with friend requests sent by their tenths, by his own admission. Not that the ladies can be blamed, he is quite a charmer, and is easy on the eye too. Besides his good looks, Eno is a very humble man who does not want to be viewed as a celebrity but rather a leader who aspires to follow on his late grandfather’s footsteps and motivate his peers. In an interview, WeekendLife established the meek Eno’s ambitions of becoming a great leader as well as how he ended up as a banker in London.
The alluring young leader is the first born son of Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, the second daughter of Sir Quett Ketumile Joni Masire. His mother is married to Bishop Trevor Mwamba, a consecrated Botswana Anglican Bishop, and he grew up in Botswana along with his two twin little sisters Seneo and Lukwesa. He started his pre-school education at Playmates, before going to Westwood International School and spent one year in a boarding school in South Africa before returning to Westwood briefly. Eno completed his IGCSE exams at Maru- A- Pula, having joined the school in form three. He then completed his A- levels in London, studying Politics, History and Economics.
After of A-levels he applied to the Global Big Four accounting firms and received a number of offers. He selected Ernst & Young, who provided a generous opportunity in partnership with Lancaster University, where he completed his undergraduate studies attaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Finance. He would however change career paths after graduation, as he wanted to be a banker rather than an accountant. He then secured an internship with Barclays in London, and was one of the highest performing interns, earning a graduate scheme offer to start immediately with the bank in their global headquarters. He is currently a relationship manager within the corporate bank, looking after broker dealers.
In this exclusive interview with WeekendLife he said he works extremely hard and has never really been one for relationships. “Don't get me wrong, I am well aware of the female attention I attract. I mean there is nothing wrong with my hearing and I certainly do own a mirror. However I believe life is all about sacrifices,” he said. “I want to be remembered in history as a great leader! To be a great leader, one needs to read up and grow their understanding of politics, finance and the world at large. This endeavour takes time; women take time so therein laid the sacrifice.”
While speaking about his grandfather Eno said with no formal education, no political connections and no great wealth to speak of, the second President of Botswana did not only raise his siblings, and created a livelihood through farming, but he went on to co-found the political party that won landslides victories at the elections after independence. He said his grandfather reached the highest heights of power within his country, and overcame all the many obstacles in his way in the process. Looking at what he started with in life, and what he ended up with. He completely transformed his life.
“My grandfather based on his early life circumstances, had no business going on to become the father of his nation. He had no business being hailed as one of the greatest African leaders of all time. Receiving praising tributes from the President of America, the President of China, the former Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan and having current and former heads of states from South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Lesotho and of course Botswana attend his funeral,” he reiterated.
Eno is a big dreamer and has been inspired to attempt to live his own full life. He plans to get his MBA from Harvard Business School and from there go on to conquer world football as one of the best football managers in the world. “This is a big dream one in which I have no business in achieving! Yet in comparison to what was achieved by my grandfather with the initial resources at his disposal, I truly have no excuse in living a full life,” he said. The young Mwamba said he is inspired, but his inspiration is not his alone. He advises that as people, we all have the right to live the life we want. “Your life is your life alone! No person or circumstance can dictate how you can live it. In memory of my grandfather I shall keep going, stay focused and not give up. I shall obviously miss him but I am happy as he is now finally resting,” he concluded.
After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.
On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.
The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others.
Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.
The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus.
At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.
“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”
The annual prestigious music awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA), has resumed this year. But this time around with a virtual version of it.
The awards that celebrate the originality of African music has unveiled their seventh edition. The awards seek to promote the African talent by bringing together on the same stage African legendary artists to celebrate African culture.
The event was established by the International Committee of AFRIMMA, in collaboration with African Union to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage amongst African countries.
However after the Covid-19 global pandemic, the event will not be hosted on a live global stage, but it will be hosted virtually and nominees are expected to deliver their performances virtually. The AFRIMMA Virtual Awards 2020 is set to be the first of its kind in the African music world with performances coming from different artists around the world and audience catching the performances, speeches and award presentations on multiple streaming devices.
Amongst the many who are nominated by the AFRIMMAs is local sensation Vee Mampeezy who has been nominated in the category for Best Male Southern African alongside music giants, Black Coffee- South Africa, Slap Dee – Zambia, Cassper Nyovest- South Africa, Master KG- South Africa, Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe, Vee Mampeezy – Botswana, Shyn – Madagascar, Tshego- South Africa, Tha Dogg – Namibia and Yanga Chief – South Africa.
Mampeezy has established with WeekendLife that prior to that, he had received an email from AFRIMMA confirming his nomination. They wished for him to perform which he said he will confirm the performance first with his manager, but as for now he is not sure if he will be performing.
“We have accepted the nomination. It is such an honour to be nominated alongside music giants like Black Coffee. I am very excited, others I am not as excited to be nominated alongside them because I have been nominated before with them. I do not mean to say they are not great, they are great in their respective right,” he said.
“We should be excited as a country that Botswana has been nominated as well. Before anything else, the fact that we are there as nominees makes us winners. It is such an honour to be recognised more so that Botswana is a small country with a very small population.”
Famous and most decorated artists the likes of Diamond Platnumz, Mr Flavour, Harmonize, Davido and Jah Prayzah are also amongst the nominees. However, South African based artist affectionately known as Master KG has been nominated six times for Video of the year, Best Male Southern Africa, Artist of the year, Best Collaboration as well as song of the year.
Master KG’s song ‘Jerusalem’ has been making waves internationally, and it was used mostly during the pandemic to shake off the Covid-19 anxiety. The song was nominated after South African Music Awards (SAMA) failed to nominate the young talented artist.
The Queen does this through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fairs, storytelling programs to children, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities.
Even though this auspicious year has been faulted by the COVID-19 crisis, Miss Earth Botswana 2020 Seneo Perry has seen this as a chance to fix her crown, and get dirty in conserving the environment. This is highly impressive as it expresses how dedicated she is not only in wearing the crown, but putting in some work to create a better greener world.
Perry is a Botswana based environmentalist, equipped with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business Leadership from Sheffield Hallam University (BAC) and a top 5 finalist in Miss Earth Botswana 2019. As an eco-warrior at heart, she has dedicated her time and energy towards educating and empowering the next generation on the importance of preservation and careful management of the environment and natural resources (a clean and safe environment.)
Miss Earth Botswana will be hosting SOS Children for a film documentary dubbed “Into the Okavango” on Saturday 19th September, in Tlokweng. This initiative is influenced by National Vision 2036 Pillar of National Values which is our identity, our unique natural and cultural resources, tolerance of diversity as well as national values constitute a value preposition that makes Botswana a place to live, work and do business.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife, Perry’s Manager, Shimah Keakopa, said the purpose of this event is to encourage the children to open up their minds a bit more to think outside the box as they are about to choose their career paths and what more they can offer to their country as upcoming young leaders.
“This event is held under the theme ‘‘Botswana will have healthy ecosystems that support the economy, livelihoods and our cultural heritage as well as enhance resilience to climate change’’. We strive to help young children grow up knowing their purpose in life and what they actually do in achieving their ambitions.”
For her part, the queen said since 2013, conservation topics have always attracted her interests towards achieving a clean and safe environment for the benefit of humanity. She said “Botswana relies heavily on the tourism industry as it contributes 7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Our tourism industry has been characterized as more of a fauna and flora type, which is the great attraction to local and international tourists.”
“Therefore it is imperative that we conserve and continuously engage in environmental issues, to preserve our untouchable pristine wilderness. Furthermore people who live closest to natural resources generally absorb the greatest cost associated with conservation,” she said.
Perry told WeekendLife that a lot still needs to be done to ensure everybody is of one mind in an effort dedicated towards environmental conservation, which not only benefits the flora and fauna but the economy as well through activities such as agriculture and tourism.
“In Botswana, there still not enough policies (some outdated) and public awareness towards environmental conservation, especially the collective effort that should exist between government, private sector and Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Whereas members of the general public do not have adequate access to the information on the importance of environmental conservation and this results in them being unaware of the best practices and standards in environmental conservation,” she said.
When she is not impressing at beauty pageants, Perry is a Managing Director of “Restoring the Prime Colour of the Earth” a charitable organization established in 2019 with the objective to educate both young and old people the importance of keeping a clean and safe environment and to restore the breath-taking landmarks in Botswana.