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Charm Leader

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.

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Self-taught fashion designer speaks

26th July 2022
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A job, lucrative or not, is a job after all. Sometimes one has to compromise in order to make a living, few people get a job their dream jobs. But once in a while there is an emergence of people who listen to their inner calling to pursue their passion.

The founder and head designer of Butterfly Couture, Chawa July is one of those few people who left their job to pursue their passion. An inspiring fact about July is that she is a self-taught fashion designer, she used to copy patterns from her old clothes until she learnt how to draw them, and she also searched information from the internet to increase her knowledge and skills.

“It all started as a hobby from my love for beautiful dresses and I started adjusting and making clothes for myself. Gradually people around me started to take interest in my craft and the hobby slowly grew into a profitable business,” July said.

The 41 year fashion designer from Molepolole worked her way up in the Procurement space for over 10 years. She worked at Stanbic Bank, Kromberg & Schubert and Clover Dairy as a Procurement supervisor. Her last job before she entered the fashion industry was a Manager for Contacts & Sourcing at a Facilities Management Company.

She established her fashion house in October 2019 and it has become synonyms with elegant wedding gowns and exquisite evening wear. July said when designing she is inspired by various aspects such as the client’s personality, the mood of the event and the theme. She further mentioned that every opportunity is to show her craft so she always aims to please.

“Every Butterfly Couture piece must represent the elegance and the creativity the brand is about,” she said. Butterfly Couture has adorned beauty queens; Miss Botswana 2021/2022 Ambrociah Samboko at Miss Universe in South Korea and Miss Botswana 2019,Oweditse Fafah Phirinyane during her reign of which is the highlight of her career. They have also marked their presence in a few fashion events locally and in the neighbouring countries.”

They showcased at The Grand Palm Wedding Expo, Masa Fashion Show, Miss Botswana Fashion Show and Sacunda plus Size Fashion Show. The will also be showcasing at Gabs July Fashion Show on the 15th of July alongside the South African designer, popularly known as the King of glamour David Tlale.

July also identified that one of the challenges they face in the couture is that, it’s a seasonal business. “There are times in the year when the business is great and challenging. Winter in particular, is difficult time to stay afloat as there aren’t as many events that people are inspired to dress spectacularly for,” she said. She further said that her aim is to be a prime couturier of choice in Botswana.

“Craft like your life depends on it because every happy client is 10 more referrals” is what she said when asked to serve a word of wisdom to people hoping to make it in the fashion industry.

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Gospel awards re-organised

26th July 2022
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The Botswana Gospel Music Awards (BOGMA) and the Annual Gospel Awards (AGA) are said to be no longer in existence and a joint venture project has been put up that will carry out the awarding of gospel musicians.

The new entity has been established as Gospel Music Awards, which is a project at this moment is nearer to dishing out the first Gospel Awards under the leadership of the dissolved entities (BOGMA and AGA). “The difference is the same, it is just that the two projects were run by different minds which had differing objectives,” said the project coordinator, Letsweletse Moshabi when asked what the difference was between the two previous awards.

He added that at this junction their focus is on the future of the gospel musicians and they would like to direct their energies to the new project and forgo the past projects. “The Music market especially the gospel genre is too small and that basically means the very small market was experiencing the imbalance in the supply and demand forces. At that stage, supply was more than the demand so the reason for the joint forces is to allow the supply and demand forces to readjust and form equilibrium,” added Moshabi.

The mandate and objectives of the project are to recognize and award gospel music talent, to create awareness of the Botswana gospel music industry and to create a platform where fellow musicians may exchange ideas and network amongst themselves and approach international markets in cohesion.

The first of these joint awards will be held on the 27th August 2022 at Molapo Showcase under the theme ‘Cohesiveness to Build’ where about 18 categories will be up for grabs.

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Makhadzi, Master KG invade Thamaga

18th July 2022
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The Kumnandi Ekhaya musik festival will be held on the 30th September 2022 at Thamaga village. The event coincides with the release of famous host, Dj Ngwazi’s first album called ‘spring day’ on the 2nd of September 2022.

The Thamaga born and raised Lefika Lushen Kebatlege is a disc jockey and a music producer signed under WanitwaMos Entertainment in South Africa. Famously known as Dj Ngwazi and formally known as DJ superstar, he has really worked hard to become one of the finest export DJs the country has produced. Internationally, he is described as a DJ from South African because of his works with popular music artist Master KG.

Meanwhile, the music festival will feature South African artists, Makhazi, Master KG, Prince Benza and Mthunzi. They will also be joined by some of the big local artists, Franco, Vee Mampeezy, among others.  “The tickets of the concert will be available at Spar stores, webticket and Kings bar. There will be three categories for VIP tickets, the one that goes for P1000, P1500 and P2200,” said the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest promoter Sadie Swartz of Saysay Entertainment.

“We have a new system to tackle the cry of promoters about security at the events. We will have a team of 100 security men, 10 horses and 15 dogs. We also agreed with the police to help with traffic control and no tickets will be sold at the gate to avoid circulation of money which can attract thieves,” said Kagiso Gaodumelwe from All Night Security.

“I started deejaying back in the days when I was still schooling at Kagiso Senior School and I never stopped working towards my career since then. I have a career in South Africa, since 2018 when Master KG took me in and his support as a brother has taken me to places,” said DJ Ngwazi describing his career journey.

“Kumnandi Ekhaya is Zulu language which means ‘go monate ko gae’ in Setswana. The name came about as a way of inviting my South African fans and supporters to my home village Thamaga to come experience the joy that comes with celebrating our freedom and independence. I used isiZulu because it’s the dominant language in South Africa,” explained Dj Ngwazi.

“The concert will be held in an open space which was used for agricultural purposes and we would like to call it ‘Ko Legoleng’. With this concert I want to redeem the dignity of our village because we once had the cases of youth who were terrorizing the community, beating up people in the streets and stealing and these was really a concern in our community because they were tarnishing the village name,” said Dj Ngwazi.

The purpose of this concert is to empower the community of Thamaga and local artist, more especially artist from Thamaga village like, Kgabo Sereto traditional group. There will be a litter picking campaign around the village before the launch of the concert .The sponsors which are already on board are Dladleng Entertainment and Kings bar and there are still more sponsors to be revealed.

”As the Kumnandi Ekhaya musik fest management, we are going to buy food combos and take them to Thamaga village Kgotla so they can be donated to the less privileged and orphans. Starting from October we will be donating pads to all Junior Schools in Thamaga,” said Dj Ngwazi. Dj Ngwazi’s motivational words to other artist and everyone else; work hard, be patient and be determined.

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