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Mr Ibu headlines GIMC comedy

Nigerian film star, John Okafor, populalrly know as Mr Ibu is set to headline the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) this year, but according to organisers; that is not the only reason he will come to Botswana. The funny man will also scout talent locally in a bid to shoot a movie centred on him coming to Botswana-much like what he did with the 2004 film Mr Ibu in London.


GIMC, now on its fourth year, has now become an international event. Last year they made history by becoming the first privately organised event to fill the National Stadium to capacity. Rated amongst top ten events to attend in Africa, GIMC is now on its 4th year running and are now looking into to venturing into the movie industry.


According to event organiser, Fish Pabalinga ‘Mr Ibu’ who is not in- style a stand up comedian, will headline the comedy show at GIMC and also shoot the movies. He said that unlike other Hollywood movies shot in Botswana such as Mma Ramotswe and the latest being United Kingdom, this one will be a localised movie to show our pride as a nation and sell Botswana to the outside world.


He said the movie aspires to show the country’s iconic sites such as the Okavango Delta, the Three Chief’s Monument, Bahurutshe Cultural Gorge among others. “These are places that define us as a nation and they need to reflect on these movies and we will be taking Mr Ibu here to see them and joke about them,” he said. The Niger funny man will also be afforded the opportunity to eat some of our staple food such as Seswaa which is mostly enjoyed by Hollywood stars such as Rick Yune who used to frequent the place as well as Phane which is found mostly in Bokalaka and Tswapong areas.


Pabalinga said the movie will be a high budget professionally shot movie in full HD and will be launched maybe on cinemas or through their YouTube channel. ‘Mr Ibu’ will be coming with his manger, producer and the production team which will conduct auditions in Gaborone, Francistown and Maun during their stay in Botswana. The movie which will be shot in both Botswana and Nigeria will see other parts being played by Nigerians. Pabalinga revealed that the team did not rule out the possibility of bringing along the two funny short boys, Osita Iheme and Chinedu Ikedieze whom he featured in a lot of productions.


He said they will also take Ibu to Kasane to show them our animals which they don’t often see in Nigeria. In his facebook clip that he hinted his coming to GIMC, the funny Mr Ibu warned both renowned local Facebook comedians Mjamaica and Jujuvine that he is coming for them. Pabalinga did not rule out the possibility of giving the duo the opportunity to work with the veteran Nigerian actor.


From his biography John Okafor is considered to be one of Nigeria’s most talented comic characters. His humorous acting is often characterised by stupidity, hilarious imbecility and a sharp disconnection from reality. He was born on 17 October 1961 and is married with children. He has acted in more than 70 movies including Mr Ibu (2004), Mr Ibu in London (2004), Police Recruit (2003), 9 Wives (2005), Ibu in Prison (2006) and Keziah (2007). He has remained a role model to many Nigerian comedians.


He came into the limelight in 2004 in one of the movies he was featured titled MR IBU which actually gave him the popular nickname Mr Ibu because of his funny role as a father of a troublesome kid. Before then he appeared in lots of very popular movies in the 90’s and since then remained consistent in the movie industry. Okafor’s net Worth is $4.2 Million.  


GIMC runs for a week, it starts during the last week of August into the first week of September. It is the brainchild of Leapfrog, a Communications and Events Management company founded by Fish Pabalinga. In 2014 GIMC held its first show that included poetry, choral, comedy, International Festival and Jazz.


Last year in just two editions of GIMC, Africa.com and African Association of Cultural Festivals listed GIMC as one of the top 10 festivals to attend in Africa. The list of other festivals is very impressive and for GIMC to have made it into this list in only its 3rd year of being is remarkable.

 

The list includes well known and old festivals like Lake of Stars in Malawi, Bush Fire in Swaziland, HIFA in Zimbabwe, Cape Town Jazz Festival in South Africa, OppiKoppi in Limpopo South Africa, Festal in Lagos Nigeria, Vic Falls Carnival in Vic Falls, Zimbabwe, and Festival Mawazine in Rabbat Morocco.  Some of these festivals are over 15 years old and for GIMC to have cracked into the top 10 within such a short space of time is amazing and commendable.

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200,000 Members of International Church Hold Virtual Prayer Service for Covid-19

22nd September 2020
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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.”

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AFRIMMA nominates Vee Mampeezy

22nd September 2020
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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.

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Miss Earth Botswana catwalks to save the environment

22nd September 2020
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Miss Earth Botswana is an annual local environmental-themed beauty pageant competition promoting environmental awarenessconservation and social responsibility. The reigning Queen dedicated her year to promoting specific projects and often addressing issues concerning the environment.

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.

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