Mastermind of online campaign, #DrugsMustFall has adopted a rather unorthodox manner of driving his message. Bissau Gaobakwe is living lavishly and is seemingly on a limitless shopping spree he chooses to post online in the suburbs of Sandton, South Africa.
He recently joked in one of his Facebook posts that the folks at Versace had given him an Indian Makay as they had never made so much money off one person. The flamboyant Gaobakwe, who is the son of late business guru Uncle Parks, ruffled a few feathers earlier this year when he went public about his anti-drugs campaign.
For some time, Gaobakwe went quiet on social media and did not check into his regular hang out spots, raising speculation that the prominent rich kid might have gone broke. It soon became apparent that the trouble child was only keeping a low profile and was trying to evade the scandals that trailed him overtime.
The beginning of this year saw the resurrection of ‘Biscat’ as he is popularly known as a re-born man in a mission to fight the evil that was eating away the core of the country – drugs. A picture of him with Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama, and later a social media spat with the Minister’s wife was the genesis of his (Biscat) comeback.
Now, the #Drugs Must Fall is accompanied by his many expensive shopping trips. When he started the campaign, a lot of controversy surrounded it, as many were arguing that he was only fronting and belonged to the same circle of people he was now trying to ‘fight’. Now the questions have shifted to his ‘marketing gimmick’ where his flossing is accompanied by #DrugsMustFall.
Bissau has however always defended his position with regards to drugs. Just last week, he was at the centre of trouble again when he was allegedly caught in a mistaken identity case. Reports allege that he was shot at when some thugs had mistaken him for a drug dealer. However, in his defence, he said that the reason he was targeted was because of his campaign to fight drug use and peddling.
He wrote on his Facebook Timeline: “Some of my weak N**** ask me why I'm committed to this fight against drugs. I told them that it has to be done. I work for God, love life and light. I'm like your white blood cells. Always grinding, fighting death and darkness. The same way you never say thank you to your white blood cells for preventing your death is the same way it don't bother me when our efforts to fight for life are not appreciated. Either way l get the job done for God and his children. There are two types of living species those that work for life like white blood cells and oxygen and those that work for death like cancer and carbon monoxide”.
He has also taken to Facebook over the past months to ridicule political leaders who he says are focused on power and struggle issues and not the real issues on the ground. “When I come back I am going select the members of our next government based on their expertise regardless of political party. Government can't solve income problems because they are not businessmen. What do they know about creating employment or entrepreneurs? They can't deal with the drug problems, what do they know about the streets and type of drugs their kids are taking? They don't know the difference between coke, cat, rock, weed and meth, Hereon etc. They are clueless”, he reiterated.
Speaking from his Sandton hotel, Biscat said South Africans have been infiltrated by Nigerians who are killing the youth with drugs and converting addicted young females into prostitutes. All the violent crimes are done by addicts looking for money for a quick fix. This according to him is what happens when you turn a blind eye to growing problems destined to hurt your own family. He said the idea is stop this behaviour before it hits our country.
“What are you doing about the drug problem in your country? Are you contributing to the problem by selling or using or are helping to fight the problem or are you turning a blind eye while you criticize those who are fighting drugs off our communities. Seriously #drugsmustfall. Do you work for life or death…. do you try and help God or the do you work with the devil,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, WeekendLife has established that drug addiction and associated problems are gaining momentum in Gaborone. An eyewitness whose name has been withheld shared her experiences at one of the upmarket suburbs in Gaborone. According to her, she recently helped a friend ferry an 18 year old form 5 school girl from a house where they had found a lot of other young girls with ‘rich old men’. The source described the situation in the house as bizarre with the girls seemingly high on drugs and the ‘old men using them’.
“You can imagine the situation, it was very sad. This is all in the exchange of ‘lines’ to help them because they can’t afford it themselves,” she said. The men are described as old and very rich men with families, driving very expensive cars. The owner of the house allows them free rooms to sexually abuse these school girls. The house, she said, was filled with Zombie like people of all ages and with smoke all over as some teenage girls walked about butt naked and some having oral sessions.
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.