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Comedienne, Olebogeng Tsiako, popularly known as Enigma’s star, continues to shine bright as her wit has summoned her back, for a third spell, to the Kingdom of Swaziland.

The funny lady will perform alongside Swaziland’s only comedienne, Mandy Ghinindza, on October 21st at a breast cancer awareness comedy show dubbed Hilarious Queens.  

After staging an impressive act in February, she got a call back, this time to feature on Swaziland’s most profound comedian, Mduduzi “Mdura” Dlamini’s DVD shoot, “Zer0Chill” early August this year. The shoot, was the first comedy DVD produced in that country.

According to her, she is excited at the opportunity of performing at Swaziland again as it is more about building a network to connect local artists with those of Swaziland. For her first performance there, she had a 10 minute slot at a small venue, and for the second show, she performed at a bigger venue for 30 minutes.

“Then tickets were sold out for both events and am hoping the next will be even better, I will be on stage for an hour this time around, at a much bigger venue,” she said. The comedy event will be at the Mbabane Theatre Club.

Through the partnerships she has formed in Swaziland, she is hoping that the private sectors of both Botswana and Swaziland could work together to develop the arts industries of both countries.

“This is all part of my Creative Nation campaign which I started in 2011. I want start BOSWA, the whole purpose of which will be to connect local artists with those of Swaziland, build relationships that could develop talent in both countries.”

The comedienne, who has not only branded herself as a comic genius but as a rapper and poet also spoke about her involvement in the Miss Plus Size Universe Botswana pageant, also billed for October. To her, it is all about growing the Enigma brand, “the pageant has a talent section and as a poet/rapper/comedienne I will be showcasing my talent. I haven’t decided yet what I will be doing but it will sure be one of these.”

She jokingly added, “it is also material for my comedy, you know,” before proceeding to add that “it will be part of my preparation for the Swaziland gig.”

At one of her previous gigs in Swaziland, media reported that her jokes were mainly centred on fuller figured women, albeit being one herself.

Nigma, as she is affectionately called also said she has always had a passion for fashion, beauty and clothes, although she realised that plus sized women are not well represented in the industry.

“I really want to be in the thick of things. I am always about new partnerships, and with my dreams of being a prominent name also in the fashion industry, by entering this competition it is a first step. I will be wearing local designs by Naledi Mojaboswa and LadyJune Maseko, who knows, perhaps I can even endorse their brands,” she added.

The Hilarious Queens Comedy show, organised by MD Events is another platform for women to demonstrate to the nation that they are capable of pulling off a night of laughter just like their male counterparts within the comedy industry.

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6th December 2023

Even though Botswana has over the years been performing extremely poorly at the Miss World competition, the country has confirmed that it will be hosting the beauty festival in 2026. Initially, the country was to host Miss World next year, something it failed to confirm before deadline. Director at Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi, says Botswana will be ready then to host all participants. Miss Botswana Top 25 finalists left the boot camp yesterday. Quite shocking though, Miss Botswana team is still failing basics as responding to media inquiries on time yet it is dangerously hoping to host an event of high status

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DJ Sway ‘saved’ the YAMAs

22nd November 2023

DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.

In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.

When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.

To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.

DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.

DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.


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Chef Gustos walk of shame

22nd November 2023

Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!

The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!

Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.

However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.

In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.

While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.

In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.


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