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Im a single, teenage mother

Savannah first wrote me maybe 2 months ago, and her narrative really touched me. She is the sweetest person ever (we met for the first time today), and her gentle and positive attitude radiates through her. For this piece I got consent from her Mom and she wanted to share her experience too. Read more…

My name is Tyler Savannah but I’m known as Savannah… I’m 19 years old and currently waiting to start school in August. I will be studying tourism and hospitality management.

Well, reality hit me when I found out I was 3 months pregnant in February 2015. I couldn’t do much because I well long.  I was a freshman out of high school with so many great plans ahead of me. I had applied to attend college and study hotel management but that all went down the drain when I discovered I was pregnant. I was ashamed of myself as I was only 18 and pregnant out of wedlock.

I was shattered and afraid to tell my family. I kept it to myself till I was 6 months. Then I got really sick one night and they rushed me to hospital, where my mum later learned I was 6 months pregnant. It came as a huge shock. My tummy only started showing at 8 & half months, so to hide it I would at times wear a jacket to hide. I never had morning sickness at all. I just had mood swings and I kept to myself that’s why no one noticed.

My Mom and I kept it quiet ’till I was 7 months to tell the rest of my family. Everyone was shocked. My brother and father took it the worst. My dad literally stopped talking to me ’till I gave birth. I only started my doctor’s appointment at 7 and half months.

I was 38 weeks when my doctor told me I couldn’t have a vaginal birth. I was shocked and scared at the same time. At about 39 weeks I was rushed in theatre to deliver my son. There were complications as my son did not drop… I spent 78 minutes. He was finally was born at 3. 81 kg.

The sad part once my son was born I couldn’t bond with him, it took me a while.  I had resentment towards him but now he’s my world, my everything.

Being so young and having a baby many would look at you funny or say you so young why were you sexually active… you know pass funny looks.

I have my son now I can’t turn back the time; he is truly a blessing and has changed my life. He has shown me what unconditional love is. My theory is staying positive at all times, no matter what people have to say this is my life as long as I pay my own bills no one’s opinion matters.

My son’s father came into his life when he turned 7 months. He was never there throughout my pregnancy; this caused me to be depressed throughout. However he’s trying to build a relationship and also be a role model to him. We have also decided to put aside all the hate and are really working with this co-parenting thing for Duke’s sake.

Many say once you have a baby life ends. It doesn’t, it’s entirely up to you to make the best of it and pick up the broken pieces, staying positive and moving on. Crying over spilled milk doesn’t help! I know life changes once the baby comes but it changes for the good. My son is my motivation to work hard and support him in everything… I’m currently a single teenage mother pushing life to make the best for my little boy. Always keep your head high and keep moving.

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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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