Botswana’s Big Brother 2014 hotshot Sheillah Molelekwa has more tricks up her sleeve than she has been letting on. The former beauty queen is trying new territory, if her new found career in music is anything to go by. The Miss Universe Botswana 2012, currently residing in South Africa this week released her first single, studio recording titled, Ke Lehetwa.
The new song is currently making airwaves across Africa, playing in radio stations from South Africa to Ghana. It is due to drop on iTunes and to be available for download but in the meantime it is just enjoying airplay on radio stations. Produced by Bongani Moyo and Fana Zulu in South Africa, the album, which she is still working on will drop no later than November this year.
In an interview with this publication from her base in South Africa Sheillah said her song Ke Lehetwa carries a deep message about people who always find it fun to mock and tease women who approach a certain age before they are married. The message she conveys is that some of these women just chose to be single while others are too busy building their careers.
She holds that we are moving towards liberal times where men also want women who are equally financially stable and can support their families. Through the song she says she is trying to give the situation a different direction and alert people that it does not signal failure, however she maintains that the song had no personal connotations as it does not reflect on her.
“I started singing while I was 7 years. I used to sing during our talent shows at the beauty pageants and had known that that is where my heart is,” she said. She sees herself as the country’s brand ambassador and she want to sell the country through music which is a universal language and wants Botswana to celebrate her.
The former beauty queen now resides in the neighbouring South Africa where her big brother housemate beau, Nhlanhla Nhlapo is from. They are rumoured to be headed for marriage.
The Big Brother Africa Website reported that; “It's under these circumstances that our very own Sheillah, a former BBA rep from Botswana has in recent days been talking about love, engagement and marriage – all surrounding her boo Nhlanhla from South Africa.
According to the website, “surely there are certain things in life that one cannot hide however much they try especially when it comes to love related issues. You may deny for all you want but one day it will come out in light.”
Although she had denied being engaged or having plans of getting married to Nhlanhla, she could have let one slip when she shared with her Facebook followers recently. She posted pictures of two beautiful wedding dresses with the caption: "NN loves one of these two dresses…can you guess which one?" By NN, she was referring to Nhlanhla Nhlapo.
Creativity is seen everywhere and these individuals did something recently that’s never been done before, and some are still killing it. We see creativity on streaming platforms, stages, runways, social media and boardrooms even. Some of them are revamping their businesses, and lately, clothing sale is thriving.
They love concept-driven designs, storytelling and they bring fresh ideas and new perspectives that will leave footprints in the sand. Post the COVID-19 pandemic, these creative minds utilized the drawing board and they became cognizant that monetizing content will actually take them far, which is frank nonetheless.
This is commendable though, but the creative industry will still need support from government in order for it to flourish further. Allocation of resources (funds, facilities and empowerment) should be done consistently, creativity must be raised and at the end of the day, the economy benefits from that kind of investment.
Ever since he parted ways with his former manager, DJ Bougee Sid, Mahalapye born-pint sized, multi-award-winning artist, Hanceford Magapatona has been taking up space, unapologetically so. Han C has shown a strong will to take over the entire world, and he is in the right direction. He’s solely organizing the annual Mahalapye Spring Festival, which is taking place next weekend.
The Pepetetsa hitmaker raked some monies from his savings to put together this event. Mahalapye Spring Festival will feature Paige, Ubuntu Band, Khoisan, Amantle Brown and Double Up among others. Even though it didn’t come as a surprise, Han C was nominated at African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) in the US, under Best Male Southern Africa category.
However, the award was snatched by the late South African rapper, AKA. Its not all lost as Han C secured two nominations at the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs): People’s Choice of the Year and Best Male Single.
This entrepreneur has turned his dreams into reality, and his promising apparel business is now a fashion destination. Matter of fact, Motswagole weathered the storms to be where he is now because through criticism and social media bullying, he still leads the pack in fashion.
His social media accounts got deleted but through his online store, KM Sales, Motswagole is able to rake in some profits. He initially started selling from his car but now owns a busy store and has employed a number of young people.
KM Sales has been offering fashionable items (shoes, t-shirts, pants) and has been participating in various lifestyle events such as Garden of Drip where it showcases its products.
If there is one young entrepreneur to draw motivation from is Koketso. The business started from humble beginnings, at the time when he worked part time at Ipelegeng as a casual labor. Indeed, good things come to those who wait, or well, work like a slave today, live like a king tomorrow.
KAGISO LUDO DE KLERK
Vee Mampeezy’s ex-wife Kagiso De Klerk clearly did not sit and weep over their dramatic divorce. The famous social media influencer hurriedly picked up the pieces and went hard on promoting business online. She literally took social media influencing to the head and it is working for her.
This year saw her partnership with Shell reach greater heights, and obviously, she is raking lot of pulas from the deal. Kagiso has been making frequent appearances in top events in South Africa such as Bubbles in Spring and Gold and Diamond Experience.
After a long break from the limelight, renowned media and radio personality, Gaona Dintwe is back. She was missed by many on TV, and she’s back where she belongs, news anchoring on BTV. Gaona has also found a niche in podcasting. She is a host of her own podcast, Gaona Live Conversation, where various people share their stories on camera.
Some of what they discuss is Gender Based Violence (GBV), polygamy and drug addiction. This is highly commendable because even BTV doesn’t have programs that discuss these crucial social issues. The Lentswelemoruti native is also seen in various corporate events where she is engaged as a host.
Now that one-man shows are made fashionable, traditional dance guru and ex-convict, Ditiro Leero is joining the crusade and he will be hosting his also. The show will be held next month at Zone 4 Farm in Selokolela, but the there are traditional dance music artists who have been lined up to perform at the show. Matshana, Morwa Leka and Maswailathota will be doing their thing and probably bring some heat too. Ditiro Leero will be making history as the first traditional artist to host a one-man show in Botswana.
With only two months before Miss World 2023, the reigning Miss Botswana, Lesego Chombo is having many irons in the fire, preparing for the much-anticipated beauty pageant. Miss World 2023 will be the 71st edition of Miss World pageant and it will be held in India. Chombo has been spotted toning her body at Jack’s gym, a requirement that is taken seriously at the pageant. She has also been participating in charity events, something that should add to her profile at the Miss World.