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Sheilah, Goitse plot future

Goitse planning on dance documentary and Sheilah to partner with Macky2 in album

Big Brother Africa season 9 themed “Hotshots” has come to an end after 63 days of competition. Thirteen African countries had sent two representatives each. Botswana was represented by two young ladies, Goitseone “Goitse” Kgaswane (23) and Sheillah Molelekwa (21).


After being evicted five days before the finale, Botswana’s representatives were welcomed home on Monday 8th December from South Africa. Both Sheillah and Goitse spent 53 days in the Big Bother house according to Basadi Masimolole, a representative from MultiChoice Botswana.


With this year’s competition themed Hotshots, the motive behind was to explore the different talents that African youth have, basically in performing arts.  Goitseone is a theatre graduate, a writer and a dancer. “I am in love with performing arts as a whole.  I auditioned for this year’s competition because she wanted Africa to recognise her abilities as a young person,” she said.


21 year old Sheillah says she auditioned for the Big Brother competition this year because she wanted to represent the 21 year olds. “I am an outspoken young lady who is currently a recording artist, actress and a singer.” She says she is a brand ambassador who did not only represent herself but also her country. “I went there to represent myself as well as my country and sell it better with the way I dress, speak and my speech.”


Asked on what she has learnt during her stay in the Big Brother house, Sheillah shares that she took “biggy’s” house as her own home. “I did not change anything about myself, the only thing that was different about biggy’s house is that there are camera’s everywhere but the lesson that I’m bringing home with me is that although we compete against each other, we should not forget where we come from and our principles and finally I learnt to be happy in any situation.”


For her part, Goitse says she is privileged to have competed for the USD 300 000 although she did not get it. “I took advantage of the platform and Big Brother has taught me to be careful with who to trust.” The Mahalapye born performer says that it was in the house that she met other contestants that had the same dreams as hers and they are willing to work with her to achieve her dream of having a dance documentary.


As for Sheillah, she says she is scheduled to work with Macky2 who was also a competitor from Zambia and another artist, M.I. She might also explore the acting industry in South Africa and Nigeria. “This does not mean I want to leave my country, remember I said I am a brand ambassador, so I can never leave Botswana, in fact I will be working with people from outside to bring something into my country,” She concludes.


With each and every single year of the competition housemates seem to find themselves love partners. Goitse found herself in a love triangle that involved Idris and Ellah. Even though Idris fell for Ellah, he confessed that he loved Goitse instead. “I liked Idris a lot. He is a loving person,” she says.  


Sheillah on the other hand says what she had with the South African representative was complicated and they decided to be friends. “It is complicated between me and Nhlanhla, we love each other but we cannot put feelings before principles. We agreed not to embarrass ourselves and our nations, killing our brands, so we are taking things slowly.”


Asked about her character in the house and the way she behaved, Sheillah said she behaved in certain ways at some times because she wanted to keep Africa glued to their screens, “I wanted to add value to the show, creating a little bit of drama.” She encouraged people to not always believe what they see in the media.


While the two ladies did not win the ultimate prize money, they learnt something. “I did not win the money but I achieved at all cost, my plan B,” Sheillah says.


The prize money was won by Tanzania’s Idris Sultan. He emerged from the Big Bother Hotshots at the end of Sunday night’s thrilling 2-hour show with USD300 000 in the bank. He picked up an avalanche of viewers votes from the continent after 63 days of fun, drama and intrigue to become the hottest of the Hotshots in the 9th season of the continent’s most epic reality show.


Idris was competing with 25 other housemates including our very own Sheillah and Goitse. They went through 9weeks of extravaganzas, weekly tasks, ‘freeze’ challenges and even an epic prank in true Big Brother style. After his announcement as the winner of season 9, Idris told IK he was feeling exhausted after the “long ride.”

“Big love to everyone in Africa, I have so much love out there, I’m going to give it back every single day,” said the Arusha bred young man. He received 5 country votes by Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia and Kenya.

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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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