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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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Lifestyle enthusiasts feel Big Brother vibes

27th January 2023

This past weekend MultiChoice Botswana hosted media and lifestyle enthusiasts in Oodi for an evening of fun, drama and everything in between. The treat dubbed Big Brother Titans Botswana media challenge basically recreated the Big Brother experience right here in Botswana.

Big Brother Titans is the joint South African and Nigerian edition of the Big Brother franchise. The series follows contestants as they live in an isolated house and compete for a cash prize at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by the viewers.

These viewers vote their favorite housemates to stay on the show. The show features housemates from South Africa and Nigeria. The first season of the show premiered on January 15 2023 on DStv.

DStv Botswana Corporate Affairs Manager, Thembile Legwaila told WeekendLife that they saw it critical to host media friends to experience how it feels by being in the Big Brother house.

“For the very first time in history of Big Brother, we’ve seen the merging of two superpowers, Mzansi and Naija, with the Big Brother Titans season and what a better way to celebrate the monumental season than hosting our media friends.”

THE LOVE

Participants were treated to top notch reception complimented by the Oodi sunset which just blew them away. A special shuttle was organized from Gaborone to Oodi, at a farm house that is just incredible in terms of design, aesthetics and ambience.

Of course they were welcomed by soft cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for those who are not drinkers, and the next booth was an opportunity for housemates to introduce themselves to the man of the house, Biggie. RB2’s new baby Mdu the Party played the role of Biggie, and he nailed the character.

Some of the contestants were asked what they will do with the grand prize of P5000. With my ongoing voluntary movement, #Pad4HER, I needed the cash prize to push the campaign.  #Pad4HER is a campaign that I started last year with an aim of helping female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to sanitary towels. Anyway, luck was not on my side but my colleague from The Botswana Gazette, Gosego Motsumi emerged as the winner.

We got done with the questions and made way into the house. The party began with more drinks and the first challenge kicked off. For this particular challenge, we were divided into pairs. I was matched with Motsumi and we won the first challenge.

WINNING STRATEGY

Other housemates asked how we managed but it was simple: we had a strategy before embarking on the challenge. We sat down and debated on what we need to do in order to emerge victorious.

DStv engaged a phenomenal local chef, Rachel Tlagae who served some enchanting, light meal. Its Big Brother Titans so we ought to mind what we eat and also take note of quantities. Chefs also brought some wine to go with the meal and everyone was contented.

THE WINNING CHALLENGE

Housemates were taken through the last challenge: mental ability. This particular challenge needed them to know who they are as well as knowing their fellow housemates. It was one of the simplest challenges yet difficult. This is where I lost lot of points even though I was at the top (after winning the first challenge).

These housemates were all unique in their own way. From the media side was myself, Sharon Mathala, Leungo Mokgwathi, Gosego Motsumi and Nancy Ramokhua. This is a team which did exceptionally well altogether. Motsumi emerged as the winner, followed by Mathala and me on fourth position.

The third position was won by Loungo Pitse from influencer’s side, and he tagged alongside DJ Gouveia, Dato Seiko, Kedi Molosiwa and Gape Makwati.

Legwaila said “We wanted to have a healthy mix of traditional media (print and radio) as well as social media personalities, artists and content creators in the house. We chose individuals who were characteristically different from each other because variety and diversity is important to us. We of course chose those with outgoing personalities as well as those who are a little more introverted as we wanted the interaction to be authentic and organic. We wanted a solid group of individuals who represented the many different people that make up this beautiful country.”

DSTV IS COOKING SOMETHING

When quizzed if there are plans to have a similar Big Brother Titans Botswana, Legwaila said “MultiChoice Africa is focused on entertaining audiences all over Africa with the current Big Brother franchises; BB Titans, Mzansi and Naija. Though we have no immediate plans to have a Big Brother Botswana in the future, we are continuously looking at ways to entertain our Botswana audience with local content and we are excited for what’s to come in the next few weeks from our country.”

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DENIM RICHARDS American actor takes local productions to the world

23rd January 2023

American renowned actor, Denim Richards has been in Botswana for quite a while now with one clear mission: the revamp the film and entertainment industry.

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Botswana misses out on Miss Universe again

9th January 2023

The 71st Miss Universe competition will be going down at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans next week in the United States. There are eighty four entrants at this year’s Miss Universe, and Botswana will once again not be a part of the pageant.

The Miss Universe will be hosted by Jeannie Mai and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, who last served as host during Miss Universe 2020, while Mai last served as backstage correspondent during Miss Universe 2014. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Zuri Hall will serve as backstage correspondents. This will mark the first time in a 70-year history to have an all-female presenting panel.

Botswana last participated at the Miss Universe in 2013, in which the Miss Universe Botswana pageant was won by Tsoane Macheng. Ever since then, Botswana never made its return to the biggest beauty pageant in the world, despite its consistent ability to send a representative to participate at the Miss World competition.

Miss Universe Botswana Director, Safie Sekgwa, allegedly holds the Miss Universe license. Efforts to reach him proved futile, as his mobile phone rung unanswered.

Despite Botswana showing zero efforts in participating at the Miss Universe, the beauty pageants 2019 crown was flanked by two smaller diamonds cut from the same stoned mined in Botswana.

Jewelry designer Mouawad created a new “Power of Unity” crown reportedly worth 5 Million US Dollars, and the title was won by South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi. She was the third South African to be crowned Miss Universe.

BOTSWANA’S POOR RECORD AT MISS UNIVERSE

Botswana is said to be one African country with the most beautiful women, but, the poor performance at the Miss Universe, communicates otherwise. Perhaps, representatives at the pageant are not academically gifted, as the Miss Universe tests how keen they are also.

Mpule Kwelagobe made history when she was crowned Miss Universe 1999. That was few months after she was crowed the first ever Miss Universe Botswana. Kwelagobe became the third woman from Africa who was crowned Miss Universe.

In 2000, Miss Universe Botswana then, Joyce Molemoeng did not place at Miss Universe, and the same blue reality struck again in 2001, when Mataila Sikwane also failed drastically.

After a two year hiatus, Miss Universe 2004, Icho Keolotswe also failed to place at Miss Universe. That was the end of participation at Miss Universe, only to return in 2010. Tirelo Ramasedi, Miss Universe 2010 also did not win. The same losing trend followed from 2011 (Larona Kgabo), 2012 (Sheillah Molelekwa) and 2013 (Tsaone Macheng).

MISS UNIVERSE 2022 UNDERWAY

Preparations are ongoing to hold the 71st Miss Universe competition. Harnaaz Sandhu of India will crown her successor at the end of the event. There are nine countries which have withdrawn from participating: Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Morocco, Romania and Sweden.

As for returns, Miss Universe 2022 will see Angola, Belize, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago as well as Uruguay.

Lebanon won Miss Universe in 1971, Angola in 2011, Trinidad and Tobago in 1977 and1998. Youngest Miss Universe 2022 participants are aged 18, and they are from British Virgin Islands, Iceland and Krgyzstan and Switzerland’s representative is nineteen.

MISS UNIVERSE ALMOST 6 MILLION US DOLLAR CROWN

Miss Universe has unveiled its new crown for the 71st competition. The new crown, “The Crown Number 12: Force for Good” was crafted by world renowned luxury jeweler Mouawad.

The new crown, with pear-shaped blue sapphires surrounded by diamonds and valued at approximately 5.58 Million US Dollars, will be the prestigious mark of honor for the winner this coming week.

According to the Miss Universe organization, the Force for Good crown emanates Mouawad’s passion for crafting the extraordinary, featuring the meticulous setting of sapphires and diamonds, whose design is replete with symbolism.

Reflecting the point that significant change does not happen in an instant, the base of the crown is set with diamonds symbolizing the status quo. From the base upwards, rippling wave motifs reflect the momentum of change, with their varying sizes portraying that this momentum gains ground gradually through advocacy at different moments and places, to audiences large and small, over time.

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