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Zibo’s Beauty Spa blossoms

Zibo Marobela-Ebineng is a very enthusiastic, energetic and vibrant young lady who is very passionate about her business. She runs a Beauty Spa and starts her day very early, 6am and prioritises her clients before she can touch anything through checking her mail contacting clients and attending to their queries.  

An interesting aspect about Zibo is that she left a glittering law career – just to make people look beautiful! Zibo chose to start the business because beauty is her greatest passion, she also loves events management. Beyond beauty she wanted a spa that could offer women especially, packages for their baby and bridal showers for example. It has also turned into a therapeutic area where people come to Shobas not only to get treatments, but to also relax and unwind in their beautiful, airy and relaxed environment.

The Spa opens for business at 8am.Shobas is a beauty spa that is 100% citizen owned by a youthful Motswana lady. It was founded in 2011 as a mobile spa but has now been permanently located in Phase 4, Gaborone.
Zibo has always loved the beauty industry. During her tertiary education days at University of Botswana, she always had great conspicuous red painted nails. She is inspired mostly by other young women doing well as entrepreneurs.

The secret behind her success – Zibo believes in herself and her dreams, and will do anything and everything to make sure that what she touches turns into gold. She describes herself as faithful, hopeful and determined lady.

She believes that with a lot of hard work, patience and drive, she will ultimately reach her goals. She runs the business full time as she stopped practicing as an Attorney in January this year. She describes 2014 as a great year, she has really grown much as an individual and the business is thriving well, and believes it will continue to do so.

Shobas is a Beauty Spa that provides beauty treatments such as manicure and pedicure, facials, massages and make up. Zibo further explains that they also organise workshops on Beauty Health and wellbeing, retreats/weekend getaways, as well as corporate wellness and team building sessions.

What makes them ride on the shoulders of other beauty spas is that they do  not only make people beautiful, they go an extra mile by helping clients appreciate that beauty starts from within, hence their workshops and retreats.

Their services are for everyone, but workshops and retreats have been in the past, tailor-made to suit women. From 2015 going forward they will be bringing in more workshops and retreats so as to accommodate men as well.

Shobas has a very tight schedule, therefore their bookings have to be on point, if they miss a step somewhere, it messes up everything. It needs perfection all the time. Her employees are respectful, love working with people and very professional.

Shobas aspired to be the greatest wellness place in Gaborone and beyond, with great service and products. The business will in future introduce new Spa concepts, which they believe Batswana will appreciate.

They are also working hard on growing Shobas beyond our borders, and have franchises.

Zibo stresses that she is very passionate about beauty therapy. Her business employs young Batswana.  But she acknowledges that there is a lot of competition but she made sure she sets her business apart from other competitors in that they are also more into training clients on wellbeing as a whole.

Her happiness cannot be denied as she acknowledges the growth of their brand, they now have a few corporate clients on board, and they are still working on getting more. They also intend on expanding their business to other areas in the country, and hence employ more young Batswana.

 “I’m proud of how far we have come, despite the challenges we had to endure, we have grown our brand. I’m proud of my staff, who are always willing to go an extra mile for the success of the business. It gives me great joy to receive messages from women all over the country telling me how much of an inspiration I am to them. It’s a great feeling when you touch people’s lives in that manner. I am even registering Shobas Foundation, to try reach out to young women who want to do something to make a living, out of their passions, because that is very possible, if I did it, they too can.”

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All roads lead to Francistown for ATI’s concert

18th May 2022

Organisers of the much anticipated As One Music Concert say preparation for the much awaited as one of the music concert are at the peak, with ticket and merchandise sales at a high just 13 days before the event.

In a statement Kesego Okie, Managing Director of Blue Skies PR Agency and event coordinator “The Concert is a celebration of ATI’s journey in music. It is also an incredible platform for all stakeholders, particularly businesses that operate in Francistown, to show their commitment to the resuscitation of the City’s economy following the impact of Covid.

We are grateful for the reception by the city leadership and look forward to cooperate Francistown heeding our call to support the arts, which would in turn, be supporting many livelihoods and small business in the area”.

She expressed gratitude to the public for their immense support evidenced by ticket sales and talk ability, saying this is testimony that indeed As One the nation can go fa in the true spirit of boipelego (self-reliance).

The concert is partnership between Batho Bame Investment and Blue Skies PR Agency. “A lot of work has gone in to prepare for the highlight, and I am thankful to everyone who believes in the dream and supports us. I promise nothing but the very best of me and would love to express my utmost gratitude to all creatives and businesses that are a part of this Journey” Atasaone ATI Molemogi.

The concert will be the first music show taking place within the main pitch of the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium, which was chosen to host because of its distinct state of art ambiance, coupling Francistown’s position as a gate way to many strategic places in Botswana.

Francistown is not only rich in history, but also an enabler for economic activity for unearthed tourist destination surrounding it. It is an honour to have been given the approval by the city leadership and the people of Francistown to host this Concert in their backyard’ ATI.

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AMVCAs To Host Hollywood Stars At 8th Edition

18th May 2022

As part of activities for the 8th edition of Africa’s most prestigious award ceremony, the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice Nigeria will host celebrity movie stars and film directors from Hollywood ahead of the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 14 May in Lagos.

The visiting Hollywood stars will be led by Tasha Smith, actress, director and producer, known for her role in the acclaimed films, ‘Why Did I Get Married?’ and its sequel, ‘Why Did I Get Married, Too?’. She will be joined by Bayo Akinfemi, a cast member of the popular television series, ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ as well as Brandon Micheal Hall of the ‘God Friended Me’ series fame

Also expected are Sidra Smith, award-winning Producer and Head of Essence’s Film and TV Studio and Grant Housley, Hollywood Producer, Writer and Director currently at Paramount Pictures, where he has worked on some of the biggest films and most critically acclaimed television series in the world.

While in Nigeria, the stars will meet with the #AMVCA8 nominees and other industry stakeholders. This historic visit is in line with MultiChoice and Africa Magic’s efforts in sustaining the Africa film making and storytelling momentum, through deliberate global collaboration.

The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought to viewers by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta.
For more information, visit and follow all official handles of Africa Magic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #AMVCA8

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Of Musicians and No Shows

10th May 2022
Musicians and No Shows

There is a growing unpleasant of artists who do not pitch for events they have been booked for; or simultaneously, there could be another development – false advertising – where artists’ names are used to draw large crowds.

Musicians and promoters in their mission to put bread on the table seem to have resorted to obscene means of securing their means. To many, this is tantamount to fraud and deception to gain an unfair advantage over their unsuspecting fans who swoon at the mention of their name, their presence and entire existence.

The month of May has just begun and bottomless grievances are pouring in of no show musicians at gigs they have been booked and paid for. Instead of leaving the crowd stunned by a spectacular show they are leaving revellers disappointed.

Exhibit A; This past weekend Eswatini’s DJ Uncle Waffles was scheduled to perform in Botswana. She never pitched up for the shows and continues to be silent on her lack of presence at the show. Exhibit B; Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha were all set to perform on 29 April at the Victoria Falls Carnival 10th Anniversary but did not arrive in Zambia for the gig.

In a statement released on Sunday 1 May, Victoria Falls Carnival organisers confirmed that flights and accommodation were organised for DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha.
The statement continued; “Confirmations were sent to them as agreed and emails were sent to them several times before, for some reason they did not show up at the airport on the day of travel…

Above and beyond we tried to communicate with the artists to change the date of performance but still we could not get hold of them despite all the effort and all means of communication from our side,” Organisers have demanded that the artists refund them the full booking fee and the payments made for flights and accommodation

“All three artists were paid in full and contractually bound to perform at the Carnival, and accommodated at every corner with their numerous flight and accommodation change requests.” Adds the statement. Exhibit C; South African artist Prince Benza’s passport was confiscated by the Deputy Sheriffs pending payment for damages on breach of contract.

He was scheduled to perform at Mogobane on the 31st of December at the Reflector Music Festival but did not appear as well. He nabbed when he came into the country for a separate event.
The President of Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association (BEPA), Gilbert Seagile this week had his company; Gilbert Promotions registered in South Africa.

This puts him in an ideal spot to become an intermediary and help solve the feud between Botswana and South African artists and their no show at events.  Seagile emphasized that it’s not only international artists that miss events but even the local artists have the same tendencies. He elaborated that reasons for artists not pitching up are many amongst them ; breach of contracts , promoters not paying deposits and some can be natural like artist testing positive for Covid-19.

The BEPA president also indicated that fly-by-night promoters are also a concern as they do not follow the BEPA Code of conduct, “BEPA members are well coordinated, they have the code of conduct which guides them to do things accordingly. The government is pushing for promoters to join BEPA they have already started refusing with permits when one is not a member of BEPA.” he emphasized

Seagile said that the association is in talks with the South African Music Promoters Association (SAMPA) to provide protection of Botswana Promoters that when artists miss shows they can be able to rope in their lawyers in South Africa through SAMPA and Botswana through BEPA to compensate for losses incurred as a result of this exploitation.

He said another way of dealing with this matter is for Promoters to issue a contract to the artist as currently the norm is that the artist produces the contract to the promoter so this solution can help the promoters to protect themselves.

In an interview with Weekendlife, Superintendent Tumediso of Urban Police Station enunciated that matters of no show artists are normally reported by the promoter who normally comes as the complainant. The matter is then taken forward taking into consideration the evidence, this will in turn assist in determining on whether the case is theft, obtaining by false pretence or fraud.
When it is all said and done, revellers love musicians to hate them and hate them to love them. It is an unending toxic relationship which no one wants to pull away from.

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