It is evident that East Africa has warmed up to Botswana’s talented muso, and ladies’ hunk, DJ Oneal.
The former RB2 radio personality who represented the country in Big Brother Africa Season 8 themed The Chase continues to enjoy his links with East Africa, from romance to performances.
Oneal jetted to Nairobi on Wednesday last week and flew out the next day to Tanzania where he was scheduled to launch the prestigious next Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at a posh venue called The Terrace which is very popular with residents of Dar es Salaam. It is the only place of its kind on that part of the world.
It is almost common practice for people to pronounce one’s demise, especially in the entertainment and media industry but it seems like this Botswana born DJ is unfazed by the nay-Sayers.
Oneal had an interview on Kenyan radio, Choice FM with socialites Abby and Jimmy on Friday. The seemingly lively Abby who could clearly not contain her excitement spoke highly of how Oneal continues to stand head and shoulders above the rest of his former BBA housemates as his stardom doesn't seem to fade.
Oneal agreed with the host, “I refuse to reduce my value to a reality show. If I allow myself to crumble and give into expectation then I am sending a wrong message about myself. I will basically be saying to Africa, I am only valuable through BBA which is far from the truth, I believe your value should permeate as a standalone, not only when you are involved with BBA or as long as it is showing,” said the DJ.
Onizee as he is affectionately known by his legion of followers due to his intimate relationship with Kenyan, Feza which started in the Big Brother House was scheduled to launch and perform at the glitzy Samsung Galaxy Note 4 event held at The Terrace (Slipway) on Friday.
Speculations are rife that the new technology giant brand might even be eyeing the South African based DJ for brand ambassadorship. While in Dar es Salaam, Oneal was also spotted at a Hennessy Artistry event before later on deejaying at Elements to a screaming audience that yearned for more from the brother into the wee hours of the morning.
He is expected to arrive back in Nairobi this week for a series of more media engagement and more events. Dubai, the most populous city and Emirate in the United Arab Emirates, and the second largest emirate by territorial size after the capital, Abu Dhabi will be his next stop from touring East Africa.
DJ Oneal has promised that he will be back home this festive due to popular demand and the plan is to invade all corners of the country. Having relocated to South Africa, he has managed to better craft his skills for the betterment of his career.
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
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.
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.