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All Star Comedy Tour


Major Moves Comedy is back to continue where it left off with fresh and innovative concepts of the annual tour event.

Media Liaison Officer for Major Moves Comedy Norman Proctor said, “having produced Heavyweights Comedy Jam Show featuring Deep Fried Man, Pelepele and Sifiso, Mashabela’s DVD Launch, the All Star Comedy Jam featuring Thapelo 'Tips' Seemise, and Winner’s circle with Sifiso Nene alongside top local comic acts in Gaborone, it was only natural to show growth through taking the events around the country. We will also be introducing more talented and upcoming local comics at these shows."

The All Star Comedy Tour is bringing non-stop laughter to towns around the country with Botswana’s most funny and acclaimed stand-up top comedians while introducing upcoming comics.

The All Star Comedy Tour will be an 7-town comedy series, which are set to build capacity while elevating standup comedy to mainstream level in the country’s entertainment sector. The tour kicks off in Gaborone on 31st October at Cresta President Hotel where Mawee will also be shooting his 1 Man DVD. The tour will then move to Orapa where it will be the 1st time to host a local comics’ show on the 1st of November and part of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

It will then proceed to Lobatse on 7th November where all the proceeds will donated to charity, followed by Selibe Phikwe on 8th November at Cresta Bosele Hotel and Mahalapye at Ozone on Sunday the 9th of November. The Grand Finale will be held in Kasane and Maun on the 28th and 29th of November respectively.

The tour will feature workshops for upcoming comedians who are interested in sharpening their comedic skills and event organizing repertoire. The main target for the workshops is to have at least 3 female comedians per workshop. This will help to build a pool of female comics around the country.

According to event organizer Gaolathe Kediemetse of Major Moves Comedy, “There is still a huge gap left for female comics to fill in Botswana, and we hope by conducting such workshops we will encourage more talented female comedians to come up and hone their skills. We are always ready to help and develop talent, and also give a platform to all upcoming comedians so we build a vibrant industry. We will also recommend them for performance at international shows.”

The upcoming tour will feature performances from top local comics and participants in the annual President’s Day competitions. The first show features 2014 President’s Day Comedy Champion Oefile ‘Mawee’ Mokgware who will also be shooting his 1 Man DVD, Phenyo ‘The Master’ Phaladi, Augustus ‘Legusty’ Mokgadi, Paphani ‘Paps’ Masalila, Kelly ‘Rekunde’ Mophaleng and South African guests Themba ‘Jazzbuda’ Nhlapo and Kagiso ‘Crazy Kay’ Sedumedi. There will different headliners for the upcoming shows such as Modiri ‘Mod’ Keseabetswe, Bafana ‘Ribcracker’ Letsatsi, and Odirile Brooks.

Other comics that will be featured include 2013 President Day Competition Winner Kabo ‘Order’ Keitheng, Amantle ‘1st Lady’ Mmonadibe, Elijah ‘Ouza’ Gaoakanyediwe, Desire Itani, Sendimbah ‘Stokie’ Shitah and Moshi.

Major Moves Comedy will also be taking local comedians to perform in the prestigious SA stages. The 2 comedians who will be featured on the 4th of November at Rhapsody’s in Pretoria are Brooks from Tshabong and Ouza from Maun.

The 2 will be making their maiden appearance outside the country and they are determined to leave a mark and a lasting impression. This year Mawee has been featured in a sold out show in Kempton Park, Johannesburg while last year comedians were taken to perform at the Mafikeng Comedy Jam and Morula Sun in Pretoria.

“We have had tremendous support for our past shows in Gaborone and around the country from both the public and the media alike. We promise top notch entertainment with this productions as we have accessible venues to accommodate a lot of people and patrons must come in numbers to support us," says Norman Proctor.

“Our main aim really is to see standup comedy growing in Botswana and as part of entertainment and also change the comedy scene in our country," he added.

Tickets for the All Star Comedy Tour are available online at Webtickets and at respective venues priced from P150 single and P200 double. All the shows starts at 8pm except for the Mahalapye show which starts at 3pm.
 

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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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