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Inside DRAMABOI’S dramatic life…

Motswako lyricist and probably the best in this game Dramaboi, is quite a great music writer and by the look of things, he writes from the bottom of his heart, what he goes through and what he feels at that particular time.

Just like any other artist, pouring feelings in a song is such an inordinate thing to do, because you let go, but sometimes these guys leave us conjecturing what is what and how that became possible, so in essence, they not doing us any justice.

As an artist, spontaneously you a household name and you have thousands of cohorts, haters and those you inspire who would like to know what goes on in your life, and that is why this story is necessary right now, to get to comprehend Dramaboi’s glum life.Thuto Ramphaleng, a Motswako star who is famously known as Dramaboi has been trying so hard to converse how dejected his life is on social media.

At first, one will think he is high, stoned or something, but get me right, I’m not saying Dramaboi is into drugs neither I’m I saying he takes in too much of adult beverages. What I’m saying is, the content posted there raised eyebrows, at least mine, and I was stirred to gibe down into more fine details.But before that, Dramaboi posted recently on his Facebook page how tangy his relationship with his own blood family is. It was such a shudder for he is a superstar, no one would expect a megastar to be canned the way his family treats him, if at all he was being genuine.

I felt his agony though, because you could see from the post that he was blue and heart broken, poor boy! ‘’I have an older sister who will never call on her little brother to ask if he is Okay. My mother spent the entire year without texting or calling. My blood brother would rather see me dead or in prison that to see me win. It’s impossible for my father to call me and ask how I am doing. This whole money, power and fame thing will mess you up man. Sometimes I just can’t wait till I am dead next to my grandmother. She is the only one who used to call me to check if I’m doing fine and this is so true.

Something is broken inside me. People love you when you are no longer alive and that s**t is the strangest’’There we go. It’s actually spot-on, Dramaboi is not happy. His family has dissociated itself from him, his much-loved soul passed on, prominence and supremacy have messed him up and it’s all a catastrophe. With over three thousand reactions, some way too hilarious, fans had mixed feelings about this status. ‘’Is this a new released song? So sad and emotional”. Bontle Modise passed a silly joke.

‘’Strangest? No! The strangest thing is when you disrespected and went over someone’s parents like you did last time” says Thapelo Baitshepi. One comment said ‘’The whole family cannot turn against you, please find a way to solve this issue, go for counselling all of you guys or church. Your mother brought you to this world; we all need mother figure so you won’t sabotage that opportunity while you are both alive. Facebook will mislead you and say you can live without your family, life is all about compromising even where you see that you are not wrong’’ and this was Shay Spunki’s comment.

One comment that caught my attention was ‘’If your whole family isn’t talking to you, maybe you must take a closer look at yourself. I’m just saying you should consider calling them for reconciliation rather than wait for them. You need your family’’ said Dare to Ottis. Another one said ‘’When you started this music thing you could come to my house and spend the whole day making music and I was your older brother, times have changed but my door is still open. I am always ready to welcome you’’ and this was from Lebogang Mpelega. ‘’At times you are the problem, but you don’t realise it’’.

From these comments, you could realise that Dramaboi has a lot to do, or in fact, he might be the one complicating his own life. Is he doing right or wrong? That is one question on the list of questions sent to his manager a week ago.As he already said, Dramaboi’s pillar was his grandmother, and it’s evident he left the boy depressed and low. On Christmas Day last year, he said ‘’Grandmother, I bought you five roses tea and long life milk; I wish you had a long life. I felt slept with tears in my eyes’’ *translated*. In his song, Sala Le Nna, the rapper was actually paying tribute to his late grandmother, saying the departed woman nurtured him into an adult he is today, even in difficult times. He featured her younger sister, Katlego, who has been doing well in the music circles too.

The boy also shared what left me asking if he is emotionally okay…’’I wonder why fame and fortune leave you traumatized’’. And he went on to say ‘’It’s cold inside me. My heart froze, but my rhymes are still fire’’. The question now is, is Dramaboi being serious here or he is just too playful. I doubt he is jesting, but something needs to be done. We won’t turn a blind eye to these kinds of posts, more especially if you a public figure.

Questions sent to his manager were not retorted to the time of going to print.


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200,000 Members of International Church Hold Virtual Prayer Service for Covid-19

22nd September 2020

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

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

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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