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Growing up a spoilt brat, Nicole sees herself being haunted by her dirty deeds. She is a murderer but willing to discover herself. Would she be able to? Firstly, she was involved in a horrific accident that she was blamed to have caused, and his rich father bailed her out and illegally paid the injured poor woman. Nicole walked free, with zero charges.

In a turn of events, she is sent to a boarding school in Maun, where hell broke loose. The devilish Nicole has no choice but to use a fake identity to fit in. In the past, Nicole was used by many people because of her rich background, and as she started discovering herself and making new real friends, her demons resurrected. She developed envy towards a girl who happens to like a guy she is in love with. Nicole loved English so much…but hated her English teacher so much it hurts, which was fine because she treated her like trash!

Her like takes a different toll when her English teacher is murdered and she becomes a number one suspect. The mystery lies in trying to figure out if indeed she really did it or someone else actually committed the murder.Based purely on imagination and having drawn an inspiration from the famous song ‘’Dirty Laundry’’, this novel is about self-discovery and self-growth. Nicole although using a fake name discovers how strong and great of a person she is.

She grows from being a spoilt brat to actually possessing emotions like sympathy towards her best friend she met in Maun Senior School, a place where immoral deeds take place almost every day.In an exclusive interview with Weekend Life, author and composer of Dirty Laundry Cynthia Thanda, who is also a University of Botswana student said ‘’Maun Senior Secondary School is full of dirty secrets that the people in it are trying to hide so along the process of Nicole’s character development, we learn about the clean clothes people wear to hide their dirty bodies that is, Nicole is not the only person who has dirty secrets in the school’’

She said in Chapter one, Nicole arrives at Maun Senior School, where most of her self-discovery will take place, having been the most devilish girl before, killing people and surviving the law. Just when she thought she is seeing light of the day, she is the first suspect following the death of her teacher she hated so much. She is dropped off by her father’s bodyguard, and because she is daddy’s baby, he always was by her side, clearing all the mess she created.

In her own words, Nicole said ‘’I have always been daddy’s little hidden girl until I killed her…So when my father sent me to Maun Senior I felt like my world had been turned upside down, I didn’t want to leave Gaborone for an agro town. Little did I know I will find friendship, love and be involved in another murder case.’’ Blue Smith has always been a bad girl and Nicole was supposed to fix that, but they will always be the same girl…

Thanda noted that growing up, she was a loner and the only time her voice screamed was with a pen, hence why she came up with this collection. I would spend time in my head so I used to just write on hardcovers and make my classmates read. They always loved my scripts, and at times I was made to read English compositions before class and that gave me more confidence in writing. I only started writing a whole novel while still listening this song as the entire story flocked my mind. I didn’t have any laptop to compile my story, so I started off using a hardcover’’ she said

Dirty laundry is actually her first book, but she is working towards her second collection dubbed ‘Smooth Criminal.’’ Quizzed on how people welcomed her book, she indicated that ‘’It is much loved. For me who am a beginner I didn’t expect that much appreciation and it’s the most beautiful thing ever. At times I get emotional when reading the feedback I get from people, it’s really overwhelming.’’Being a writer, according to Thanda, is like a flesh to the skeleton. ‘’It is in the sense that writing gives us everything, the descriptions; emotions that characters have are much of everyday life. I personally feel writing made me understand other people much more.

Being a writer is dominance to me because you control the lives of the characters and through writing you experience a lot of characters that are so unlike you in real life. It is beautiful to live another person’s life once in a while’’ she saidShe further told Weekend Life that she sells her copies from the comfort of her place, most particularly at school, UB. However, some copies are available at Botswana Bookstore and she uses social media to promote her book. Just like any other entrepreneur, Thanda had some across challenges that almost made her quit. She had to develop a thick skin, just so she puts bread on the table.

‘’At first it was lack of support from my parents. To them lacking better information, it was a waste of time. They had a believe that writing was for someone who has now retired and has nothing to do. However, they did come around because they are now assisting me in selling this book, and for that, I must say I am impressed’’Financial constraints have always been an obstacle for many, but for this particular author, it wasn’t much of a challenge. ‘’My vision was to publish my book so I had started saving money from my student allowance way before I even completed it. Luckily, I had an aunt who helped get a publisher.

My parents also topped with some coin and as for printing, I took my entire allowance to print all the copies I have. I went broke but didn’t give up nonetheless.’’Dirty Laundry was introduced into the market last year in September, and it’s yet to be launched officially. Weekend Life is so much enthralled to see how young people are now able to pen something down and make readers glued to their chairs, eating from fictional content produced locally.

I mean, we support and buy local, and let’s just hope this particular author continues producing more. It’s well known that Weekend Life’s doors are always open for such brilliant minds like her, and some people don’t really see. Is it because Weekend Life washes away dirty laundry? I suppose so too…

 

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‘Mindset’ unlocks positive mindset

2nd February 2023
At the age of 17, Boniface Lewanika is ready to take over the world. He has shown commitment to being the next big thing to ever emerge from Botswana. Mindset MusiQ, as he is affectionately known, is a self-taught music producer. The story of how Mindset started music production can be traced back to end-to-end lockdowns, which jaded him to the core.

At least, for Mindset MusiQ, these lockdowns were a blessing in disguise. He got to unlock the hidden potential in him, or maybe, the creativity that he never knew about. Being locked down meant that Mindset MusiQ has plenty of time to waste, but he was quick to switch his mindset to coming up with something positive.

He saw it much better to waste time on the internet. Well, for lot of people, the internet was the only saving grace then. But for Mindset MusiQ, it was the beginning of a journey that he intends to walk for the rest of his life.

“I became a music producer because I love music. I then asked myself why I should not make music, that’s when in 2020 during lockdowns I started watching YouTube tutorials on how to make music. I didn’t have any knowledge on how to produce a song. YouTube introduced me to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) which is a software used for music production.”

The Letlhakane born then downloaded his first software which was Ableton Live, which was way too complex and distorted. “I felt it was too hard to learn and I switched to FI studio which was also complicated but fortunately, easy to use. Because I don’t have a good voice to sing, music production became too good to me and very flexible to embark on.”

Mindset MusiQ became part of the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) national roadshow, after being picked from the capacity building workshop. He was challenged to speak to the audience, fellow creatives (artists and music producers) and his presentation caught the eye of the adjudicator, DJ Fresh.

“I heard about the artist’s capacity building workshop from my mother, who saw it on Facebook. My father immediately reacted and dropped me off and even though I was late, the host then introduced me and the rest became history. As we speak, I am part of the Top 30, and we will be having the finale on the 11th of February in Gaborone.”

Being on the Top 30 for Mindset MusiQ is a dream come true. This is because he wasn’t even told that there will be a boot camp and grand prizes, and he has always wanted to advance his premature music career. He said this has shown that he is on the right track.

“Working with DJ Fresh is really cool. It’s not everyone who can be afforded that opportunity and the experience humbles me all the time. Already, I have rocked the Thando remix and I can’t wait to do more with his mentorship.”

Mindset MusiQ is currently in South Africa working on cooking more music with industry moguls. He was invited by producer Trey Bankz and some colleagues from Imperial City Music, a new record label in Johannesburg

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All The Star She Is lands on BTV

2nd February 2023
With zero existence of TV programs empowering women in Botswana, a new show that strives to make that news of the past has just started airing on the tedious BTV. At least, after so many years, All The Star She Is will inspire viewers to see a new change in terms of supporting women in Botswana.

Each incredible series celebrates women but not from all walks of life, but those who are turning heads in the entertainment industry. The show will cast a bright light on women who have conquered tremendous obstacles and weathered the storms.

In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife on Monday, Director of Cosign267 Koone Boikaego said the show reveals the paths that these phenomenal women took to be where they are in the entertainment and media industry.

Cosign267 is a 100% youth owned film and TV Production Company led by Boikaego. It has worked with a number of organization, executing various projects such as filming, shooting, editing and one-on-one couch interviews.

The youthful company recently wrapped up the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) three months’ national roadshow and boot camp. It was assigned with capturing all moments of the roadshow, alongside Thato DJ Fresh Sikwane.

“Celebrating women is one thing that is often overlooked. We put together this project to take followers into the lives of creative and incredible women. They are determined to break walls and pave way for the next generation of women. In this show, these women serve viewers with factual stories of how they started and what it takes to be at the forefront, the bittersweet experiences that took them that far. It’s really a show that many young girls can draw inspiration from.”

Breaking down the show plan, Boikaego said airs every Saturday on BTV at 6PM, hosted by One Rabantheng. Rabantheng, famously known as Divine Diva is a media and marketing consultant, legendary radio personality who worked for Duma FM, e-TV and RB2, where she was shown the door for speaking foul of the then President without being aware that the microphone is on.

There are thirteen stars to be featured on the new show, therefore, this means that there will be thirteen episodes. Some of the familiar faces featured on the TV show are: Mpho Sebina, Olorato Ledique, Oratile Kebakile, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Tumi Ramsden, Kelly Ramputswa, Tshepie Olds, Winx Motcher, Mmaphala, Loretta and Nicole Martinez among others.

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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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