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Single ladies fix their crowns!

It’s no secret that love is in the air around Valentine’s Day. Between the heart-shaped decorations, sentimental gifts that pop up everywhere, it can feel like an occasion that’s only meant for couples. But you don’t have to be in a relationship to enjoy that day.

In fact, experiencing it solo or with a group of your naughty girls may even be more of a reason to celebrate. Some single ladies cosy up on the couch with their favourite romance movies and let their Hollywood crush be their Valentine.

Some make sure there is no shortage of delicious cake and cookies for them to whip up for friends, families and of course for themselves, so they keep themselves busy with bake treats. Yes it’s all great and fun to sweat a little; some single ladies give themselves the Valentine’s gift of endorphins by spending some time exercising. Well, that is a story for another day, but these particular Gaborone single ladies had maximum fun on Valentine’s Day this past Friday.

The event was called ‘Naughty version of Women’s Conference’. And indeed, those ladies went crazy like that! It was implausible, hysterical and I loved the concept because it was actually new, not only in Gaborone but the entire country as well. You know, our entertainment industry has been revolving around one and the same thing, something which ends up being droning. At times, we need a diverse line of attack to showbiz, bring in to some degree something that will leave folks turning heads, or nattering about it everywhere.

But, I was also fascinated by the fact that the naughty girls incorporated some sort of empowerment in it. I know you probably asking yourself how a wayward person can vest someone, but the ladies invited professionals from different fields to share insights on how ladies can fix their crowns. Organised by Tina Gotlop and Aretha Manama, the naught girls affair was a first of its kind, and featured performances from female DJs and the guest speakers included the founder of Motswana Woman Moral Education specialist, Rachel Matshaba, Ariel

Image Consultancy founder Kate Leboile as well as founder of Nalie Brands Nalie Kolobe.Upon arrival at the venue, Campus Exclusive at Molapo Crossing Mall, we were treated to a VIP lounge, assigned a young man to be our waiter for the night. He served cold beverages and the entire event; he was up, left, right and centre doing what he is getting paid for. It wasn’t so long and the place was filled up with some of Gaborone’s mischievous girls…single ladies so they say.

DJ Iman was there behind her decks doing some little magic with slow jams as ladies and few gents find their way into the venue. It was literally my first time to attend an event of such a calibre and nature, so my eyes were all over. I could see girls moving around on heels, and I mean inches! And oh, the theme of the event was ‘sexy and lace’Oh wow, what would you wear for a thing like that? Girls came prepared with their laces, faces polished way much better than beauty queens! I spotted few of those naughty girls on lingerie’s, and as I was still looking in shock, they stroked postures I have never seen before, not even on model photo-shoots.

The thing is, I never knew someone can be just so free and bold about wearing lingerie in public, but at least they had blouses just so they don’t expose their private assets. I wanted to see how all of this will unfold, so I stayed for a while.It was fun, the DJ Iman knew what stuff to play for single ladies and beverages came rolling like that, and exhausting the bill was never on the agenda anyway. But before I got carried away, and before the party levelled up, I had a chat with the organisers, to comprehend what really this naughty version of women’s conference is all about. ‘’We are a group of young women with a sole mandate to empower other young women. It’s every day that women get to experience so form of violence, shame or rejection and some do not know where to ask for help.

As much as that is heart breaking, we saw it fit to bring girls and ladies together under one roof, call experts, have informal fun interactions and see how best we can fix each other’s crowns and equip them with knowledge and power to take charge of their lives, as well as building some sort of sisterhood.’’ Tina Gotlop said in an interview with Weekend Life.The organisers joint forces with young enthusiastic female powerhouses, some which are DJs, image consultants, sexologists, motivational speakers, cyber-bullying survivors, gender-based violence activists, models as well as women in the entertainment industry. It was a whole girl’s squad. They say girls run the world, and indeed, they do!

‘’We also believe that real queens fix each other’s crown and it’s something worth reminding yourself on a regular basis. We live in a very competitive world but the simple truth is, women are more powerful when they work together. So instead of rivalry, we should be embracing collaboration, instead of trying to prove our power by standing alone, we should work as a team.’’Gotlop stressed that women’s networking groups are vital because they are safe places where they can discuss topical issues, challenges, ideas, even fears with other women in similar positions. ‘’It’s also a place of learning. New business women can learn so much from other, high profile women.

So this was not only to wine and dine, but a collaborative approach that helps create confidence, support, validations, empowerment, even accountability.‘’It’s easy to doubt ourselves sometimes, or equally, to set impossibly high standards. Talking to other women who are experiencing those same feelings can really help. When others believe in you, it’s much easier to believe in yourself. Networking isn’t just a way of finding useful contacts. These groups are a source of inspiration, motivation ideas and solutions. They are there to foster relationships that are mutually beneficial. And the more energy you put in, the more you get out. Let’s face it; men have been doing it for years’’, she highlighted

There was also appearances by June Seisa of Lakenet as well as Miss Tourism International Botswana 2019 Abigai Jansen. I must applaud these girls for coming up with a different approach to Valentine. They did not only create a conducive space for single ladies on Valentine, they shared crucial insights on how best ladies can grow themselves. It’s really impressive…and hopes other girls who did not attend start fixing their crowns too!  

 

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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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DENIM RICHARDS American actor takes local productions to the world

23rd January 2023

American renowned actor, Denim Richards has been in Botswana for quite a while now with one clear mission: the revamp the film and entertainment industry.

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Botswana misses out on Miss Universe again

9th January 2023

The 71st Miss Universe competition will be going down at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans next week in the United States. There are eighty four entrants at this year’s Miss Universe, and Botswana will once again not be a part of the pageant.

The Miss Universe will be hosted by Jeannie Mai and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, who last served as host during Miss Universe 2020, while Mai last served as backstage correspondent during Miss Universe 2014. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Zuri Hall will serve as backstage correspondents. This will mark the first time in a 70-year history to have an all-female presenting panel.

Botswana last participated at the Miss Universe in 2013, in which the Miss Universe Botswana pageant was won by Tsoane Macheng. Ever since then, Botswana never made its return to the biggest beauty pageant in the world, despite its consistent ability to send a representative to participate at the Miss World competition.

Miss Universe Botswana Director, Safie Sekgwa, allegedly holds the Miss Universe license. Efforts to reach him proved futile, as his mobile phone rung unanswered.

Despite Botswana showing zero efforts in participating at the Miss Universe, the beauty pageants 2019 crown was flanked by two smaller diamonds cut from the same stoned mined in Botswana.

Jewelry designer Mouawad created a new “Power of Unity” crown reportedly worth 5 Million US Dollars, and the title was won by South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi. She was the third South African to be crowned Miss Universe.

BOTSWANA’S POOR RECORD AT MISS UNIVERSE

Botswana is said to be one African country with the most beautiful women, but, the poor performance at the Miss Universe, communicates otherwise. Perhaps, representatives at the pageant are not academically gifted, as the Miss Universe tests how keen they are also.

Mpule Kwelagobe made history when she was crowned Miss Universe 1999. That was few months after she was crowed the first ever Miss Universe Botswana. Kwelagobe became the third woman from Africa who was crowned Miss Universe.

In 2000, Miss Universe Botswana then, Joyce Molemoeng did not place at Miss Universe, and the same blue reality struck again in 2001, when Mataila Sikwane also failed drastically.

After a two year hiatus, Miss Universe 2004, Icho Keolotswe also failed to place at Miss Universe. That was the end of participation at Miss Universe, only to return in 2010. Tirelo Ramasedi, Miss Universe 2010 also did not win. The same losing trend followed from 2011 (Larona Kgabo), 2012 (Sheillah Molelekwa) and 2013 (Tsaone Macheng).

MISS UNIVERSE 2022 UNDERWAY

Preparations are ongoing to hold the 71st Miss Universe competition. Harnaaz Sandhu of India will crown her successor at the end of the event. There are nine countries which have withdrawn from participating: Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Morocco, Romania and Sweden.

As for returns, Miss Universe 2022 will see Angola, Belize, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago as well as Uruguay.

Lebanon won Miss Universe in 1971, Angola in 2011, Trinidad and Tobago in 1977 and1998. Youngest Miss Universe 2022 participants are aged 18, and they are from British Virgin Islands, Iceland and Krgyzstan and Switzerland’s representative is nineteen.

MISS UNIVERSE ALMOST 6 MILLION US DOLLAR CROWN

Miss Universe has unveiled its new crown for the 71st competition. The new crown, “The Crown Number 12: Force for Good” was crafted by world renowned luxury jeweler Mouawad.

The new crown, with pear-shaped blue sapphires surrounded by diamonds and valued at approximately 5.58 Million US Dollars, will be the prestigious mark of honor for the winner this coming week.

According to the Miss Universe organization, the Force for Good crown emanates Mouawad’s passion for crafting the extraordinary, featuring the meticulous setting of sapphires and diamonds, whose design is replete with symbolism.

Reflecting the point that significant change does not happen in an instant, the base of the crown is set with diamonds symbolizing the status quo. From the base upwards, rippling wave motifs reflect the momentum of change, with their varying sizes portraying that this momentum gains ground gradually through advocacy at different moments and places, to audiences large and small, over time.

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