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!
With Government tightening the noose around public areas through the State of Public Emergency tool, it is very unlikely that there could be celebrations this festive season.
Just this week Government, through the Government Gazette announced that hawkers will not be allowed to go inside parked buses to sell their goods; while at the same time buses will only be allowed to enter the bus rank to pick and drop.
This move is further instructive to the entertainment or creative industry that things are far from being let loose to allow for staging of festivals and gigs.
As the year comes to an end, artists normally anticipate increased rate of bookings inside and outside the country. This looks set not to be the case this year as the spread of COVID-19 remains a threat and Botswana is still under the State of Public Emergency.
As things stand large shows that attract multitudes are prohibited, as per the Emergency Regulations signed by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi. This is the period when events such as Born & Raised, Gaabo Motho and many more normally have their bread buttered.
When COVID-19 reached Botswana shores in February other big events such as The Hamptons, Gaborone International Music & Culture week (GIMC), African Attire on Fleek, Soul Fill Up with Franco and many more who were anticipating a great return were forced to cancel due to covid-19 restrictions.
Indications point to a Christmas and New Year that would be dominated by law enforcement officers patrolling the streets to ensure adherence to social distancing. Big music industry players like Vee Mampeezy can only hope that their industry will be opened – but this end does not appear in sight.
The popular musician recently spoke to this reporter and confirmed that he is running at a loss, “usually at this time of the year I am usually fully booked,” he said.“Obviously we are affected. We are only hoping that the government will open. We believe they will open.
This year, it is very rough, we are only getting bookings there and there by people who are doing events. I have lost too much money this season. A lot of it,” said Vee Mampeezy.As for Maxy, the songstress is not sure how things are coming up this festive season but she is positive that something is in the pipeline for her.
“I really don’t know; but as for me it’s been better for I have been getting a few corporate gigs there and there due to my corporate market clientele. As for what I’m planning, only time will tell depending on the COVID-19 rules and what is presented on the table for me because I don’t do nor organise my own gigs but I only take bookings from paying event organisers,” she said.
Amidst positive news on vaccine developments and successful trials, the coronavirus is surging in Europe with some countries announcing partial lockdowns to control the spread. On the 16th November 2020, through his formal missive noted that COVID-19 remains a concern in the country as infections continue rising. “As of 11th November 2020, Botswana had recorded 9103 cases.”
So far 30 people have died due to complications linked to COVID-19. Most of the deaths have been recorded in the Greater Gaborone area with the COVID-19 task team analysis depicting that Botswana records one death for every 250 positive cases detected.
Botswana currently has 837 active cases and 6801 recoveries.
BY:MAUNGO MASIAPETO Have you been drooling over stunning make up looks posted by models, artists and influencers on social media? Have you tried to copy their looks, used the products advertised on their post, but your make up isn’t the same as theirs?
Here is the thing, you can devote hours blending out your foundation, crafting a flawless eye shadow look and mastering the perfect dewy highlight but your makeup will only be as good as its base. What do I mean by that? Well, prepping your skin correctly can make a world of a difference when it comes to applying your makeup.
Follow these steps for a flawless skin prep routine:
Step1: Cleansing has so many benefits for the skin. Not only does regular cleansing help retain pore size, but it also aids to create supple-looking and healthy skin. If you have oily skin, perhaps try the double cleansing trend as this can prevent the production of excess oils. For the best makeup application, cleanse in the remove any toxins built up from the night.
Step 2: Exfoliate, alongside your morning cleanse, it is vital to also exfoliate your skin. Not only will this get rid of any dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, but it will clear the skin of any accumulating sweat, bacteria and dirt. Alongside providing the ultimate smooth base for makeup application, it will help to minimise your pores for flawless looking makeup.
Step 3: Toner is the intermediate step, but it is a step that should not be overlooked. It is a great addition to your skincare routine because it prevents ingrown hairs, refreshes the skin and shrinks pores. For maximum hydration to the skin, toner should be applied after cleansing and before moisturising. Hydrated skin will result in a smooth, plump complexion, and therefore better-looking makeup.
Step 4: Moisturize, Lightly massaging your skin with a moisturizer will hydrate your skin, improve blood circulation and brighten it instantly. Choose a moisturizer that works well for your skin type, anything that does not absorb well or isn’t too hydrating for your skin is of no use. Opt for oil-free moisturizers such as the Ponds Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturizer for oily skin. Dry skin should be moisturized with cream or oil-based moisturizers such as the Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturizer.
Step 5: lip prep If you have ever applied lipstick on dry, chapped lips, you have probably noticed your lipstick flaking off. To combat this, use a lip scrub to ensure the best lipstick results and to get rid of any dry skin. An added benefit to using a lip scrub is that it prevents any discolouration on your lips, so you look your best makeup- free too. Be sure to use a lip balm immediately after to keep your lips soft and supple
Step 6: Prime, It is rare that your skin will always look flawless. Naturally, we all occasionally get acne, enlarged pores and imperfections. However, a primer can really help to provide a good base for your makeup. Primers fill in the pores on the skin, smooth out blemishes and provide a natural glow to the skin. Not only do they help to prevent your makeup sliding off your face, but there is now a primer for almost every skin condition. For example, if you have uneven pigmentation in your skin, you can opt for a colour correcting primer whereas if you suffer mainly from enlarged pores, try a blurring prime.
Now that you’ve let your primer sink into the skin, you’re ready to proceed with foundation. If you would like a rundown of how to get the best make up tips let me know! Go checkout a few detailed classes on our social media pages
The country’s then popular eponymous talent search show My African Dream MAD is officially back. My African Dream is popularly known for scouting talent and cultivating it to be something of great worth in the entertainment sector. The show has produced today’s prominent artists such as the notorious ATI, DJ Guyvos as well as Amanandos amongst others.
That was before the dream shuttered because the talent show has been off BTV screens for years now. Reasons for this miserable reality are still not known even up to this day. Anyway, the new virtual edition of My African Dream was launched this week at the Riverwalk Mall Courtyard.
Riverwalk Mall is famously known for birthing My African Dream back in the days. The shopping complex used the idea as a way of promoting itself, as it was relatively new in the capital city, so this was a needed shot in the arm.
The revived My African Dream 2020 shall scour the country virtually. This is obviously because of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic that had shattered the entire world. The digital submissions will be made on the My African Dream website and sorted following which the public will be invited to vote for the Top 16 finalists.
According to the My African Dream team leader, Losika Seboni, the nationwide talent search show has had a great impact in the growth of the arts and entertainment sector in Botswana. He says this is a platform that gave many aspiring creatives and artists a chance to explore their talents, abilities and aspirations.
“My African Dream has been geared towards the cultivation of arts through music, dance and performance. Since 1996, My African Dream has given thousands of Batswana youth the platform to express themselves through the arts and has had success in the form of national icons such as ATI, Han C, Samantha Mogwe, Rosemary as well as Marang.
In order to dig up more young talent, Seboni indicated that they saw it critical to bring back to life the talent search, with the help of partners that subsidized finances and technical aspects of the show, that is anticipated to bring flair, fair adjudicating, lights and red carpet event.
A local communications operator Mascom boosted the talent show with P350 000, as a way of encouraging the growth of arts and entertainment sector in the country. I must say this is a creditable gesture coming from Mascom. The arts and entertainment sector has been gravely hit by the Corona-virus blight, and having corporates and private companies coming to the party to succor the sector, is really a remarkable participation.
The organizers told Weekendlife that they will be opening up for submissions this week. Because now the world is moving towards a digital space, interested parties have been urged to record their audition and submission on the MAD official Facebook page, or alternatively the website.
Clearly not a stranger to the spotlight, the bubbly Peelo Mookodi was announced as the host of My African Dream 2020. She was a firm fan favorite on Sabc 3’s Presenter Search and week after week her fan base just kept on growing. Whereas most people would shy away from the kind of scrutiny that comes with being any sort of host (Family functions included) she dazzles with a confidence that’s somewhere between God given and self-taught & mastered
Before she was on SABC, interviewing South Africa’s power socialites, personalities and trendsetters both on red carpet and live on TV such as David Tlale and Somizi, the young woman sharpened her teeth in the Botswana entertainment industry, hosting a lifestyle show on BTV.
Not only that, she was crowned the first ever Miss Africa Botswana and was set to represent Botswana at the continental Miss Africa pageant when an unfortunate clash of victories occurred. During her reign as Miss Africa BW she participated in another pageant and was crowned 1st Princess, which was apparently contrary to her agreement with the Miss Africa pageant organizers.