Organising a successful event or conference is really a big effort. Many corporate events or conferences cost beyond half a million to run, and all the time, money and sheer hard work mean that a lot is at stake.
It’s also really critical that the event run smoothly. Today, we see a lot of emcees emerging from one event after another. We get to see them either male or female, or sometimes, a combination of both sexes interacting with the audiences.
The male emcee would sometimes do it all alone, or the female emcee can independently handle the crowd. At times, both of them can make a good tandem up on stage to manage and facilitate the program. Women are known to be the creative ones, in almost every aspect of life. She releases her creative juices out to have a product that is unique and very likeable. She can think greater than the usual and let her imagination work to make something new out of the usual.
Oratile Kefitlhile has earned her name as the best corporate emcee of all times. Whether you are presenting a panel of speakers or a point-counterpoint duo, she can definitely help your session run smoothly. She is a radio and TV personality and a hard-hitting journalist who can bring great name draw to your event and ensure that the discussion stays on track. This young woman will bring the polish that you have been looking for to your next business event.
Kefitlhile is an accomplished media personality who has wowed thousands of corporate people with her emceeing skills and winning personality. Besides being effectively bilingual, she also has a wide repertoire of funny skills in mind all the time, for your special business gathering. Being able to interact with the audience has made Kefitlhile the best emcee of choice at several events, most which are corporate and formal.
Sharing her life story as a versatile media personality, Kefitlhile told Weekend Life that ‘’I am a 29-year-old woman proudly from Gabane, from a family of five. I was raised by two traditional parents who were both civil servants. And my purpose in life is to illustrate to other fledgling folks that it is possible, it’s doable. I don’t want to stand and say I have attained it because I’m still trying to navigate across and figure out what it is that I do. I am a heterogeneous, I believe in person being multi-versatile. Getting your hands do what they can do is actually what I am trying to cement to that little boy or girl, and I even inspire them to volunteer because that’s where I initially started.’’
Born from a family of teachers, growing up she always wanted to be a teacher. ‘’I still believe I am a teacher because what I do now is teaching, and the difference is I’m not in a classroom. As strict as they were, I actually learnt the value of accommodating and loving people. I have loved being operational with people from a young age and that is one value that I hold onto even today. That is why I chose to gamble into journalism, subsequently becoming a corporate emcee.’’
Corporate emceeing, she said needs someone who has a good questioning mind, with relevant questions. An event planner is asked lot of questions about the venue, audience, speakers and purpose as well as running order. ‘’You need to know few elements before going on stage. Even as the event is unfolding, you continue to enquire. Is the guest speaker ready? Should we bring the launch forward because of the tight schedule? If you ask such questions, you unlikely to be ambushed by unexpected occurrences’’, she said
Being unflappable can also be an advantage. A corporate emcee works under pressure sometimes, but they still need to deliver either way. This has been a challenge for lot of emcees, but Kefitlhile underlined that ‘’ sometimes things go wrong. The microphone stops working or the guest of honour fails to turn up. When unexpected situations like that occur, as a corporate MC, you handle them with quit confidence and find solutions to maintain the flow and energy of the event.
She further stressed that one should have a backup plan in case Plan A fails. It is great to be unflappable in the face of crisis, but one need to have thought through their next line of action so they can deal with the problem, she said. ‘’As a master of ceremonies, sharing a humorous story to liven up a ‘dead’ moment in the program or having your notes in hard and soft copies, just in case, are two examples of how to plan for problems.’’
Kefitlhile noted that she has always been creative. ‘’I think on my feet and I use what is available to get desired results. This means focusing on outcomes and using unconventional methods to achieve them. Like convincing wedding guests at a garden reception to use their car headlights to illuminate a dark venue when the power fails and there is no backup generator. Not an easy sell but definitely workable. If you can come up with solutions like this, you are on track.’’
With her accessible humour and free flowing style, Kefitlhile’s success as a versatile media personality has quickly broadened into a range of performance credits on TV, radio and stage. She showed another side by contesting for Miss Botswana 2015, and for two years consecutively, hosting the prominent beauty pageant. Experienced news reporter with a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry, she has worked for all commercial radio stations in the country without applying for any of the posts.
She is skilled in editing, journalism, media and public relations, radio and television. Also, Kefitlhile has been devoting her time to speaking engagements focused on motivating students, issues around media and gender parity as well as turning passion into a profitable enterprise. She does not only have a thing for radio, journalism and emceeing. For so many years, she has been a face of many companies as a brand influencer, for both corporate and private organisations. ‘’At one point, I was the face of Masa Square Hotel Fashion Show, The Make Over Place Hair Salon and Spa, Sedi Skin care as well as content producer for Local Corner.’’
Well, in a minute Kefitlhile was able to reveal to Weekend Life some of her fun facts, I mean I wouldn’t let her go without sharing some of what people don’t know about her. If she wasn’t in the media, she would probably be a teacher more so that she comes from a family of teacher. The first thing she does when she wakes up every day is drinking tea. And this one is obvious…this woman is a tea addict! Her first kiss…was nerve wrecking and exciting at the same time. She says her boyfriend has to be God fearing before anything else. ‘’He should be ambitious and smart. I love a man who is challenging and someone I can learn few things from, not only one plus one.
That one is not even up for debate.’’ She has a lucky guy…and a baby girl called… (Name known to this publication). And one last thing…Kefitlhile loves traditional cuisine and bogobe jwa lerotse, morogo wa dinawa and seswaa top the list.
Women love style, looking dolled up, looking graceful and elegant but it begs the question; is your personal image representing the true you?
It is important to wear the right outfit, colours, styles and attitude to achieve your best look and to be taken serious. In addition, it is essential to wear the right mind-set about your self-image because the way you see yourself will have a mirror effect on how others see you.
Mosadi is an image consultancy geared towards uplifting women socially by means of image consulting. It empowers women to look great, feel their best and increase self-confidence.
Image consulting is a professional field that aims to improve the image of a client personally or professionally through appearance, behaviour, and communication.
With proper grooming, wardrobe, accessories and body language, Mosadi will project your best image and unique personal style to create greater opportunities and improved relationships.
It will also assist you communicate your personal or professional goals successfully to project greater confidence in all situations. In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife, Lemogang Sesupo, co-owner of Mosadi (currently employed as a teacher) said this is a business she started with her blood sister Boemo Sesupo (a records officer).
“I can confidently reveal that running this business has its ups and downs, but what better way to have those struggles than with family. She is more into the clothing line and I am more into the consultancy but together we make it work. The two departments give into each other which makes it easy for us to make it work,’’ said Sesupo.
She says passion, purpose and hobby is what makes the business flow with ease.“Looking good, feeling good and doing good makes the dream work. Mosadi wants to change the idea people have about women in the corporate world.
We are trying to break boundaries from people saying women sleep their way to the top or being trophy wives. This concept is all about redefining the woman.”
The duo believe that Mosadi can do it all by herself from her sweat and hard work without being dependent on men. This, they say, could be made possible if they look good and dwell much on improving their appearance.
“Many people perceive local employees as poor service providers by the way they look, so we believe it’s time that stops today. A woman should look womanly and be comfortable in her look. Looking decent has that effect where the way you walk with your head held high and the productivity level goes up,” says Sesupo.
Sesupo told WeekendLife that they provide make-over services, image consultancy, styling, and corporate clothing and MC services. Technically, Mosadi came at an appropriate time when the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, something that gave birth to the shattering Gender-Based Violence.
In Botswana, the numbers are taking a growing curve.It is only vital these women have their voices heard in fighting this crisis. This will not only help government, but will look good for their image especially now that they work with women at most times. Women do look pretty and elegant, but they carry much snags and worries, and only a shoulder to cry on can do marvels.
“Character is key. Mosadi wants to build character for women. A woman with character will know her worth, tap into her intuition and differentiate between what is right and wrong. With GBV, Mosadi is trying to let women to know their worth. We strive to educate them to make decisions for themselves and to be independent.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way the world moves, actually, it has it at a standstill.
The impacts of this deadly virus are massive, and the only way to curb it from spreading is through social distancing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The pandemic had gym rooms closed to avoid crowding by fitness enthusiasts. However, some have come up with alternative ways of keeping fitness rolling even in the midst of this plague.
Prominent fitness trainer and certified sports psychologist, Chyna Mokaila couldn’t be at a standstill from working out with clients, even in the middle of a deadly virus. He has since started an online training program dubbed CMFit Virtual fitness.
The program begun during the first lockdown implemented in March 2020, but because there was no revenue coming in, the young lad had to go back to the drawing board and come up with something tangible to earn him monies.
He told Weekendlife in an exclusive interview this week that; “I had to make a sustainable solid plan that would see me doing what I do best and continue my work with or without lockdown and COVID-19. This made me tap into other markets and countries throughout the world. Currently, I have clients as far as the US, Canada, Austria, Italy, and neighbouring South Africa and Zambia.”
Chyna says the online fitness training has proven to be less risky in exposing oneself to the virus, as they get to training at the comfort of their homes with less contact.
“COVID-19 has brought a lot of sadness, depression and unhealthy habits because of being restricted to lockdowns. It goes without saying that staying fit helps individuals with depression and offers a feel good atmosphere.
Health should be our number one priority at this current moment, and the only way it can be done is virtually. People have learnt to embrace technology so we might as well divert our services to such platforms.”
Virtual fitness is cost effective, according to Chyna. “Although you get the same feel and package which comprises of consultation, nutritional guidelines, assessments and the actual training program the only difference is that the trainer is not there physically with you but virtually.”
Nutrition plays a very critical role in blocking viruses that could alter how the body system works. The right amounts of nutrients reduce risks of non-communicable diseases, increases energy levels to perform better and fight infections. Scientists say COVID-19 critically affects those with underlying health conditions.
Chyna told Weekendlife that he envisions reaching out to the world market, indicating that he will be having his training programs online as he has seen an opportunity in the digital space.
“This will start with repackaging my brand so that it is at par with the best in the world, hence why I have moved from Chyna’s kata-Bo to CMFit which provides more detailed programs anyone can do on their own- following my virtual programs.”
In his rigorous efforts to help people realize the significance of an active and healthy lifestyle, Chyna has collaborated with the BTV Morning Fitness Show and Yarona FM’s Fatboy Challenge which saw him landing another health segment with the radio station.
The fitness enthusiast has also worked with the senior men’s and women’s national football team, as well as the karate team as the conditioning coach. Internationally, Chyna has collaborated with Essence Events from the United States.
His core duty was to travel Africa promoting active lifestyle and health.Chyna is currently a conditioning coach for Township Rollers, an engagement that sees him guide and work with the team, keeping them at pick in terms of their fitness levels.
This enables them to cope with the demands of the game without fail throughout the season.
The country’s biggest beauty pageant, Miss Botswana, has eroded over the years. Beside the fact that crowned Queens dismally fail at Miss World year-in-year-out, the pageantry itself has been losing its shine in terms of organization, implementation and just throwing a glamourous event like it used to do before producing little to no tangible results.
Of course it started in 2018 when Miss Botswana was just disorganized and boring. The event was held at Masa Square Hotel, when only three participants battled it out for the blue crown.
Moitshepi Elias was crowned the princess that Friday night. That was technically the last time we saw her smile because, even if she did at Miss World, her smile wasn’t convincing enough.
The judges felt she was not good enough, as she was not even close to Top 40. In the history of the pageant, Miss Botswana 2010; Emma Wareus and Miss Botswana 1997; Mpule Kwelagobe are the only queens to be remembered as those who made a great impact as they reached top positions at Miss World and Miss Universe. Wareus was crowned the first runner up, while Kwelagobe snatched the title to become Miss Universe 1999.
Miss Botswana 2020 could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic, something that left beauty pageant analysts stunned. Some feel this is a huge setback for the organizers, Development Advance Institute (DAI). This organization took over in 2018 and came with a plan for Miss Botswana, in which they strive to give the pageant a facelift.
Prominent beauty pageant analyst, Morekolodi Smith, told Weekendlife that a gap year delayed the implementation of the plan. “DAI aimed at revamping the organization, bidding to host Miss World and it will be tough to reach those aspirations due to this year gap. It still has to work on the reputation of Miss Botswana which has been deteriorating for years.
DAI promised a new era for Miss Botswana, I had expectations that they will crown a well-rounded girl who can bring glory to this country. With everything on hold and zero communication on what to expect, I see failure. The silence and inactivity is almost eerie. I wouldn’t be surprised if DAI drops Miss Botswana and another organization takes over.”
Smith says part of Miss Botswana could be held virtually, to avoid the stillness and dropping in rankings. “Auditions, short-listings and preliminary interviews could be held virtually but not the actual final show. There is no need for the final show to be held virtually because traditionally Miss Botswana is never contested by more than 50 girls. The number is always narrowed to 12 and 16.”
He explained that the selection committee could go through all applications and select the Top 15, adding that the 15 would then be profiled in-depth followed by official photoshoots and glam shots. “They could then take part in multimedia campaigns and host webinars.
Pre-recording the swimsuit and evening gown preliminary competition as well as featuring contestant video profiling could add magic. This is the time to maximize on video content.”Smith says there could be talent segment where contestants showcase their talent to entertain, and it could be recorded and each contestant’s video can be uploaded on social media for online audience and the public gets to vote for their favourite, and the winner gets to perform during the final show.
“Then the final show can be streamed live on social media platforms. Miss Botswana could have all Top 15 contestants do an opening number, followed by self-introductions then their short video profiles played. It can feature live onstage swimsuit and evening gown competition.”
After the swimsuit and evening gown competition, Smith said the question and answer session could be held, leading to crowing of the next Miss Botswana. He however, said Miss Botswana’s performance is fuelled by many challenges that persisted for quite a stretch now.
“One major challenge is that the Miss Botswana pageant is held very late. Our queens have limited time to prepare. This leads to half cooked Beauty with a Purpose project. No one excels at Miss World without an impactful Beauty with a Purpose project.”
He suggested that Miss Botswana could be held at least eight months before Miss World festival so that the winner can work on her project, a project that needs to be documented and packaged well. “I realized that queens here don’t have physical input on their projects. They always look glamorous and do not actually do the work. They are always on VIP mode and only come to cut the ribbon.
It is time that stops today. Tiara should be put aside and sleeves should be rolled. Preparation and packaging is key.”“It is essential to have Miss Botswana every year so that she can reach out to communities and add value to those in need.
Being Miss Botswana is more like an ambassador, the winner gets to represent Botswana internationally, precisely at Miss World. I think Botswana requires that global positioning space, as this works well with country branding because Miss World is a premium event.”