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ORATILE KEFITLHILE on hosting seamless business style events!

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.

 

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AFRIMMA nominates Vee Mampeezy

22nd September 2020
Vee-Mampeezy

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

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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Scott brands daring spring summer fashion

22nd September 2020
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Known for her stellar designs, and showing her sartorial prowess on renowned stages internationally, Delayna Scott has introduced an astonishing summer and spring wear together with an exquisite swim wear line for women.

Her sizzling collection comes at a time when people are embracing spring, as well as welcoming summer in style especially after coming out of back to back lockdowns.

After putting together a range of collections for both swim wear and spring wear, Scott employed former beauty queens to showcase her work on her social media pages.

“I had my selection process for the models for the swimsuit shoot collection. I wanted to engage beauty queens only so I used Judith Kgwadi -Miss Teen Universe Botswana 2013 and 2nd Princess Miss Teen Universe, held in Nicaragua South America. I also engaged Peelo Mookodi, Miss Africa Botswana 2015 and Michelle Gaokgethelwe, Miss FNB 2016/2017 and Miss Consumer Fair 2017/2018,” said Scott.

When quizzed about the size range, she highlighted that she caters for just about any size. Scott always wanted to leave an in print of a swimsuit collection which she finally put together and impressed by it. The collections will all be pre ordered only

“Well summer is upon us. So I figured why not cater for the heat that’s to come but besides that I’ve always wanted to do a swimsuit collection with my brand on the fabric. When I create collections for shows I always design one or two swimsuits to open the show but this time I figured I should just create a collection of swimsuits with bucket hats and head scarfs to match,” she said.

Adding to her swim suit collection is a dose of spring summer collections for a switch of seasons to add to your wardrobe collection.

“My spring summer collection is very special to me. It’s very Caribbean particularly the colour selection. It’s more of an easy, comfort collection all of the pieces can be worn day and night. For this collection I engaged two stylist Loago Bogopa and Tshire Bagwasi and we sourced accessories from Kefilwe Sianga of the fashion hook up and also Topznthangz,” she said.

“I was going for editorial looks so I did makeup by Chedza. She did the minimal makeup with a pop of colour on the eyes and Art by Shalom did the magic on photography with the stunning ladies super model Thanolo Keutlwile and Digital Content Creator Fifi Mathambo. Amazingly the feedback so far is great and quite overwhelming I must say.”

Trending this season

“Slip dresses, maxi dresses, prints and definitely bright colours basically everything in my collection is currently trending. A slip dress, accessorized well can definitely make a statement,” said Scott.

About Delayna Scott

Delayna Scott over the years has participated in several shows including, the inaugural Botswana fashion week 2011 (overall winner), Colour in the desert 2012, Masa fashion show 2017/2018 /2019. International shows she showcased at Malawi fashion week 2017, New York fashion week 2018 and Cannes film festival in France 2019.

Delayna Scott gowns have been showcased on world stage at Fiji, Russia, Indonesia, Nicaragua) by Botswana contestants at Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss Teen Universe and Miss World supermodel some contestants holding titles of winners , runners up and best evening gowns .

Scott was the designer of choice to dress lead actress Sylvia Pouget, of the movie Noni Le Fruit at the 2019 Cannes film festival red carpet. The same year also saw her as a designer of choice for French actress Eloise Valli’s red carpet appearance at the Cannes film festival.

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