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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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Botswana fades away from Miss Universe pageant

17th May 2021
MISS-UNIVERSE-2013-Tirelo

Botswana once had a story love affair with the world’s biggest premium beauty pageant, Miss Universe. This was in 1999 when Botswana’s first representative at Miss Universe, Mpule Kwelagobe, effortlessly snatched the title.

It was every contestant’s beautiful dream to wear the crown, but winning at first entry was implausible if not magical. Kwelagobe made the country contented, and history was made. Taking a closure significant look at her performance at the Miss Universe held at the Chaguaramas Convention Centre in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago, Kwelagobe battled it out on and off stage with 84 contestants and showed them dust. She was in the Top 5 spot with South Africa, Venezuela, Philippines and Spain. There are countries which snatch the Miss Universe title every year.

Miss Universe 2019 was a South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi. Mpule Kwelagobe scorecard looked pretty remarkable. She scored 9.05 out of 10 on her interviews, 9.18 swimsuit, 9.36 evening gown, semi-final average 9.19 and 9.48 on the Top 5 question. These results were good enough to earn her the crown.

However, over the years (since the crowning of Mpule Kwelagobe), Botswana has been fading away from participating at the Miss Universe. Between 2002 and 2003, the country did not participate in Miss Universe but in 2004, the country sent a winning title of Miss Universe Botswana to Ecuador, Miss Universe 2004.

In 2010, Mos Syde Worldwide Entertainment Group: an international entertainment and fashion company domiciled in Botswana took over the Miss Universe Botswana pageant after a six-year absence. Tirelo Ramasedi was crowned Miss Universe Botswana 2010, and represented the country in Las Vegas on August 23. As it is right now, Ramasedi is the only former Miss Universe queen still keen in having her name shine out there: she works closely on projects aimed at empowering women and young girls.

Sadly so, 2013 was the last time Botswana participated in Miss Universe. After five years of not participating at Miss Universe pageant, the first Miss Universe Botswana Mpule Kwelagobe took over the franchise. The winner selection of Miss Universe Botswana 2019 was to remark Botswana to Miss Universe 2019, however, was cancelled.

2019 marked another possible six years since Botswana lacked participation in Miss Universe. This drastic zero participation in this premium beauty competition paved way for our neighbours South Africa to sail smoothly at the competition. Zozibini Tunzi became an instant global queen and everyone’s favourite after displaying intelligence, poise and taking up space to be crowned Miss Universe 2019.

The pageant was not held in 2020 due to COVID-19. This will be the third time in the history of the competition in which the event will be held after the calendar year has ended: this previously occurred during Miss Universe 2014 and Miss Universe 2016 (in which Botswana was not participating).

Miss Universe Organization announced early this year that the competition would be held on May 16 2021, at Seminole Hard rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, United States. Zozibini Tunzi will crown her successor at this competition.

Botswana, will not be participating at the Miss Universe 2020, again. The weakening Miss Universe Botswana has been attributed to by internal fights within the organization. But why participate at Miss Universe?

The Miss Universe Organization is a global, inclusive organization that celebrates women of all cultures and backgrounds and empowers them to realize their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success.

Women participate annually to affect positive change personally, professionally and philanthropically as inspirational leaders and role models. The delegates and titleholders that have participated in the MUO system are able to cultivate their personal, professional and philanthropic goals. These women are forward thinking and motivated not just talk about change, but to initiate it.

Prominent beauty pageants analyst in Botswana Morekolodi Smith took Weekendlife in an exclusive interview that it has been so many years of absence from participating at Miss Universe, and this shows that Botswana lacks consistency and commitment.

“The franchise holders fail to host a national pageant. I think they should hand over the license to Miss Botswana Organization because it hosts the pageant annually. Then the winner gets to participate in both Miss World and Miss Universe. They can maybe crown two representatives. Botswana has faded away from Miss Universe platform and fans have forgotten about it,” he said in an interview on Thursday.

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Given Carter fools Batswana – again

11th May 2021
Given Carter

Pranks, for a common man, is designated to the 1st of April- April fool’s day. Usually it’s the only day out of the entire 365 days one can make a fool of others and get away with practically anything, anything legal that is.

While there are fanatics who do it for amusement, there are some who do it to earn their daily bread and butter. Some obviously saw a niche to keep people fascinated especially in these emotionally straining times of COVID-19. For the record, they don’t play ordinary cards as you may think.

Their pranks are as big and as real as marriage wrecking and all the drama that comes along with it. Given Carter is not just your ordinary boy next door. The Tonota born prankster is currently taking the entire country on an emotional rollercoaster from the comfort of his home in Francistown.

At only 32-years, Carter BW’s skills of planning and executing a prank is what sets him apart from the rest. In fact one can go as far as to say that he’s the only prankster Batswana know.His ideas are unique and relevant, telling a tale that someone can sit and think about, perhaps learn from it because they are everyday life happenings that most people can relate to because they have a way of really hitting home.

In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife, the versatile Given Carter (who is also a photographer) says the inspiration behind pranking was to introduce something not so common in Botswana, and challenge typecasts associated with art, especially modern art.

“Growing up, we only saw pranks on the television dominantly done by the whites. We never thought this is something we can do, or maybe we didn’t understand the logic behind it. But I guess, pranks are real life lessons we need, its only that they are shared in a more hilarious and sometimes obstinate way,” he said.

Given Carter told this publication that, he spends most of his time on the internet, learning more tricky skills. This is quite a remarkable observation because in this era of advanced technology, one doesn’t necessarily have to go to school to learn from the grassroot. The use of technology has made it easier for people to acquire skills and knowledge, and still do exceptionally well without being in class.

“Of course, a bit of it is common sense but I make use of the internet to learn more on how I can improve my craft. It is quite unpretentious to do a prank because they are real-life situations, so its not much of a big deal. I needed people to learn and I think I came at the right time because most people are online, and the reception is just incredible.”

He however shed light on his first video shot in Shakawe that went viral, subsequently leading to speculations of his crew’s arrest. Given Carter was however not arrested instead he was brought before the police for questioning.

“We were not arrested as people may think. We were called to write statements on what the prank was all about and we were released the same day. I believe maybe we went too far in what we depicted in the video because it’s something that the society is not yet ready to accept, but it has been happening for a long time,” he told WeekendLife.

In many Western countries, pranksters do this for a living through YouTube accounts and subscriptions. “As it is currently, I do not have a YouTube channel. I am still building a platform and I’m certain very soon it will be up and running. I am primarily focused on taking my craft to the people, and let people know more about what I do. So technically, it has been about familiarising people with the art.”

Even though that’s the case, Given Carter says there is room for paid partnerships and endorsements. After all, there is an entire crew which need money to pay the bills. He says with so much ideas spinning in his head, there is need for financial support to be able to dish out more seeing that people love his works and how realistic his pranks are.

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Vee, Charma Gal battle it out for fellow artistes

4th May 2021
Vee, Charma Gal

Odirile Sento, popularly known as Vee together with Magadeline Lesolobe (Charma Gal) took the liberty of playing as big of a part as they could to consolidate some resources for musicians which might be of assistance during these trying times.

In these unprecedented times of the overwhelming and the deadly COVID-19, it is only critical that people stand together and remain committed to helping each other, being kind enough to lend a helping hand in any way possible.

The contagious virus left people confounded, deprived and depressed. The pandemic shuttered many economies, industries and the entertainment sector was no exemption. If anything, the entertainment industry took the biggest hit of all the sectors but this was a hit felt in every country in the world not just a local tragedy.

There were tear-jerking testimonies of creatives, in particular artists, suffering from extreme hunger as events were given a rain check. Technically, social events have been shut for sixteen months now.

There were series of protests calling for the immediate opening of the creative sector, in a phased manner. Some brave yet unfortunate artists were arrested for taking up arms and protesting the strict COVID-19 regulations placed on the entertainment sector.

When protests failed and their laments falling on government’s usual deaf ears, prominent artists Odirile Sento, popularly known as Vee together with Magadeline Lesolobe (Charma Gal) took the liberty of playing as big of a part as they could to consolidate some resources for musicians which might be of assistance during these trying times.

COVID-19 has created untold challenges for musicians in Botswana, but there are possibilities- challenges have a way of breeding solutions nonetheless.

In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife on Wednesday, Vee said the Battle to Develop Artists Welfare is aimed at inspiring artists to learn diversification, which has been lacking for quite a stretch amongst fellow artists. A lot of local artists depend solely on music, which on its own has been performing below par, and COVID-19 has brought that into clear view, showing how most artists in Botswana live off scraps, barely making money off their beloved passion- music.

“This project was born out of compassion. The world as it is now is experiencing a rough patch, and you can imagine how other artists are coping. It is really a struggle, and we saw it critical to jump on-board and help our fellow colleagues. It will help artists start small businesses, some will start short courses which will enable them to find employment in the long run.

For it to have weight, we incorporated it into a challenge on stage, performing our songs. We hope this will inspire business moguls to sponsor and pledge some monies towards this initiative,” said Vee.

Charma gal indicated that the live battle on stage has been supported with musical instruments, further indicating that this is a volunteerism project with no proceeds to gain from.

“We will divide and disburse proceeds to our fellow artists, I mean these are people we have been working alongside for so many years. There is no how we can be reckless towards them when we see how hard the situation is.

We are in this together, and we are going to stick together like that. Some have started already doing something, and meeting them half way is only fundamental,” Charma Gal told WeekendLife.

The duo stressed that Gaborone North Member of Parliament, Mpho Balopi, has pledged P50 000 towards this battle, further calling on other businessmen to come to the party. Vee says Balopi supported the initiative from the get-go, brushing aside allegations that the project is politically influenced.

Initiatives brought forward to aid the entertainment sector have caused controversy, with Vee emphasizing that not all artists will benefit from this particular charity cause. “We have artists who are struggling, and sadly so. Some of them were bread winners and there is no income coming in, making it hard for them to cope with the economic challenges.

There has been an increase in VAT recently, and such developments make the situation worse. Rigorous assessments will be done to identify our desired beneficiaries.”

Vee and Charma Gal will be battling it out on stage with the battle scheduled to take place on the 28th May 2021. Because events are still striped, the show will be online with COVID-19 protocols to be adhered to.

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