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Keeping up with Gabs intricate life after Mister Gaborone supremacy

Beauty Queens and Kings come and go. Some are smart enough to have their sovereignty remain relevant for quite a stretch, while some just fade immediately after their reign.

It is true that different doors would open for a beauty king or queen and they have more opportunities to explore. But beyond that there is absolutely nothing special that people would have to expect from them.

For them, it is a huge competition and a chance to make a mark in the ambitious world. Although I respect their intelligence and beauty, there is nothing they would do for the public, even some Miss Botswana queens can be cited as examples.

In this country, as winners of the beauty pageants, they get a chance to become celebrities, but they forget about others. I don’t know why! They might be respecting an old trend, so personally, I think participating in a competition is juts for gaining popularity rather than doing some important work for society and for the nation. I’m not saying Mr Gaborone 2017 Cavin Molatedi is one example, no! If there is anything to learn and expect, we can do so from him, I mean, he is not just a former king of the city, but an influential personality who is doing a lot in the television industry.

Cavin Molatedi is a model, both runway and commercial model, a musician, motivational speaker and an influencer. He was crowned Mr Gaborone 2017, and few months later participated at Mr Africa International where he garnered himself the second-runner up title, as well as Beach Body of Africa Award. This young man has been keen to put in the work for expected results, I mean; you see how ambitious he is?

He sees adventure as one particular aspect of life that gives each and every deserving young person the opportunity to grow and discover new qualities and abilities within themselves. Molatedi is a National Director at Africa Pageantry Networks, intended to re-branding arts and culture in Botswana. ‘’We build unity among Africans in the pageantry industry by partnering and sponsoring pageants across the African continent and building of teen ambassadors serving their communities through self-initiated platforms’’, he told Weekend Life in Gaborone this week.

For him, life after Mr Gaborone reign has been incredible. As a model and also a fashion enthusiast, he has been involved in the development of both industries. ‘’My desire is to grow and groom myself into a fully fleshed public figure, with all my diligence I intend to use my knowledge and expertise in the industry to positively influence young upcoming models. I have been sharing and equipping them with the very same tools I used to get where I am today using platforms as social media.’’

The fashion and modelling industry, he said, can be developed through cooperation and joint efforts with fellow models and directors. ‘’I want to leave my mark, I am determined to working with other creative on developing art industry consistently and persistently and I want to see my name being recognized as a leading contributor to the modelling industry in the country. I have been busy with pushing this mandate, because initially, that was my expectation after winning the pageant.’’

In a pageant held at The Dikgosi Monument in April 2017, Molatedi surpassed 10 of his opponents when he was crowned King of Mister Gaborone. At the age of 20 by the time, he proved that there can only be on eking of a castle after winning over the judges. He was a favourite with the women due to his sexy physique, poses and charisma he depicted on stage. In his brilliant answer, he said he would promote the country’s heritage. ‘’During my reign as Mister Gaborone, I would empower Batswana men through our culture. I would use this opportunity to come up with tactical ways to ensure that our culture does not vanish into thin air. It does not have to die with us. I would promote my country, as we have many tourists’ sites and monuments just like the one we are hosting the pageant in.’’

Indeed, Molatedi remained true to his words. He auditioned for various presenting gigs both on local radio stations and television, and was fortunate to host one show on Maru TV. ‘’I persisted and just like my mother told me, I chased my dream and kept believing. I knew that the sky will be my beginning. I received my package and absorbed as a freelance presenter for Maru TV. In my show, we would travel, explore and learn more about the country. In the whole process, I will be learning different cultures and heritage sites, something I dreamt about while I was still Mr Gaborone.’’In his concerted efforts to promote small entrepreneurs, Molatedi has been doing well in being an influencer on social media.

‘’Social media platforms made me be the man I am today. I started there because I saw an opportunity. Every time I have a job with entrepreneurs, small or big, I make sure I share with my audience and actually encourage them to swing by and check them out. It has been a great thing to do, because at the end of the day, there is a smile on their faces. That is basically what I strive to see.’’Besides modelling and TV, he has devoted his time to creating music. ‘’I live my life with an open mind. I challenge myself every day and aim to try something new each day.

As creative as I am, I believe I can also be an artists. The quality of art is the rawness and calmness of it. Unique things are often perceived weird at the beginning, simply because you are a new dimension that people are not used to. That is exactly how people see me right now. They have opinions about me venturing in music, which is fine as I now they will get used to it with time.’’Mister Gaborone 2017 Molatedi has also been involved in the promotion of health across his social media pages. I must say, he is a force to reckon with.

If only folks can follow suit and utilize social media, I swear, this country can be a better place. But what do they do instead…shooting fully naked buddies and uploading videos on social media. Wow! This is just…ridiculous!

 

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‘Mindset’ unlocks positive mindset

2nd February 2023
At the age of 17, Boniface Lewanika is ready to take over the world. He has shown commitment to being the next big thing to ever emerge from Botswana. Mindset MusiQ, as he is affectionately known, is a self-taught music producer. The story of how Mindset started music production can be traced back to end-to-end lockdowns, which jaded him to the core.

At least, for Mindset MusiQ, these lockdowns were a blessing in disguise. He got to unlock the hidden potential in him, or maybe, the creativity that he never knew about. Being locked down meant that Mindset MusiQ has plenty of time to waste, but he was quick to switch his mindset to coming up with something positive.

He saw it much better to waste time on the internet. Well, for lot of people, the internet was the only saving grace then. But for Mindset MusiQ, it was the beginning of a journey that he intends to walk for the rest of his life.

“I became a music producer because I love music. I then asked myself why I should not make music, that’s when in 2020 during lockdowns I started watching YouTube tutorials on how to make music. I didn’t have any knowledge on how to produce a song. YouTube introduced me to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) which is a software used for music production.”

The Letlhakane born then downloaded his first software which was Ableton Live, which was way too complex and distorted. “I felt it was too hard to learn and I switched to FI studio which was also complicated but fortunately, easy to use. Because I don’t have a good voice to sing, music production became too good to me and very flexible to embark on.”

Mindset MusiQ became part of the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) national roadshow, after being picked from the capacity building workshop. He was challenged to speak to the audience, fellow creatives (artists and music producers) and his presentation caught the eye of the adjudicator, DJ Fresh.

“I heard about the artist’s capacity building workshop from my mother, who saw it on Facebook. My father immediately reacted and dropped me off and even though I was late, the host then introduced me and the rest became history. As we speak, I am part of the Top 30, and we will be having the finale on the 11th of February in Gaborone.”

Being on the Top 30 for Mindset MusiQ is a dream come true. This is because he wasn’t even told that there will be a boot camp and grand prizes, and he has always wanted to advance his premature music career. He said this has shown that he is on the right track.

“Working with DJ Fresh is really cool. It’s not everyone who can be afforded that opportunity and the experience humbles me all the time. Already, I have rocked the Thando remix and I can’t wait to do more with his mentorship.”

Mindset MusiQ is currently in South Africa working on cooking more music with industry moguls. He was invited by producer Trey Bankz and some colleagues from Imperial City Music, a new record label in Johannesburg

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All The Star She Is lands on BTV

2nd February 2023
With zero existence of TV programs empowering women in Botswana, a new show that strives to make that news of the past has just started airing on the tedious BTV. At least, after so many years, All The Star She Is will inspire viewers to see a new change in terms of supporting women in Botswana.

Each incredible series celebrates women but not from all walks of life, but those who are turning heads in the entertainment industry. The show will cast a bright light on women who have conquered tremendous obstacles and weathered the storms.

In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife on Monday, Director of Cosign267 Koone Boikaego said the show reveals the paths that these phenomenal women took to be where they are in the entertainment and media industry.

Cosign267 is a 100% youth owned film and TV Production Company led by Boikaego. It has worked with a number of organization, executing various projects such as filming, shooting, editing and one-on-one couch interviews.

The youthful company recently wrapped up the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) three months’ national roadshow and boot camp. It was assigned with capturing all moments of the roadshow, alongside Thato DJ Fresh Sikwane.

“Celebrating women is one thing that is often overlooked. We put together this project to take followers into the lives of creative and incredible women. They are determined to break walls and pave way for the next generation of women. In this show, these women serve viewers with factual stories of how they started and what it takes to be at the forefront, the bittersweet experiences that took them that far. It’s really a show that many young girls can draw inspiration from.”

Breaking down the show plan, Boikaego said airs every Saturday on BTV at 6PM, hosted by One Rabantheng. Rabantheng, famously known as Divine Diva is a media and marketing consultant, legendary radio personality who worked for Duma FM, e-TV and RB2, where she was shown the door for speaking foul of the then President without being aware that the microphone is on.

There are thirteen stars to be featured on the new show, therefore, this means that there will be thirteen episodes. Some of the familiar faces featured on the TV show are: Mpho Sebina, Olorato Ledique, Oratile Kebakile, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Tumi Ramsden, Kelly Ramputswa, Tshepie Olds, Winx Motcher, Mmaphala, Loretta and Nicole Martinez among others.

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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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