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WOMAN: 8th Wonder of the World

March 8 has been slated to remember, celebrate as well as honour women globally who have left a mark and have an extensive repertoire of work that cannot go unnoticed. Women have been the backbone, strength and pillar for many homes.

They have nurtured and kept watch of their households even in turbulent times when men absconded from their responsibilities, leaving the woman to fend for herself and her child. This day is for the woman who fought stigma of any kind pushed on her by society, to those who have shattered glass ceilings to become revolutionaries, to those who dare to dream in a world that say it’s a man’s world.

International Women’s Day was sanctioned a global holiday by United Nations. The day celebrates women’s excellence and their contribution to societal building as well as sensitizing about the fight for gender parity. Women’s day also give support to organizations that help women globally.African women have over the years risen to the occasion and have played a notable role in being independent and owning up to their game as well as gathering their confidence and chasing after their dreams. One of them being Zozibini Tunzi, who set tongues wagging after being crowned Miss Universe 2019.

The beauty Queen did not only change the narrative that women can take up space and cement themselves too, but she also made a stern remark that black is beautiful. She awed the entire universe when she said;“The most important thing we should teach young girls is leadership. It's something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a long time, not because we don't want to but because of what society has labelled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world and that we should be given every opportunity. That is what we should be teaching these young girls, to take up space. Nothing is more important than taking up space in the society and cementing yourself.’’

“I grew up in a world where women who look like me, with my kind of skin and my kind of hair were never considered to be beautiful. And I think that it is time that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face, and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine,” she added.
Tunzi is an epitome of black women excellence, she has shunned the stereotypes shaped against black women and has become a protagonist in redefining what beauty is.

President and founder of Pan African Game Changers (PAGC) who is also an Attorney and Founding Partner of Precious & Partners Legal Practise, Precious Gondwe, has set the globe ablaze with her initiative, which saw more than 70 women globally drawn to her and drinking from her cup.PAGC is a global platform for women interaction and haven for women who build one another. She seeks to end the ‘girl hate’ that exist within women. She has created a safe dock for healing, and strength. It is also a networking platform and a place of stimulation.

The organisation is currently planted in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, United Kingdom/Ireland, China, Morocco, and recently launched the Eswatini chapter which will soon be followed by Zambia and the United States of America.“It’s a unique, first of its kind movement for black, inspired women who want to make Africa a great place again! God said, grab the woman and the entire continent will heal again,” Gondwe said.PAGC remains a refined women hub that seeks to impart each other as well as share the spirit of excellence, defining dreams, knowing yourself, embracing challenges and growth.

They share diverse topics that help grow one another, from image branding, to financial literacy, spiritual growth and having a vision as women. PAGC believes women are leaders as well and cannot be limited to kitchen walls hence their radical approach in changing a woman’s mind-set globally.The current Miss Botswana First Princess Uua Murangi, is also a force to be reckoned with. She is one beau that takes pride in her ebony skin and her dark bushy natural African hair, which defines us as African women.

When she first joined Miss Botswana, people rallied behind her because she chose to be true to herself and her roots and they felt she represented every black woman.Today Murangi is a household name, and in as much she did not win the pageant, she remained the true queen and won a place in many people’s hearts. The University of Botswana Law graduate has since diverted her energy into grooming upcoming beauty queens through her program called Pageant Classes.

“It really is rewarding to watch someone transform into a whole other version of themselves, a version which is all rounded, confident and with a clear understanding of their true self.” she said.Another Motswana who is making strides is Gogontlejang Phaladi, who’s notable doings have been ongoing whilst she was just a kid, and her charitable organisation have been running for many years now and have assisted unprivileged individuals under the Gogontlejang Phaladi Pillar of Hope Project.

Through this organisation, she aims to be a world class charitable organisation of choice for the advocacy and activism of human rights and doing philanthropic activities towards nation building and development.International Women’s Day is to celebrate every woman and their achievements, whether they are small or big, whatever trauma they overcame to become the Queen they are now and to encourage them to further break stereotypes and walls and to defy society’s norms of what a woman is or should be.

Whether you’re making power moves in public or private, this is for you, the woman in you.

 

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200,000 Members of International Church Hold Virtual Prayer Service for Covid-19

22nd September 2020
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After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.

On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.

The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others.

Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.

The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus.

At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.

“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”

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AFRIMMA nominates Vee Mampeezy

22nd September 2020
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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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