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Timothy Alpha on penetrating the entertainment industry

Timothy Alpha

Known for stunning audiences at the My Star talent show as a television presenter, Timothy Alpha was one of the young lads who had dreams of gaining fame and fortune all the while having fun in the entertainment industry.

Like many hopefuls, landing a breakthrough in the creative industry took a lot of hard work on his part. Today, Timothy Alpha has become a house hold name, with a substantial number of gigs under his belt. The 26 year old who hails from Francistown is leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of his dreams.

Other than being known for being a My Star presenter, he is also known for lining up most of the prominent shows in the country as an MC. The jack of all trades is also a voice over artist and he is currently running a mobile spa.

The renowned MC had always been in the spotlight from his academic days, he made an appearance on Ntwakgolo, and a drama series called Morwalela. He was also part of a debate show called Kgang Tseleng Debate.

“I started from the ground, without any connection and without anyone helping me to get into the industry. So it was rough, even for me to get gigs it was hard. I had to go knock on big doors on my own. Sometimes I had to ask people to slot me in their gigs for free.

After I gained recognition that is when people started respecting my craft. For me to be part of My Star as a presenter I had to audition and I had to wait in long queues,” he said.

The journey has been a rollercoaster for him. “Some days you are up and some day you are just down, the spotlight is amazing but tiring at the same because of people’s expectations of me.

I was once attacked by a lady for eating street fries and then cyber bullying on the other hand is just something else because everyone is opinionated and can just blast you over little things. It is just a rollercoaster of emotions. It looks great on the outside but behind the scenes there’s always some challenges.’’

He tells this publication that his most memorable moment was when his first international gig in South African for Nelson Mandela Day in Johannesburg. “I was happy to have been the only Motswana qualifying for Top 30 VJ Search in 2019.’’

On the other hand one of the most heart breaking moments in his career was when he was still fresh in the industry and got a booking in Maun and was left behind with other artists without pay by the event organizers. “We were taken out of the accommodation and had nowhere to go,” he said.

With the world being hit by the Corona pandemic, and the creative industry being shut, it meant he was also pausing for a while until things get back to normal.

“It stopped almost everything with events being paused and shoots paused meant the game had to stop, but I am one of luckiest to have been engaged by several companies to be part of their live stream events but other than that my spa happened,” he said.

“It has  been two months since I have started Royal house of Alpha mobile spa, it is a mobile spa that takes its services to the people at their door step, we offer massages, facials, manicure and pedicure services and we rent out massage beds, we do it at your own house and do have call ins. I would also love to own an events and production company in the future.”

Today, he embraces all the bruises and challenges as they played an important role in his growth and to be where he is today. “With the challenges I have faced and every pain and agony I’ve been through, the blood, sweat, movers, shakers and tears I wouldn’t be doing any justice if I don’t look up to myself. I am the most loving and strongest person I’ve ever met in my entire life,” said.

The ever exquisite and incredible personality that is Timothy Alpha has evolved over time, and has become a force to reckon with, and although he cites he is single, he has found peace and fullness in being single as it allows him to be free and happy.

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Top Model Botswana 4th edition paused

4th August 2020

While some find it hard to survive in the entertainment sector, modelling is one of the few careers that has been taking shape in the creative sector in the country. Top Model Botswana is one of the set platforms that gives models a scarce opportunity and a chance to be uncovered and to take their talent to bigger runways.

Their aim is to see the models being scouted by international brands. However, like many other sectors which have been affected by the global pandemic (Covid-19), Top Model Botswana has paused as they are waiting for the situation to stabilize. While they are waiting to complete their 3rd edition, the idea of the 4th edition of the series had to be shelved for the time being. The event organisers have promised to communicate as and when auditions for the fourth edition will be opened.

“Well, honestly this year we didn’t do anything. Early this year we had to have the grand finale of Top Model Botswana 3rd edition which was a continuation of last‘s year edition. But due to this pandemic that the world is facing, we could not go head and finish the 3rd edition. We had decided to just pause this year and continue next year,” Simon Pierre shared with WeekendLife.

Organisers of the event annually rummage rural areas in search of models who are not adequately exposed to be identified as models. “For the 4th edition which was to be this year, my team and I had decided to bring a little twist to how we have been doing things in favour of the models. We decided to change our ways of carrying out Top Model competition.

Initially Top Model Botswana had auditions all over Botswana and we often sent agents to places we can’t reach. After auditions, each town will compete in their respective town, then they all meet when we are approaching final stages,” he said. “But this year our idea was that, we will only audition one town each year. So we will be rotating each year in different places. If this year is Palapye, then we will only focus on Palapye, but sadly we were not able to go ahead with our plan due to corona.”

Top Model Botswana is known for producing seasoned models year in and year out, with some modelling careers enhanced and taken to greater platforms. Kakanyetso Gabatsholwe is one of the models who was scouted by Top Model Botswana and today she is signed under Isis Model Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also the winner of Top Model 2017.

Top Model Botswana was adopted from the American reality television series in which a number of aspiring models competed for the title of “America’s Next Top Model” and a chance to begin their career in the modelling industry. The famous model show was the brain-child of American model, Tyra Banks.

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Top Model Botswana 4th edition paused

4th August 2020

While some find it hard to survive in the entertainment sector, modelling is one of the few careers that has been taking shape in the creative sector in the country. Top Model Botswana is one of the set platforms that gives models a scarce opportunity and a chance to be uncovered and to take their talent to bigger runways.

Their aim is to see the models being scouted by international brands. However, like many other sectors which have been affected by the global pandemic (Covid-19), Top Model Botswana has paused as they are waiting for the situation to stabilize. While they are waiting to complete their 3rd edition, the idea of the 4th edition of the series had to be shelved for the time being.

The event organisers have promised to communicate as and when auditions for the fourth edition will be opened. “Well, honestly this year we didn’t do anything. Early this year we had to have the grand finale of Top Model Botswana 3rd edition which was a continuation of last‘s year edition. But due to this pandemic that the world is facing, we could not go head and finish the 3rd edition.

We had decided to just pause this year and continue next year,” Simon Pierre shared with WeekendLife. Organisers of the event annually rummage rural areas in search of models who are not adequately exposed to be identified as models.

“For the 4th edition which was to be this year, my team and I had decided to bring a little twist to how we have been doing things in favour of the models. We decided to change our ways of carrying out Top Model competition. Initially Top Model Botswana had auditions all over Botswana and we often sent agents to places we can’t reach.

After auditions, each town will compete in their respective town, then they all meet when we are approaching final stages,” he said. “But this year our idea was that, we will only audition one town each year. So we will be rotating each year in different places. If this year is Palapye, then we will only focus on Palapye, but sadly we were not able to go ahead with our plan due to corona.”

Top Model Botswana is known for producing seasoned models year in and year out, with some modelling careers enhanced and taken to greater platforms. Kakanyetso Gabatsholwe is one of the models who was scouted by Top Model Botswana and today she is signed under Isis Model Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also the winner of Top Model 2017.

Top Model Botswana was adopted from the American reality television series in which a number of aspiring models competed for the title of “America’s Next Top Model” and a chance to begin their career in the modelling industry. The famous model show was the brain-child of American model, Tyra Banks.

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Major Moves Comedy back at it again

4th August 2020

Known for staging hilarious comedians both locally and internationally, Major Moves Comedy has made its returns this year after being absent due to the outbreak of Covid-19. The comedy show is back again with yet another rib cracking line-up for their up-coming monthly event, which will be on the 7th of August at Cresta President Hotel.

Before the scourge of the coronavirus, the comedy show which featured comedians from Botswana, Zambia and South Africa, was staged every Friday night. For the time being and because of the Covid-19 regulations, the current line-up will be filled by local talent only. The likes of; Boniface ‘Roy’ Phetolo, Queen of comedy Malebogo ‘Lebo English’ Lekgowa, funny-man Maatla Ephraim Basha, as well as Ndiye ‘Triccs’ Tampa. The familiar face of Onkgopotse ‘Mdala Ka Tjeludo’ Mugende will be the host for the night.

The event will also bring upcoming comedians to the fore and give them a chance to share the stage with established acts. “Since lockdown, comedians have been longing to showcase their talent on stage. With the new normal, most have used different social media platforms, however for stand-up comedians the stage is still the best place for them to showcase.

With these monthly events we also develop and nurture talent especially those who have been active on social media. This is in our quest to create a sustainable market and monetizing the talent,” said events coordinator for Major Moves Comedy, Gaolathe Kediemetse.

The event will follow the Covid-19 regulations as prescribed by the Presidential Covid-19 Task Force Team and thus patrons will among others be required to; put on masks, register to get into the event, sanitize, and practice social distancing. The show will be expected to last nothing more than two hours, this also as per Covid-19 regulations.

“We are excited to be hosting the event under the new normal and will be following the Covid-19 regulations. We have limited tickets available for the event which will also enable social distancing and we will have a dedicated Safety Officer to ensure the regulations are being followed.

We want to develop and contribute positively to the lives of the comedians while protecting the health of our patrons”, added Mr Kediemetse. The venue sponsor is Cresta President Hotel and tickets are available at Web tickets and Spar outlets. Prices range from P200 (single) and P300 (double). The show starts at 8pm.

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