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ATI caves in; meets Rakgare

After many berserk episodes on social media about how the country is being ran and the unemployed state the youth are in, Atasaone ATI Molemogi has finally simmered down.

Molemogis discontent was that according to him, the country was ran by corrupt politicians and foreign nationals who are taking food out of the indigenous peoples mouths.

An invitation was sent out to Molemogi by the minister of Sports, Youth and Culture, Tumiso Rakgare, to have a one on one about the youths grievances. ATI shunned the invitation saying he wants to meet the President and no one else. At the time, the eccentric khiring khorong hit maker had the masses to back his activism escapades.

The tables have turned, ATI has met with the very same Rakgare he vehemently refused to meet with. ATI shared with WeekendLife why he backtracked on his decision to meet Rakgare. I met with Rakgare because my ego being stroked is not my most desired outcome.

With the first citizen refusing to meet me at least there is somewhere I can start. Its better to start off by having a step ladder than not having the steps at all. I had to re-evaluate and take it from a more result orientated base, said Molemogi.

The meeting with Rakgare had many people question ATIs intentions and seeing it as being selfish and serving his own interests and not those of the masses which he gathered to help him in his fight for a better Botswana.I am not doing this for pride or to be seen or to have a good light. I am doing this because sometimes people who need help do not even know they got a problem.

So being the one who has the ability to foresee and know how to go about situations, I needed to step out of the box and say through the unknown can come greatness.Molemogi is adamant that the meeting was a step in mapping the way forward especially for the entertainment industry which seems to be the hardest hit by the Covid-19 scourge and the subsequent lockdowns.
I made a proposal to Rakgare on how events could maybe be put back into motion in a way that it could be more profitable during these restrictions of not more than 50 people. I also talked about empowering the entertainment industry, it could be like direct and most immediate way of empowering the youth. Many people get employed through the entertainment industry because it is one of the industries that has a high profitable income.

Events generate a lot more of income, this is because a single event employs a whole lot of people, he said.I also suggested a proposal on how we can go on about it .We also spoke about the assistance on my clothing brand. I asked for funding for my own clothing brand. Which is one business I feel can generate a lot of income and employ a few young people in our country.

The controversial personality stated that, he initially wanted to meet the President because he is an elected and an entrusted overseer of the executive powers, who can also put into play the legislation that can see to it that policies recommended by parliament can be put into action.

That is why I wanted to meet the President specifically. However, I had to make peace with the fact that right now he might not be comfortable with meeting me. But I am glad that he is aware that there is a young man who feels can contribute immensely to our economy. This economy is going to need a lot of creatives to come up with strategies on how to bring it back to life, he said.

I still want to meet the President based on ways we can bring the economy up and make it one of the first African countries to be innovative to a point which I had foreseen this country.When asked whether his slogan Batho Bame is still relevant and stands for the people, ATI said, It is still all about the people but do not get it twisted. Batho Bame does not necessarily mean self-sabotage or self-denial.

It could be on a narrative of just inspiring another person to inspire the next person, he said.Now people always want to link it to food and being spoon fed. I dont do that, I spoon fed a lot of people in my life that is why I am not rich and that is why I am probably on drugs because I could not say no. I am always giving away everything.

Now I have come to a position in my life where I realise that the best thing I can do is to transform myself.The outspoken artist further highlighted that, from the time he started talking on how there is need for change, it seems to him that people are looking for a saviour in him.

There is a saviour mentality that is deep rooted in a lot of us. I also noticed it is in myself as well. Like I got a lot of people asking me to do things for them. When I started out, I did those things for myself. You would get somebody expecting you to help them because they support you.

You will find out that a lot of people are entitled to my attention and my time and I think thats where people get it wrong, cause I dont think people understand who I am. People are looking for quick fixes instead of solutions to the problem, he said.


‘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.”


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.


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.


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.”


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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