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MISS BOTSWANA TOP 15: Who will be the fairest of them all?

The hunt for the next Miss Botswana is leveling up, and the young girls cannot keep up with the heat. No pain, no gain. These are the words that are resounding in their minds right now, as it is now and never. The finalists are ought to keep eyes on the ball, because, each and every breath they take, they are either given a tick or a red cross.

Miss Botswana Top 30 has been trimmed to the final 15. Ordinarily, the top 15 finalists are revealed at the fashion show. The Miss Botswana management this time around is doing things differently, probably chasing time as the pageant is always held very late.

The big elephant in the room though, is that the Miss Botswana 2022 is allegedly substandard. This is a disturbing trend that has been reoccurring for the past, four years maybe. The finalists are said to be of poorer standard required by the Miss World organization, and the pageant altogether is said to be waffle.

Beauty pageant analysts say Miss Botswana finalists fail to put together competitive and sustainable Beauty-with-a-purpose projects, which are supposed to blow the Miss World judges away. Beauty-with-a-purpose projects are simply what the Miss World is all about. In order for a Miss World finalist to place high, she ought to have a project that works with children, or women at least.

Talking about Beauty-with-a-purpose projects, Miss Botswana Top 15 finalists shared with the devoted followers of the pageant, what they really have to offer. All the contestants aspire to wear the Miss Botswana tiara that has been decorated with some diamond carats, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The girls have to throw caution to the wind, even if it means exhausting their savings accounts to look the part.

LORATO JANICE

With the crown, I aim to do more than just inspiring Batswana regarding achieving what we tell ourselves is unattainable, more than just being the face of Botswana and representing in other countries. Making Botswana a better place starts with the younger generation, and one of the things I deeply appreciate about the crown is its reach,.

CYNTHIA KALAYAKGOSI

Engaging the hearts, minds and hands of talents is the most sustainable resource of a competitive advantage Botswana could have. Working with an influential organization like Miss Botswana will afford an opportunity to amplify my passion for talent development and entrepreneurship.

TSHEPO SEBAGA

I believe my being in the Miss Botswana platform already, brings significant change to my beloved country. This is because in addition to fighting the existing GBV scourge through my beauty with a purpose project, my being a second time finalist inspires Batswana to understand that facing adversity puts us at an advantage as we become more resilient to life.

SEBAGA MANYAPETSA

I would make Botswana better with the crown by actively pushing to get Batswana involved in issues that affect them. Botswana has been ranked as the country with the highest rape cases in the whole world. It is about time we stood together and dealt with this through raising awareness.

PUSELETSO LOBELWANE

I believe that a queen should inspire, serve its people and lift as she rises. As your Miss Botswana I strongly believe in social solidarity. I therefore will use my crown and my power to influence our people to have a spirit of giving.

PEARL MOKGOSI

With the crown I would strive to encourage more unity amongst Batswana and together conceptualize ways to tackle dire challenges we face as a country.

NEO PHOLOGA

I will make Botswana a better place by ensuring the protection of children. In doing this, I will include all the stakeholders from the parents to the highest office.

LESEGO SEJAI

I will definitely spread the spirit of living in the moment which will help a lot of us to introspect and move forward with a mentality of a positive future.

LESEGO CHOMBO

I will use the Miss Botswana crown to pursue social justice through my service. As an individual who has so much love for the underprivileged community. I believe that their inclusion is vital in the pursuit of social justice.

GONTLAFETSE OAGILE

With the crown I plan to drive change within our education system. The current growing number of unemployment with our youth is a clear indication of a disconnect.

GOITSEMODIMO JOGWE

I believe that Miss Botswana crown shall influence the training and teaching about the whole process of diamond production from the grassroots. To curb the issue of outsourcing only to import finished products at a cost.

GODIRAONE KGAUTLHE

To me a crown represent servitude and it comes with responsibilities to serve people as well as being their mouthpiece on socio-economic issues that are prevalent in their particular society, so I intend to advocate against depression, suicide and judgmental society.

CHESHE LUBA

Botswana has the potential to transition from a linear economy to a circular economy with youth being the largest contributor. I aim to use this crown as a platform to support the capacitation of the youth of Botswana in realizing and appreciating the untapped value of efficient and effective waste management in Botswana.

BRIDGETTE MOKOJWA

Being a Miss Botswana would be an honor and a responsibility. I would serve with passion, love, confidence and strength. I would see to it that I work very hard to ensure that I create an environment where negativity would not grow and foster.

ALIPO MAKOSHA

With my crown, I am to use my position of influence to help my country pursue its national aspirations. I believe that the groups that stand to benefit the most are women and children and as such I aim to centre my projects on the said groups.

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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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DENIM RICHARDS American actor takes local productions to the world

23rd January 2023

American renowned actor, Denim Richards has been in Botswana for quite a while now with one clear mission: the revamp the film and entertainment industry.

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Botswana misses out on Miss Universe again

9th January 2023

The 71st Miss Universe competition will be going down at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans next week in the United States. There are eighty four entrants at this year’s Miss Universe, and Botswana will once again not be a part of the pageant.

The Miss Universe will be hosted by Jeannie Mai and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, who last served as host during Miss Universe 2020, while Mai last served as backstage correspondent during Miss Universe 2014. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Zuri Hall will serve as backstage correspondents. This will mark the first time in a 70-year history to have an all-female presenting panel.

Botswana last participated at the Miss Universe in 2013, in which the Miss Universe Botswana pageant was won by Tsoane Macheng. Ever since then, Botswana never made its return to the biggest beauty pageant in the world, despite its consistent ability to send a representative to participate at the Miss World competition.

Miss Universe Botswana Director, Safie Sekgwa, allegedly holds the Miss Universe license. Efforts to reach him proved futile, as his mobile phone rung unanswered.

Despite Botswana showing zero efforts in participating at the Miss Universe, the beauty pageants 2019 crown was flanked by two smaller diamonds cut from the same stoned mined in Botswana.

Jewelry designer Mouawad created a new “Power of Unity” crown reportedly worth 5 Million US Dollars, and the title was won by South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi. She was the third South African to be crowned Miss Universe.

BOTSWANA’S POOR RECORD AT MISS UNIVERSE

Botswana is said to be one African country with the most beautiful women, but, the poor performance at the Miss Universe, communicates otherwise. Perhaps, representatives at the pageant are not academically gifted, as the Miss Universe tests how keen they are also.

Mpule Kwelagobe made history when she was crowned Miss Universe 1999. That was few months after she was crowed the first ever Miss Universe Botswana. Kwelagobe became the third woman from Africa who was crowned Miss Universe.

In 2000, Miss Universe Botswana then, Joyce Molemoeng did not place at Miss Universe, and the same blue reality struck again in 2001, when Mataila Sikwane also failed drastically.

After a two year hiatus, Miss Universe 2004, Icho Keolotswe also failed to place at Miss Universe. That was the end of participation at Miss Universe, only to return in 2010. Tirelo Ramasedi, Miss Universe 2010 also did not win. The same losing trend followed from 2011 (Larona Kgabo), 2012 (Sheillah Molelekwa) and 2013 (Tsaone Macheng).

MISS UNIVERSE 2022 UNDERWAY

Preparations are ongoing to hold the 71st Miss Universe competition. Harnaaz Sandhu of India will crown her successor at the end of the event. There are nine countries which have withdrawn from participating: Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Morocco, Romania and Sweden.

As for returns, Miss Universe 2022 will see Angola, Belize, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago as well as Uruguay.

Lebanon won Miss Universe in 1971, Angola in 2011, Trinidad and Tobago in 1977 and1998. Youngest Miss Universe 2022 participants are aged 18, and they are from British Virgin Islands, Iceland and Krgyzstan and Switzerland’s representative is nineteen.

MISS UNIVERSE ALMOST 6 MILLION US DOLLAR CROWN

Miss Universe has unveiled its new crown for the 71st competition. The new crown, “The Crown Number 12: Force for Good” was crafted by world renowned luxury jeweler Mouawad.

The new crown, with pear-shaped blue sapphires surrounded by diamonds and valued at approximately 5.58 Million US Dollars, will be the prestigious mark of honor for the winner this coming week.

According to the Miss Universe organization, the Force for Good crown emanates Mouawad’s passion for crafting the extraordinary, featuring the meticulous setting of sapphires and diamonds, whose design is replete with symbolism.

Reflecting the point that significant change does not happen in an instant, the base of the crown is set with diamonds symbolizing the status quo. From the base upwards, rippling wave motifs reflect the momentum of change, with their varying sizes portraying that this momentum gains ground gradually through advocacy at different moments and places, to audiences large and small, over time.

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