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A Motswana woman Ouma Sekokole is on a quest to make history as the first Black African woman to conquer Mount Everest, the highest mountainin the world.The Botswana ambassador and explorer joins 375 trekkers (which takes the number to about 500 including the Sherpas) from Argentina, India, Spain, Germany, Brazil, France, Canada, Belgium, Austria, Chile, and many more who are on a similar quest or are trekking Mt Everest for different causes.

From a post that she recently shared on Facebook it appears that besides Botswana, African countries that are represented include South Africa and Egypt. Over 40 countries have representatives this season. Sekokole is not the only African woman who is attempting to make history. South Africa’s Saray Khumalo is also on this expedition. Under the stewardship of Pemba Chiring Sherpa, Sekokole who is raising awareness about Cervical and Prostate Cancer is doing very well. Over the past couple of days, and in the coming days, she will be busy acclimatising.

The acclimatising part of the journey is very crucial, as she needs it in order to get to the elusive peak. Her supporters back home and across the world have been kept abreast about her latest developments through her Facebook page. A press release explains that Sekokole has prepared well for this adventure, and that she is ready to overcome Mt Everest. Her journey started on April 5th, and will end on June 8th.

“I have prepared well and I am ready to overcome Mt Everest, and make history by becoming the First Black African woman to summit Mt Everest,” she says in the release.
Her real Everest expedition began on April 26th. In her post she shared that alongside her team, she will climb to Camps 1, 2, and 3 and then return to Everest Base Camp for the crucial acclimatising.

“This will take several days which means I will no longer have any personal contact with anyone until I don’t know. Communication will be between our camps, Headquarters and Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development through radio. “I ask that you kindly put me in your prayers. Otherwise I am looking forward to the mountain ahead,” she shared. In a previous post on April 23rd, she had shared the great news that she had acclimatised to Mt Everest base Camp.

In that post, she spoke excitedly about how she has acclimatised and how everything feels normal like she is walking in one of the streets of Gabs City, except that the cold is still ruthless.
“We are waiting for the Trekking Management Team to give the green light anytime from now then we start trekking towards the summit.

“I also attended the Puja Ceremony over the weekend where we got prayers and blessings from the Lama,” she said. Mt. Everest is located in Nepal.She is sponsored and supported by Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Brand Botswana, XL Skyways Travel, Ethiopian Airlines, Torch Studio, Cell City BW, Superfit Gym (Molapo Crossing).

Sekokole is very passionate about Cancer awareness after losing her mother to cancer at a young age. Last year, she successfully summitted Mount Kilimanjaro. Her journey to raise awareness against cancer, and its treatment has seen her forming the Ouma Foundation, which cycles annually across the country imparting knowledge about cancer, and treatment. Besides her love for adventure, she is the only Motswana who is Habitat for Humanity International Fellow.

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Kanye born actress on SA’s ‘The throne’

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Kanye born star, Koketso Mophuting managed to grow her acting career to greater heights after securing a role in Isibaya and is now an actress on South Africa’s weekly drama, The Throne.

The Throne is a television drama centred on the Kwena royal family, which portrays a vicious power struggle on which every family member desperately tries to serve their own interest. The drama airs from Monday to Thursday on DSTV channel 161. Her acting career began a long time ago, through her taking part in the local drama ‘Thokolosi’ in which she played Katlego.

In an interview with The Midweek Sun, passionate Mophuting said that it is never easy to wave Botswana’s flag high in the congested South African entertainment industry, but that will not deter her from achieving her dreams.

“Nothing good ever comes without hard work, I encourage local artists to work hard enough to build their own legacies,” she said.The 29-year old actress took part in a short film that was produced under her newly formed production company but has not been screened yet.

Mophuting also played ‘Gugu’ on Single Mothers and she had appeared on a television production called The Bantu Hour.Mophuting will be seen playing the role of Sethunya, a character in which she uses her beauty and charm to acquire better things for herself. “It is an exciting year to grow my brand and mostly my acting career,” she said. The Throne is a production by Ferguson Films owned by Connie and Shona Ferguson.

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BATSWANA BAD AT SEX

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For a long time, majority of Batswana have been shying away from holding conversations about sex and according to local author, Kagiso Bareki, many relationships and marriages do not last because of poor sex life.

Speaking during Gamaila Authors Empowerment Session and Exhibition, Bareki hinted that bad sex has destroyed majority of marriages and love affairs, hence he saw the need to write his book dubbed ‘Sex and Intimacy,’ which mainly teaches people how to have sex.

He has written 16 books, mainly Christian books and some novels. He encourages authors to keep writing books and confidently shares that writing books has destroyed his ability to work for someone else, as it is a career on its own.

Bareki said he wrote his most talked about book ‘Sex and Intimacy’ after he realised that majority of Batswana are bad at having sex, both men and women. “We have never been taught how to have sex, we have been taught how to communicate and how to budget but not how to have sex. The book I wrote capitalises on ‘how to,’ that couples need to properly do the foreplay, massages and know how to kiss during sex,” he said.

Asked whether there is a specific gender that needs to be taught how to have sex Bareki said that all genders are affected.“Re na le mathata. This sex issue is wrecking marriages and love affairs. Sex is a topic that we often avoid because some are just ashamed to speak about it openly, yet it is important,” he added.

Bareki has challenged married couples to create a proper environment for sex, further stating that there are things specifically designed for sex, such as enhancements, food and sex furniture that accommodate many sexual positions. “There are foods to eat during sex, yet many couples do not eat during sex,” said Bareki. He also said the book includes rules of sexual enjoyment, vaginal dryness and many other interesting topics.

He shared with authors that he promotes his books through the internet and that he has already sold 10 000 copies. Other authors who graced the event were Koziba Sebina, who is a professional speaker and international success coach, Belinda Lekone who spoke about her book, ‘Against all Odds’ and Member of Parliament for Kanye South Abram Kesupile.

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