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Limkokwing University (Botswana) and World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WANIFRA) this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Gaborone.

The MoU forms the basis for cooperation between the two parties in order to create a better understanding of how media houses operate and also to provide mentorship among selected female Journalism students who aspire to join the media industry.

The programme which is called Future Leaders Initiative is part of the Women In News programme which operates in a number of media houses in Botswana. Participants or WINners as they are often called, have agreed to share their experiences with the upcoming journalists who are still in school as a way of giving back to their community.

WIN Future Leaders aim at mentoring females studying Journalism so as to smoothen their entry into the industry. Around 200-250 young women will benefit from in-classroom training in various skills such as communication, presentation and digital storytelling.

Limkokwing Vice Chancellor Gape Kaboyakgosi said the event marked the parties’ longstanding commitment to one of the cornerstones of the philosophy of the university, being the primacy of industry readiness training.

“Industry readiness to us is not a by-product of teaching and learning. Rather it is a deliberate outcome of measures put in place to ensure that students emerge from our campus with solid foundations in terms of technology, analytic skills, temperament and all round ability to contribute immediately upon joining the labour force in any of the economic sectors, whether private, public or non-governmental,” he said.

WIN Future Leaders National Mentor Yvonne Mooka, who is also The Midweek Sun reporter appreciated the institution for agreeing to partner with the organisation in investing on female Journalism students. She said that the marriage will give students a glimpse of the media and what to expect. “For a long time, the media industry was male-dominated. As WIN, we are changing the status quo because we believe women too, can lead and succeed in the industry,” she said.

She challenged students to have a heart of service explaining that journalists are not celebrities but servants of the people using their power to be the voice of the voiceless and to safeguard democracy.

The Weekend Post publisher Tryphinah Dongwana-Kenalemang shared her story of how she rose in the industry. She encouraged students to be driven by passion and hard-work if they would like to succeed in media.

Kenalemang said that a media practitioner should be vision-oriented. “It takes vision to make it in the media industry. If you don’t have a vision, you won’t enjoy it,” she said. Speaking on behalf of Limkokwing Director of Academics Onalenna Phambuka, Journalism lecturer Kesolofetse Njirayafa emphasised that the partnership would empower students to become better future media practitioners.

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Kanye born actress on SA’s ‘The throne’



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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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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