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Afro Pop star Eugene Jackson is born again

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Gone are the days when Afro-Pop star Eugene Jackson used to wear dreadlocks. He is now spotting a shaved head, something he started when he got serious with the Lord in 2013.

While some people say he is now a pastor owning a church, the 34 year-old man says he is an evangelist. He shares the Word of God everywhere he goes and on social media. He is a member of Open Baptist Church in Gaborone. Jackson has been away in South Africa where he was studying music and only came back late last year. But one thing that makes him a happy man is his spirituality.  

Though he grew up in church, the son of Jazz legend Clement Jackson, states that the world of fame nearly led him astray. “Even though I wasn’t into drugs, I was a heavy drinker,” he says. His friend Oneal of the Big Brother fame would then invite him to church in 2010 but he stopped going within a short period of time. Vee Mampeezy also invited him to church but it also did not work. He got to be revived when he got to South Africa and joined Kingdom Authority Bible church. “I believe we are spirit beings on human journey. It is God first then the rest,” he says.

He however warns locals to be alert when it comes to matters of faith saying they should stop running after visiting prophets and miracles. “We already have a Messiah in Jesus and no other Messiah will come. Stop running after pastors,” he says. Despite being a Christian, Jackson is still an Afro Pop musician at heart.

He believes that musicians should not make hasty decisions when they get born again, explaining that they will blame God when they fail. His new single ‘Caroline’ is currently enjoying massive airplay in the local radio stations. It is a prelude to his upcoming album, which has the best African producers from Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

His advice to young people is to encourage those who would want to be in the entertainment industry to think hard because ‘only one out of ten smiles are genuine.’ He says the industry is full of infighting.

His highlight has been sharing the stage with his father over the years. He says he also looks up to his mother for inspiration.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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