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After his stint on Big Brother Africa, which was part of his grand plan to venture out of Botswana to explore the African market, Zibanani ‘DJ Oneal’ Madumo (36) was able to attract the attention of the audience he wished for.

Thanks to strategically placed friends, public relations representatives and a hit radio show ‘Oneal on CliffCentral’ he is now penetrating the African region. He currently records a listenership of close to 1 million and his show is the most downloaded on CliffCentral.com. He shares that as a DJ his sound has broadened to accommodate the continent. One of his favourite hotspots is Kenya where he is grateful for the heartfelt reception. “I can fill up a club in Nairobi, just me.

That was heartwarming,” says the DJ. No matter where he goes or what he does, Botswana will always be cemented in his heart. “I am not trying to compete with South Africans at being South African. Ke Motswana and that’s the commodity through which I trade.” This attitude has helped him break through glass ceilings and gained him lucrative connections. It was no easy feat to convince the corporates at his current work base, South Africa, that he is an alternative and worthy option to carry their brands.

This sturdy hunk is now the ‘Brand Influencer’ for Jeep Renegade and also one of the new ‘Brand Ambassadors’ for Aramis Black- Cologne for men. “I am currently in talks with two major shoe and clothing brands that just launched in South Africa.  Nothing is set on stone yet but I am confident that I will bag them as well. I am very choosy about where I position myself. I never chase fame instead I let fame chase me.” Oneal observes that after ten (10) years being part of the entertainment industry he understands the imperative of keeping grounded and maintaining his identity. “I also listen to that voice you hear when everyone else has stopped talking; for others it’s the voice of God, others your gut for some their conscience,” he adds.

This DJ has a strong urge for privacy, but his job unfortunately makes it difficult to keep to himself. “After you broadcast and share yourself with close to one million listeners during a radio show and in the evening I will perform at a club for about 500 hundred people. You lose a piece of yourself everyday like that. You sacrifice your time.” Don’t get him wrong he is not complaining just highlighting the fact in case you should meet him on a busy day and you are disappointed he did not give you enough time to chat with him.

He is aware that it is not easy for people to keep their edge and authentic selves particularly with online and social media. “You have people trying to Keep up with the Kardarshians; a new Blog, the latest West African invasion. Things change so quickly that so much can go right and so much can go wrong.” Oneal cemented his identity with the help of his appearance on Big Brother Africa, where he also met his girlfriend and singer, Feza, from Tanzania. Together their brand is very strong and easily recognisable.

DJ’ing is an art form like any other. It has evolved and keeps changing due to the advent of digital space. DJs now have a symbiotic relationship with their audience. He emphasises that having access to resources and the latest DJ’ing software does not make you an actual DJ. Having a great music collection in your car does not qualify you as a DJ nor does playing chart topping songs one hit tune after another. “A DJ is a DJ at heart, with or without music or equipment,” says the local export.

“For example, DJ Fresh, it’s about listening to the sound of music. A specific instinct for music, an ear for music. A DJ’s taste in music cannot be influenced by anything or anyone.” A good DJ is a good communicator one that communicates well with their music. “If you can tell a story with your set I am sold.” Oneal’s relationship with his craft goes deep, so deep he has sets at his house that no one has ever heard before; sets he uses only to channel his inspiration.

As to be expected this broad thinker’s focus is not only on DJ’ing and music. He is also devoting his time to his business details of which he refuses to share.
 “It’s not for public consumption. I am also at the research stage of my very first book. I plan to use the Christmas holidays to make progress and identify possible partners,” concludes Oneal. Aramis Black is available at Stuttafords (Airport Junction). 100ml bottle sells at P849.95 and a 50ml bottle sells at P639.95

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Botswana urged to sign Maputo

Keletso Thobega

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Botswana is one of the five countries that have been advised to sign the Maputo Protocol. Botswana, Egypt and Morocco are the only three African countries that have not signed this Protocol. Adopted in 2003 and implemented in 2005, the Maputo Protocol is a ground-breaking protocol on women and girls’ human rights, both within Africa and beyond.

It compensates for the shortcomings in the 1981 African Charter with respect to women and girls rights. It includes 32 articles on women and girls’ rights, and also provides an explicit definition of discrimination against women, which was missing in the African Charter.

The Maputo Protocol defines discrimination as “any distinction, exclusion or restriction or any differential treatment based on sex and whose objectives or effects compromise or destroy the recognition, enjoyment or the exercise by women, regardless of their marital status, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in all spheres of life.”

The State of African Women Report 2018 stipulates that more still needs to be done to implement laws and commitments to the rights of women and girls in African societies. While there has been significant improvements in addressing issues affecting women and girls over the years, the report notes that commitment to girls and women’s right is still lagging behind.

The report highlights that:
“Three in five countries in Africa do not criminalise rape, young women aged 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa are 2.5 times more likely to be infected by HIV in comparison to men in the same age group, more than half of maternal deaths worldwide occur in sub-Saharan Africa and that gender based violence and sexual assault still affects women more”.

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Mama Rampa, the Good

Yvonne Mooka

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NOBLE CALLING: Martha Rampa on a mission to rescue the underprivileged

Martha Rampa, project manager at AAP Home Based Care and Family Life Programme quit her nursing job over ten years ago to attend to the needs of orphans, poor and sick.

AAP has 3119 orphans and underprivileged children from South East, Kweneng, Kanye and Kgalagadi districts. The Non-Governmental Organisation aims at supporting, providing food, clothing, shelter, education, nursing care, counselling and supporting destitute, terminally ill patients and orphaned children.

According to Rampa, the thrust of the practice is the link between the patient and the clinical management services. “It is a person-centred approach, which ensures that patients receive the appropriate service in a supportive and effective manner. Destitute and orphaned children have over time become integral part AAP programmes,” she said.

Last Saturday, she organised an appreciation dinner for donors. It was a colourful event where beneficiaries had also come to testify about the way their lives have changed since they were enrolled.

One of the young girls said that she had given up on life as she was from a poor family. The under 15 girl said that through AAP, she managed to continue and is exceling at school. A young man under 20 said that he was moved from a settlement where he could not focus on his studies because of his family background.

AAP put him through a different school that has boarding. “At AAP, we call her mama Rampa. She is our mother and we are so blessed to have her,” he said at the event in Gaborone.

The primary aim of AAP is to rehabilitate and develop children in difficult circumstances such as orphaned children, street children, economically poor and socially oppressed children and work for the eradication of child labour and child exploitation.

Rampa said the vision is to help and give many more children a real and loving home which helps them to live and grow up to be free, healthy and independent individuals; to influence behavioural change of individuals, especially those in the realm of sex and family life and to introduce a change that will bring a transformation, which alleviates the impact of HIV/Aids infection and stops the spread of the virus within the community.

She said there were local companies that had committed themselves to giving the children food after every two weeks. Through her gift of counselling, she also assists with providing emotional and spiritual support including counselling to orphans, destitute, terminally ill and the poor. She also prays for them.

She said that since the project started in 2000, the focus was on the care of HIV/AIDS patients. Volunteers were trained to take care of terminally ill patients in their homes. “Due to lack of funds in supporting the volunteers, for three years only 45 were full time serving in the project with great results.

“A networking relationship was established with Ministry of Health/AIDS department and Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs as well as other NGOs like BOCAIP, Clinics around Gaborone and Church leaders. We effectively communicated our mission to our leaders like Counsellors, Members of Parliament and diKgosi in the areas where we are operating,” she said.

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