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Botswana content producers exhibition on Friday

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Scores of content producers will showcase their work on Friday at the inaugural Botswana Content Producers exhibition. The first of its kind event will be held at Gaborone Main Mall from 8am until 6pm and entrance is free. The one-day exhibition, organised by The Botswana Opportunity, in conjunction with BOFINET, Botswana Tourism, CC Kgolagano and CC Think, will attract leading production houses, industry captains, TV channels, Pay TV operators, mobile platforms, regulatory bodies, as well as media influencers, buyers and sellers of content.

According to the organisers, the platform will give all the role players recognition and accord them a platform to trade their work in the local and international content markets. Speaking at a press conference held this past Thursday, promoter Gilbert ‘PP’ Seagile noted that it was high time that the film industry, which he said had long been neglected, grows in leaps and bounds. A reputable promoter who doesn’t limit his scope of interest, Seagile said Botswana had gifted and qualified individuals who could develop a vibrant film industry. Cassim Kowa of CC Think said that for a long time now, foreigners had come to Botswana to make money and left the indigenous locals broke.

He cited The Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency movie, which was shot in Botswana. “The lead actors were foreigners. Our locals were engaged as extras or small-scale suppliers. Our people were closed out. Foreigners came here to make money off us,” he said. Kowa pointed out that it was possible for locals to use their own resources to market the country. “For example, Nomina, who is a Motswana based in Germany, released a great song, Don’t Cry Africa, with brilliant video for it. If you saw the video, you would not believe that the scenery was shot in Mogobane village,” he said. Kowa noted that it was the prerogative of Batswana to take themselves and the industry seriously, and strive to be active role players in the craft.

“Some foreigners partner with locals treat them to extravagant dinners and drinks, and that is all the reward for their ideas and input.” In his remarks, Benjamin Raletsatsi of CCL Kgolagano, who is also active in the local film industry, explained that the film industry had to be resurrected, emphasising that Botswana had a great pool of talent to create some of the best content globally. Another speaker was Reverend Botswelelo Tsekane, who is a scriptwriter, producer and director. He said the film industry was riddled by many challenges but he was confident that with the team now in place, things would get better. The former Botswana Film Association director noted that it was important to emphasise that film was not limited to acting but the whole scope of work of putting together a production. He also emphasised that it was important for Batswana to learn to be united. “There is space for everyone to shine. We should uplift each other because that way, we all benefit and succeed.”

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Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego drop love sin gle

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NEW OFFERING: Benson & Diva Vebrok’s listening session rocked

Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego recently released their joint single titled Ha o ka leba. The two launched the song at a listening session at Greenberry Gardens. Music artists including Nono, Franco and promoters PP and Gloria Dzwikiti as well as other industry role players flocked the venue to listen to what the two have to offer and they were not disappointed.

The single is good quality – from the melody, lyrics, rthyme and production. The divine diva Diva Vebrok adds a golden touch with her smooth voice while the bold and eloquent Phutego’s voice complements hers as he breaks out into poetry.

Director of ceremony at the listening session Berry Heart also kept the crowd galvanised throughout the night with her energetic spirit. President of Music Promotions Zenzele Hirschfield expressed appreciation for the support rendered to the two and highlighted that it is important for artists to support one another. “I am honoured to see that that many people in the local music industry have come out to support their fellow artists.

This means a lot and we really need to unite as artists all the time,” she said. She sang praises for Diva Vebrok who she said was passionate and hard working. “She is more than just an artist but also an influencer and entrepreneur. She is one of the women in the music industry who work hard and never give up on their craft,” she said.

Phutego impressed the crowd with his words of wisdom as he appreciated being featured by Ve brok on the single. “It was great working with her as she is passionate and hard working. Women are the pillars of society and as such they should be respected. I have no regrets about this project because I am confident that we produced a great love song.”

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Model Olorato Erica going places

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Tall and slender with striking features, Olorato Erica Moalosi turns heads everywhere she goes. This unique beauty has graced True Love magazine, been the face of the Mascom derby, Fashion without borders and the De Beers Forever Mark Diamond campaign among many others. She is a globetrotter with plans to take the global modeling world by storm and she sure has what it takes to be counted among the best.

The God fearing young woman who was born and schooled in Lobatse, was raised in the Guta Ra Mwari (Zvimiso) church. Straight from the streets of Woodhall, she went to school at Lesedi la pela before completing her secondary school at Crescent School. In school, she loved sport and took part and excelled in basketball and athletics. She started with beauty pageants in kindergarten but only fell in love with modeling in 2010.

After completing her Form five, she had not performed too well and took a gap year to re-write her IGCSE examinations. She then had time to explore her other interest and that is when she found her passion in modeling. After re-writing, she went on to do short courses in business, entrepreneurship, insurance and Portuguese. This kept her busy and gave her competitive leverage in the work sector but her love for modeling remained unchanged.

Moalosi says that the journey to modeling was stressful although it paid off in the end. She started off as a beauty queen and was a finalist in Miss Teen Universe Botswana Finalist in 2008 and 2013, and Miss Vision 2016 in 2013. In 2016 she made it to the top 16 of Miss Botswana and was crowned Miss Global International Botswana in 2016.

She joined Gemstones in 2011. “A friend of mine believed in the potential God bestowed in me and paid for my auditions at the time. Little did I know that experience would change my life! I was top four in Gemstones and had my first magazine feature.”

To date, her career highlights include Gaborone Fashion Week (2012), Independence Fashion Show (2013), Masa Square Hotel Fashion Show (2014-2017), President’s Day Competitions (2014-2018), Fashion Without Borders Fashion Show (2015-2017), Woolworths Fashion Show (2016), Mascom Derby Fashion Show (2017), Forever Mark Diamond Showcase (DeBeers) Africa (2017), True Love Magazine Night Of Style Fashion Show (2018), which was held in South Africa, Zimbabwe Fashion Week (2018) and Africa Fashion International Johannesburg Fashion Week (2018) as well as Look Of The Year Competition (2018),where she was chosen out of the whole of Africa to represent Botswana in China.

Moalosi says that for one to excel as a model, they should preserve and also be consistent, passionate, authentic, disciplined and professional. She points out that Botswana is still lagging behind in growing the modeling industry, but there is progress. “We need to stick together. Let’s nurture and grow the talent we have. Furthermore, more seminars should be held to equip aspiring models with knowledge and skills about the industry. Just because one is tall, it does not mean one can be a model. But stakeholders such as the Ministry Of Youth Sports And Culture Development have made effort and other companies and individuals should come on board.”

Moalosi says that in modeling one day in you’re in and the next you are out. “My secret weapon is prayer. I believe in the beauty of my dreams. The fact that I may not be where I aspire to be also keeps me going. I aspire to be better than Model Erica from 2011 and grab every opportunity that comes my way.” She advises aspiring models to never give up on their dreams. She also says that it is important to do research and that rejection is sometimes necessary because it is meant to be a form of motivation. She adds: “Confidence is the best outfit you can wear as a model.”

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