Botswana was rocked by tragedy in 2011 when former High Court Judge and Ombudsman committed suicide at his farm. The news broke on Twitter. His body was still warm when the social media started swirling even before the police could notify the next of kin. While most people reacted with disgust and anger, the incident marked a major shift in how Botswana deals with death in the digital era.
“My sister and I would come rushing into the house, anxiously looking for our mother around the house to show her our test results. My sister’s would read 95% dawned with a golden star, whilst mine read 80% with a measly “good job!” Our mother wouldn’t show it but she was particularly proud of my sister which always made me feel like I was falling short.
The Duke and Ditches of Sussex may not be coming to Botswana for their honeymoon, but the country’s tour operators are rubbing their hands gleefully in anticipation of a multi-million pula windfall from the hype surrounding the royal honey moon.
My old man would always make jokes about how they would not be under any obligations to take care of me beyond the age of 21. He was right. It was only out of parental courtesy that I was still able to occupy some space in my parents’ house a decade after my 21st birthday.
For most Batswana, nothing screams white man’s problem louder than depression. The condition has for a long time been perceptually linked to affluence. It was seen as a luxury reserved for only the most privileged members of society, and, thus, not really a disease at all, but the petulance of English medium school spoiled brats who want an excuse to act up.
For most couples that are grappling with infertility, the story is all too familiar. After trying for many years to have a baby the woman would go through the fertility treatment routine: diagnostic procedures, taking medication and changing diet only to discover that the man’s poor sperm count is to blame.
“Let me call you back. I am still in the children’s ward,” says Hampton’s Jazz Festival promoter Debbie Smith speaking to Lifestyle from a London (UK) hospital where she works as a nurse.
Botswana’s millennial super women seem to have it all figured out; a university degree, a well paying job, nice house, expensive clothes and an amazing network of amazing friends. They however are still struggling to figure out “why good men are so hard to find.”
Botswana’s Lady Justice must be a married man. How else do we explain that she can not mention the words “marriage” and “rape” in the same breath. While married women complain of marital rape, Lady Justice, like most married men, dismisses it as a silly oxymoron like a square circle. And Batswana married women are suffering the worst of it.
Western celebrities have always been notorious for their outrageous demands prior to performances or appearances. When appearing on the BBC’s contemporary music show ‘Later’ in 2013, controvercial US rapper Kanye West is reported to have demanded that his dressing room carpet be ironed by an assistant as it was “too bumpy.”
“…all I remember was my phone ringing off the hook –my friends all desperately trying to reach me and alert me that my naked pictures were all over social media for the world to see,” recalls Kopano Modisakwane a fourth year student at Ba Isago University who was a victim of revenge porn in 2010 at the hands of a scorned lover.
American singer, songwriter Taalib Johnson, known by his stage name Musiq Soulchild or simply Musiq is the first international act to be confirmed for the fifth installment of the Gaborone International Music & Culture Week (GIMC) jazz festival scheduled for September.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Women’s Wing this past Sunday hosted a Mother’s Day Luncheon in honor of First Lady of Botswana Neo Masisi in Gaborone. When giving her welcome address Treasurer at BDP Women’s Wing Orefitlhetse Masire said Masisi’s role as the country’s first mother will ascertain their role in the structures and development of the nation.
X-Models recently hosted a boot camp as a way to reach out to aspiring models and prepare them for the ups and downs of the industry. Lessons on etiquette and professionalism were the order of the day. ‘’We want the models to be professional, have good manners, communication skills and punctuality,” said Leatile Motlhalamme, the event coordinator.
Redds Chill step Sundays youth in arts Exhibitions is a cultural experience where pop up art galleries, fashion, craft stores and other cultural attractions from all over Botswana are displayed. The last edition celebrated all aspects of arts, being black, the black culture and black excellence.
A play titled Easily Broken is set to be staged on June 1st in Francistown at a venue yet to be announced. Penned by up and coming Director, Tlhalefang Mokibe, the play is told through the eyes of a young Motswana and includes an array of sensitive themes such as abortion, xenophobia, suicide amongst many others.
Since ages past, music has always played a very important function in mankind’s battle for emancipation. It is that decisive ingredient in the blend of strategies used by people to connect with the other world.
Young Vibrant Motswana fashion entrepreneur recently visited Johannesburg to learn about how their blooming entertainment and fashion industry. His aim was learn how to grow his business via social media, networking and finding out about marketing agencies in South Africa that may be interested in using Botswana models for advertisement.
Major Moves Comedy will once again bring back Clive Chigubu to crack patron’s ribs with his 1 Man Show. Comedy fanatics will experience top notch entertaining comedy this Thursday, April 26 at Multicuisine Restaurant at Zambezi towers in the CBD.
Following a month long suspension the much anticipated 5th instalment of the Hamptons Jazz Festival returns this Saturday, April 28 at Duma FM grounds.