When most Batswana imagine a happy marriage, they always picture a man and a woman sharing a home and raising children.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi last week offi cially launched Room 50two Hotel at i-Towers (CBD), Gaborone.
Speakers of the Queen’s language have a long standing debate on whether you effect or affect an accent. The controversy over the grammar however fades in comparison to the actual slipping into an American or British accent which has now become a cause célèbre among local armchair linguists.
In the early 90s AIDS was all over the news and Batswana cringed at the thought of sharing the same drinking cup with an HIV infected friend. Most would not even touching or use the same toilet with an HIV positive colleague.
Botswana went into a tailspin recently when Gaborone Mayor Kagiso Thutlwe was accused by BMD activist Sesame Nakedi of raping her. The national reaction hacked back to the Hollywood riposte at the rape allegations levelled against veteran actor Bill Cosby film producer Harry Weinstein and movie actor Morgan Freeman.
When I was growing up, my parents forbade me from playing with the kids down the street because they were uncouth and would swear “your mother this or your father that” at the drop of a hat.
Profanity was associated with poor breeding and illiteracy. Swearing was believed to be common among low class people who wasted all their days imbibing traditional brews.
If you are planning a festive season celebration this December, there is a better-than-even chance that you are banking in part on the windfall from your Motshelo.
In Botswana nothing answers the in sadness and in joy cliché like Motshelo, a homegrown association of colleagues united voluntarily to meet their common economic needs through a jointly-owned enterprise.
‘The Life Changing Concert with Joyous Celebration’ is set to take place at the UB Indoor Sports Arena later this year, on August 2018.
Culturally enforced gender norms have a high probability of leading to a prolonged period of misery in teenagers and must be dealt with at the early adolescence stage. These were the findings of a research titled “The impact of gender norms on adolescents” which was carried out in Botswana over a period of ten years and is due for publishing in a Journal in August this year.
Situated comfortably among corporate buildings just outside Gaborone’s Main Mall along Independence Avenue, the spot is not what one would call the ideal spot for a trendy café. But two years after first opening doors The Daily Grind café seems to be going nowhere soon.
China: Seat 4B, second cabin and the time was 9:32 in the morning when I embarked on journey from Wuhan to Yichangdong in Hubei Province, a part of China. It was my first time traveling on a speed train. During the ride my eyes were fixed to the views outside, taking in the marvel of seeing China from inside a bolting train.
Masa Square Hotel have launched the fifth instalment of their Fashion Show, and Fashion Mentorship program under the theme: Fashion in the Digital Age. The event was launched at a cocktail dinner hosted by the hotel recently. This year’s will be Masa Hotel’s fifth season of the renowned fashion show, and the second year for their Fashion Mentorship Program.
Local businesses are not exactly rubbing their hands gleefully in anticipation of a Father’s Day business windfall. Botswana marketers do not seem keen to get behind Father’s Day.
Picture this; you adopt a 13 year old girl, you provide, support, love and care for her, instil values in her as a parent should, watch her grow into a beautiful young woman. She turns 21 and you suddenly see her as a potential wife or sex partner. Sounds like a plot twist from a weird movie right? Wrong.
Legendary and accomplished South-African rapper ProVerb performed at Chez Nicholas (i-Towers, CBD) last week (June 7th) as part of his celebrations for the 13th anniversary of his album 'The Book of ProVerb'. The explosive concert featured local artists Scar, Fosta Juliano and Ban T.
The famous Setswana children’s hide and seek game, Black Mampatile, is set to make a return albeit played by adults, at a larger scale, with a twist, and involving an actual winner’s prize. Think the local version of ‘The Amazing Race’. Brought back by Sports Botswana, the organizers call it a “sports tourism” competition.
The year 2018 has been a memorable year for Botswana. This has been especially so for the community of Khawa which has continued to benefit from the Khawa Dune Challenge and support from organizations committed to uplifting its people. The BIHL Trust in this vein were among the proud sponsors of the challenge for 2018 which took place last May.
The 6th annual Lobatse International Beef Festival (LIBF), scheduled for the Lobatse Town Park on the 30th of June 2018, has revealed popular South African dance music singer Lady Zamar as their headlining act. The LIBF aims to promote the beef industry in Botswana to the residents of Botswana in a fun-filled family atmosphere.
Local fusion duo, Taola, have signed their third single ‘Freedom’ under London based record label ‘Reel People’. The song, which blends afrobeat rhythms with the richness of African elements get sober in their lyricism with a call for ‘freedom’.
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.