Thursday, September 28, 2023

A chance for Tshenolo’s star to rise

When a star is born, there is that striking brightness, energy and vigour and that is the case with My Star’s new presenter.

Meet Tshenolo Mokgosi, the new kid on the block in the talent search prime-time television programme.

She hails from Ramotswa, a village led by Kgosi Mosadi Seboko, who, as a female kgosi, has inspired many young women into leadership.

“Mosadi Seboko has always been my role model. I grew up believing that being a woman will not discourage me to be the best at anything. I wanted to be the first woman leader in Botswana, even being a chief but it is too bad I am not of royal blood. I believe I can do anything not just because I am a woman, but because I know I can do it,” she said with a smile.

Mokgosi possesses a high level of confidence and this, she said, has helped her in aiming for higher goals in life. She said this is what has also got her the chance to be the face of the very popular talent search platform in Botswana.

It is an undisputed fact that many cannot help but wish to see them singing in this lucrative show, but being a presenter is a cherry on top. Mokgosi says she believes she can do anything at any given time and that keeps her going.

She is inquisitive, outgoing and friendly.

Off screen, Mokgosi is just your usual girl next door, always laughing and showing a lot of humility. She describes herself as a ‘once shy girl who has beaten the odds’.

“I actually make sure that I do not look shy when I am on the show. I am also a people’s person and like hanging out with people as I am also an easy going person,” said Mokgosi.

Many who have seen her with her ‘go-get ÔÇôthe-answers’ type of interviewing when interviewing the auditioning contestants will agree that she can reach levels even beyond borders.

In presentation, she may be compared to former SABC 1 Live presenter, Bonang Matheba, or even South Africa’s US export, Nonhle Thema, when it comes to livening up the show. Mokgosi also says she got her inspiration from the likes of Penny Lebyane of Motswako on SABC 2.

She explains that she is not in the industry for fame and fortune, unlike many people.  Mokgosi says she believes presenting is for the people watching the show and one should not do it for herself or himself as she owes the performance to those watching him or her.

She describes herself as a determined and ambitious go-getter. Mokgosi is not a stranger to the television audience as she was once one of the face of The Voice newspaper competitions and presenting an educational programme on Commerce on Botswana Television. 

Unlike many of the youth, especially those who find themselves in this popular industry, Mokgosi says she neither drinks nor parties.

She says she is a ‘stay home’ kind of girl.

“The youth have to have a plan in life. You should make a sequence about what you want to achieve at this time and that time. This will make it easier for you to be focused in life,” said Mokgosi.
Mokgosi now pursues an Associate Degree in Marketing at Limkokwing University and says she hopes one day she will be the voice of a big company or a marketing executive.

The My Star talent competition will be launched on 1 March and it will hit the BTV screen on Sunday 3 March.


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