The internet, one of the greatest invention to grace the universe. I really don’t know where I’d be without the internet, it has seen me through the good and bad times and it still does to date. It has made life easier for many if not all, we get to communicate with people in all sorts of platforms being it emails, social media platforms, IMs and the like. Some also use it to educate as well as entertain people through relevant platforms.
Batswana have since joined the huge phenomenon that the internet is, they are tapping into the internet madness going on, and we see a lot of people using all sorts of platform to entertain themselves. Today The Sopranst Blog features one of Botswana’s YouTubers. It’s not every day we meet a lot of Batswana on this platform, let’s hear what HE had to say.

Tell the readers briefly about yourself?
My name is Ontwetse Esa Seipato but everyone calls me Esa, it’s easier for everyone to pronounce (I am surrounded by a bunch of lazy people). I am 23 years old and I’m a YouTuber

You are a YouTuber why did you choose that route in the entertainment industry?
A year and a half ago I didn’t know that there was more to YouTube beyond BeyoncĂ©’s music videos, I didn’t know that YouTube was an amazing platform where young people expressed themselves through video.
I moved to Turkey in 2013 and after posting a Facebook video of me strolling around Istanbul my good friend Bradley suggested that I start a blog about my new life in Turkey. I listened to him (boy oh boy am I glad I did!)And I have never looked back since then. I’ve had a lot of help with the decision to become a YouTuber, I don’t think we would be having this conversation if there wasn’t a Bradley.

Where do you get ideas about your videos?
I get my videos ideas from everywhere, but my top 3 got to places to get inspired are my shower, my toilet and the metro bus. I spend a lot of time in those three places.

You have a lot of videos in Turkish, why did you decide to Vlog in both English and Turkish?
I used to Vlog only in English but then as I kept uploading my videos I noticed that I was gaining a lot of loyal very sweet Turkish following and thought that I should make them feel at home too when they watch my videos.

How do you feel about your very first Video you posted?
That was the most embarrassing video I have ever made IN MY LIFE, I kept it private deep in space right now. It shall never be seen again, well, HOPEFULLY.

What kind reactions/response do you get from people, being a Motswana who speaks fluent Turkish?
My friends back home always joke that with the amount of Turkish I speak there won’t be any Setswana left in me when I come back home. I love them but they are silly, I would never forget my beautiful language!

You have almost a million views (850,000++) on your YouTube channel, when would you say was your breakthrough video?
I have never had a viral video. All my videos start out slow and gain traction over time. I would say my channel started growing once I started telling a story instead of being all over the place with random videos.

Share with Batswana about your experience as a YouTuber and how long you’ve been doing it and what you intend to do next.
YouTube has been my best friend for the past two years, it is my place of HAPPY a place where I can let all my stupid out. It is a platform that has allowed me to be creative and establish precious relationships with people all over the World.

You are in a vigorously growing industry how are you differentiating your brand from the rest of the other YouTubers?
You are right, YouTube is a sea of content right now with millions of different personalities posting their work every day. Making your content as unique as possible has become paramount on the platform, so I try to stay as authentic as possible to my true self because that is the only way I believe you can stand out by simply being you and no one else.

What’s your favourite ITEM you never leave the house without?
My necklace. It has a Picture of a street I love called Istiklal Taksim embedded on it

Who’s your favourite Motswana YouTuber?
Pink Identity and thisotherguy. YouTube has made us very good friends

Turkey or Botswana?
Botswana ALWAYS

Your secret to your every growing following.
I allow my viewers to see me be stupid and I always have a lot of fun when shooting my videos. If you have fun your audience will too.

How do you balance school and your YouTube ‘Job’
That is something I am still working on. My videos have subtitles and editing them usually takes around 4 hours and that’s a lot of time if I have a hectic schedule at school.
I sometimes take breaks in between posting videos to balance out the two out and it helps a lot. I usually take long breaks during exam period and I always feel awful when I have to be away from my viewers that long.

Any Motswana Entertainer or YouTuber you’d love to meet or work with in the future?
I am salivating over the possibility of working with Gaona Tlhasana one day, I hope she sees this. She is one of my favourite people.

Any tips for anyone who’d love to tap on that growing industry?
Grab a camera now and start making videos! Do not overthink it but just know that, that very first video you are going post might turn up being disastrous but KEEP GOING, Rome wasn’t built in a day RIGHT!!!

What do you think about the reception you get from Batswana about your Vlogging and the rest of the world?
Batswana have been very supportive of my videos and I appreciate that. I am impatiently waiting for the day YouTube becomes this HUGE phenomenon in my country the way it is in countries like the UK ,USA and Turkey because I know that Batswana has a lot of stories to tell.

Any plans in the next 24 months? What should we expect?
I going to work on being a very good publicist in the next two years and as far as my channel goes I will have over 200 thousand subscribers (a man can hope right).

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It is every young girl’s dream to look ‘The Part’ at all times. Beauty, like many always say, IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. Beauty is when you look at yourself in the mirror and say, “WOW! I AM gorgeous, I AM Fierce and above all, I AM Extremely BEAUTIFUL”.

Many may argue that beauty comes from God, but by the looks of things, many still believe they can create it themselves. Altering one’s beauty is a manipulative tactic used to make a person believe in something which is not. Would it be wrong for someone to say they have been deceived because they have been given a different picture rather than the actual? I can only imagine the disappointment of learning that one is a victim of Fakery. We are now leaving in the 21st century where people are selling each other dreams.
It is also said that beauty is vain, and that it covers a multitude of sins, but still, it’s no longer matters of the heart that matter anymore. People instinctively trust and love the beautiful they SEE, never looking beyond that. Most of those in desperation of being beautiful lack self-confidence and will go to every extent to look “beautiful” so as to receive compliments and feel appreciated. If only people allowed the chemistry in their bodies to communicate, the world would be a better place, people will learn from other people’s mistakes, which in turn will serve as guiding flames.

Have you ever stopped and thought about how these beauty enhancement products are made and the effects they have on your skin? Take Lipsticks and eye-shadows for example, every girls’ ‘must have’ piece of Makeup, they contain lead and carcinogens that affect the nervous system leading to high blood pressure, allergies, behavioural abnormalities and even decreased rate of fertility. So ladies, every time you spend five hours in front of the mirror with your face beat under heavy make-up, know that you are slowly limiting your chances to reproduce as well as increasing chances of getting chronic diseases.
It is indeed true that there is a price you pay for everything, the price one pays for beauty includes the worsening of wrinkles, lines and spots that one was attempting to conceal, ultimately making them look older than they actually are. Imagine looking fifty at the age of thirty just because you wanted to entice someone who is probably not a part of your life at that particular point in time. Someone who will not even look at you twice because your miserable face is more likely to remain etched in his mind for the rest of his life. Why is it that people fail to think about the repercussions of their actions before making a decision?
Natural is beautiful, and it is free. One gets to be herself around people without any fear of changing within a split second, or even having to worry about mistakenly rubbing off their eyebrows while hugging someone.

Who are we to be unsatisfied with what has God created knowing it would suit us? Everyone is beautiful in their own way that is why it is STILL said ‘BEAUTY IS IN THE EYES OF A BEHOLDER. The one who truly loves you, will find you beautiful just as you are, with or without makeup.

By Amantle Poloka
            I have been blogging about talent for quite some time and I have even featured artists on my blog, readers who follow my work will be familiar with my saying time and time again that the music industry is taking a different track in Botswana. Is it for the good or for the worst? Well it’s up to how each individual sees it. In my opinion the industry is growing rapidly and the ‘SMART’ artists and entrepreneurs are making use of the opportunities the industry is dishing out.
            Batswana artists are always complaining about how people don’t buy their music. My question is “What are they doing about it or what have they done to date?” Complaints without any resolution ideas are merely deemed as NOISE.

                                                                                               Article by Abbie Ndlovu  

            It has been 7 weeks since we celebrated Botswana's 49th year of Independence and I am sitting here reminiscing on that Independence week. I was blessed to have worked only the Monday and had the rest of the week off. As you can imagine, I utilized my free week to the max! I traveled a bit, attended the Independence Eve event that was at the National Stadium (amazing fireworks!) and attended three weddings (if I don't count the one wedding we found at the church my friends were going to use for their wedding). I never had any time to rest.  It took three solid days out of the following week for me to fully recover - mind, body and soul.
Speaking of weddings, apparently Independence week will go down history as the week with the most perfect wedding dates. I found myself on Wednesday the 30th of September, my country Botswana's Independence Day, rendering a poem at one of my friends' wedding and having to rush to another wedding immediately after that. The second wedding of the day was going to be a night wedding. Without much rest from the day's two events, I had to pack a night bag plus my outfit for another wedding the next day. I had to go spend the night at a friend's house because we were travelling to a small village 2.5 hours out of town and the transport we were using was leaving in the wee hours of Thursday morning at a place closer to my friend's house. Almost all conversations the wind threw my way that week were about weddings. All the three weddings I attended (if I'm counting that other wedding we found at church - all four) were of young couples. By that I mean people my age and younger, the youngest bride was 23 years old. This had me wondering to myself if this influx of young people getting married signifies a maintenance of equilibrium in the mindset of society?
          So big S.C.A.R dropped our own local Version of Bitch Better Have My Money single, NTUELENG which is his latest radio single offering from his upcoming Album REDemption.

SCAR is one of the Hip/Hop talents in Botswana that has been in the game for quite along time and has managed to stay relevant in the industry, compared to some Hip Hop stars who just vanished into thin air, I mean like what happened to those MCs who were featured on the All Kasi Anthem Launch? They just pulled a Sthandwa Mmopi on us (Remember Flava Dome the RE GO TSHOTSE GIRL with Thabiso Nasha, she done hibernated)