POWER GIRL : 2017 Top 5 women news makers
BY RORISANG MOGOJWE
Botswana successfully hosted the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup and at the helm of it was none other than the face of netball, Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego. Lebotse-Sebego boasts of vast experience in netball. She knows the sport inside out, having been a player and heading the Botswana Netball Association since 2007. In September, President Ian Khama honoured her contribution to local sports. Thanks to her and the NWYC local organizing committee, Botswana remains with a good netballing legacy from hosting the World Cup.
Popularly known as ‘Mma V’, Pelonomi Venson made headlines this year when she contested for and unfortunately lost the African Union Commission chairmanship position with candidates from other regions of Africa. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission is the chief executive officer, legal representative and the commission’s accounting officer. She is the country’s top diplomat as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation since 2014.
The former journalist was elected into Parliament as a specially elected MP in 1999, and has served as minister in five different portfolios. Most memorably in the education hot seat where she withstood criticism. Known as ‘Mother of the House’, Mma V enjoys the respect of both allies and foes alike in the National Assembly.
The First Lady of entertainment, Zen, is one of the most respected music promoters in the country and she has been in the game for 16 years. Just last month, the entertainment moghul celebrated her 16 year anniversary in royal fashion. She made headlines when she celebrated her achievements as the country’s best female promoter in the male dominated field. The celebration was held under the theme, ‘The Lady, Her Strength and Her Friends’. Despite the challenges she encountered, Mama Zen, as most of her artists call her, is still standing tall and aims to continue doing so to prove to her male counterparts that women also have the strength and capability of being a game-changer in the local music industry. Zen is also the first woman to head the Botswana Entertainment Promoters Association-BEPA as President.
Nicole was crowned Miss Botswana 2017 in September, to the disappointment of many who had hoped that Uua Murangi would walk away with the title. She contested five times before finally scooping the title, proving that determination and tenacity can go a long way in making one’s dreams come true. Nicole is currently in China where she will represent the country at the Miss World grand finale which will be held on Saturday, 18 November 2017.
Kenewendo made headlines last year when she became the youngest Member of Parliament, after she was specially elected to the National Assembly. In 2017 she made her voice heard during the Public Accounts Committee hearings of which she is a member, where she grilled top government officials over their ministry’s accounts. Until her appointment, Kenewendo lived and worked in Ghana as a trade economist in the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the government of Ghana. She is passionate about development; poverty eradication, reducing inequalities and empowering women and youth.