Mmegi Online :: Miss Botswana organisers hopeful for TV show
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Miss Botswana organisers hopeful for TV show

After the success of last year when they produced a Miss World first princess in Emma Wareus, the Miss Botswana Pageant organisers early this week announced they are working on a television production for a reality show highlighting behind-the-scene shots and interviews of the 2011 pageant scouting.
By Staff Writer Fri 18 Jan 2019, 10:43 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Miss Botswana organisers hopeful for TV show








They hope the series would give viewers an insight into what the critical factors in the making of a beauty queen, besides branding the pageant, are.

The production would then be filmed on a partner television network, the organisers said at a media briefing where they told journalists that the success of the Miss Botswana pageant has attracted interest from several television networks, especially after it managed to produce a world beauty last year.  Since Bissau Gaobakwe and business partner, Thapelo Pabalinga, took over the Miss Botswana pageant and revamped its image and integrity three years ago, the pageant has never been shown on national television.

In the first year, the organisers were frustrated as Botswana Television (Btv) demanded to be paid.  This, despite the fact that the channel has traditionally been paying over P200 000 for covering events like the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) annual awards, Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) awards, and lately the My Star television show.

Miss Botswana 2011 pageant starts this Saturday with talent scouting at Serowe Hotel where beauties in and around the Central District headquarters are expected to come forward and show the

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organisers what they have to offer.  The scouting will be done at Kanye's Motse Lodge on March 5, and Francistown's Thapama Lodge on March 12 while Gaborone scouting will be held over two days, March18 - 19 at the President Hotel, with the grand finale following on June 4 at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).

Gaobakwe advised that the Miss Botswana Pageant should not be seen as just a beauty contest, but a rare platform through, which the Botswana brand, in all its aspects is showcased to over 2.3 billion viewers around the world through international television channels.  "The amount of publicity that Botswana got when Emma Wareus was seen and heard on television is just enormous; the likes of BEDIA, Botswana Tourism Organisation and other promoters of Botswana image beyond our borders, would pay billions of Pula for publicity like that," he said. 
He went on: " It is more than a pageant, it is all about the whole image of the country, and we all should look at the bigger picture and keep the excitement going regardless of daily internal politics."

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