sTop Shayela

6 Sep


OK, I got quite the shock the other day, a good shock though. I also have to admit right away that I got hip to the damn thing rather late. Top Shayela, from what I saw of the TV show, is about what we in Botswana would call livin la vida loca. The episode I saw was actually the first one featuring Bonang Matheba, the SABC1 Live girl/YFM radio jock who is also the woman behind a range of bags called Baby Star with design support from our very own Koketso Chiepe. Oh one other thing, Your Girl B! also webcasts… Ggggerrrt! Its kinda, errr B*dazzling.

Yes so, it’s actually nice to see darkies we have actually met who also speak our language doing that whole American thing called flossing except, if there is any truth to anything on TV, she wasn’t flossing it really is a day in her life. What a fabulous day she had. So anyway lets not dwell on what she has and what we don’t have, lets instead think about ummmm… shall we say a day in the life of…  errr, Vee…? YAAAAAAARRRRRR! Right, guess not. That gentleman is all business, the last time Monsieur Polk interviewed him he was a dab hand at handling the interviewer and not trying to live up to any hype real or imagined.

That aside, a TV show to place local celebs on the pedestal they actually need to be on would not get very far because living la vida needs some serious cash flow invincibility. In Top Shayela its something that Bonang appears to have achieved by having two jobs, and a slew of endorsements (as in car, hair, bags and god knows what else) toping up the bank balance. Anyway, let’s take it down a notch, how about a TV show about the positive lessons that come with great achievements instead? That way no celeb has to blind kids with the material rewards, but can help keep the young uns’ focused on achieving their dreams. Actually it’s starting to sound like something an HIV/AIDS NGO might come up with and execute rather badly.

So maybe our version of Top Shayela can say focus on how not to blow your fame on an underage minor; or maybe how to avoid concerts that treat you like a warm up act even if you are beeg in Africa; one more… how about lessons in using technology to get paid on a global scale in a small market like Botswana? All romanticising aside, it is refreshing to see what is possible on our continent never mind the preference for big name global brands as an endorsement of success.

One Response to “sTop Shayela”

  1. Errol Fure September 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

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