FRANCISTOWN – She became a household name as an actress on Botswana Television’s drama dubbed ‘Beauty’ which took the country by storm every Tuesday nights about 4 years ago when she played the leading role Beauty. Her role solidified her arrival into the Botswana small screen and since that time she has never looked back. Born Valentine Phelefu, the vivacious actress is currently working on Beauty Season 3, a firm testament that local drama lovers are in for yet another resounding treat of her intriguing story.
Apart from the latter, she has also starred in various dramas such as ‘Pelo eja serati’, which beamed on Msanzi Magic channel on DStv, where she played a character called ‘Sesha’. Phelefu (30) holds a BA in Communication and Marketing from Monash University in South Africa and she’s this week’s celebrity crush…
What do you like doing in your spare time?
My spare time is always my uninterrupted time to read. I am currently on a good read by Marrianne Williamson titled “Tears to Triumph”.
Who is your celebrity crush?
It used to be Idris Elba. But for now, I am not crushing on anyone!
Are you single?
I am taken.
How would someone get your special attention?
Not anyone would but if close to the heart some chivalry comes automatic.
What has been your best or worst date?
My best dates are always with my mother and daughter. Plenty of them and they have all been breathtaking.
What would you change your name to?
For what for who? I just love my names the way they are!
I laugh at this because I sometimes wonder why my mum didn’t give me a Setswana name. I wouldn’t change it to anything because it was given for a reason. My mother had emotions and a series of events that led to her calling me Valentine. She says it was inspired by the first woman to go to space, Valentine Treshkova.
Would you date a fan?
What’s your biggest pet peeve something?
Working with people that lacks initiative.
What’s your most annoying habit?
I grind my teeth in my sleep (at night) and it annoys the one next to me. It’s called Bruxism I’m told. And wearing mouth guard has become so uncomfortable I can’t deal.
Do you ever get used to being a celebrity?
I have never even treated myself as one and neither do I look at myself as superior than the other person! I am just me, doing me, at my own pace.
Who is your source of inspiration?
Kgomotso Christopher! She is amazing in this lane of industry and I am thankful to being coached by her allies such as Kgomotso Ditshwene (who played Gladys on Generations) and Sello Maake ka Ncube. Working with them has been an all amazing stepping stone into the industry for me.
Do you speak any language?
Yes. I am born to a Malawian and Tswana. So I speak Chichewa and Senna. A bit of Swahili and Zulu. I can take chances with iKalanga as well.
Where would like to visit?
I have a lot of countries in mind to be precise. Cairo in Egypt is next. But my heart beats for the USA and Canada.
If you were not famous. What would you be up to?
I would still be maintaining the same lane. Its work, school, gym and motherhood and of course travelling is still a must for me.
Who is the messiest person you know?
No one comes to my mind yet.
What’s the most interesting thing you have read or seen this week?
This week I came across Dr. Joe Vitale’s quote when he said “It’s really important that you feel good because the feeling good is what goes out as a signal into the universe and starts to attract more of itself to you. So the more you feel good, the more you will attract things that help you feel good, and are able to keep bringing you up higher and higher. I subscribe to Dr. Joe Vitale and Bob Proctor’s teachings.
What would you like to be remembered about you?
I am a free-spirited person and as long as I can make another person smile I am the happiest. I love people and it makes me happy if I am able to add value to another person’s life.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Anything is possible; you can be what you aspire as long as you don’t sleep on yourself.