The showbiz duo of Peelo Mookodi and Reagile Kopi will soon return to our living rooms as presenters of the second season of Travelogue television programme. The tourism and hospitality weekly television magazine show, which was previously presented by Khumo Kgwaadira will soon beam again on the national broadcaster, Botswana Television (BTV) after its production commenced on Monday this week.
Surprisingly, the new presenters were among the four public favourite hosts of the popular GIMC festival at the national stadium last year. Peelo is not new to television after her short stint with Access TV and is excited about her newly found endeavour.
“I am very excited, mainly to travel my country and get to connect with my culture and taste all our traditional foods. The auditions were very tough, I had been out of the TV game for a few months following the digital migration of Access TV where I was a presenter every Friday night; so this made me realize how much I missed and really love TV. So I knew, by God’s grace, I had to get the job. I am a great fan of travel; it’s just very unfortunate that travel in Botswana is very expensive.”
Quizzed what has prompted her rise to fame in a short spell, the Ramotswa-born who idolizes South African socialite Bonang Matheba has vowed to continue working hard until her success. “I draw my inspiration from Bonang (Matheba). She turned her dreams into a reality and is really living her dream. I hope to one day be half the woman she is; and continue to inspire young girls like me.”
Meanwhile, her co-host, Kopi is also extremely happy to be the new hostess after undergoing a thorough audition process. The former Rea Online and Mantlwaneng presenter has further thanked former presenter, Kgwaadira for the motivation when they met during her short RB2 stint.
“I’m just really happy to be back on national TV! Last time I was on TV with a proper paying job was Mantlwaneng / My African Dream. I’ve always had plans that this year I would be on television. I love the digital world but Batswana are still warming up to it and that’s okay. We will get there. The Travelogue audition process was hectic! Nothing was easy at all. They made sure I earn this job due to my experience in media, which was good. It’s what I wanted, a new challenge. Furthermore, Kgwaadira has been helpful and to succeed her on her former show is humbling.”
Studio 24, a local company producing the show had over 150 people coming for auditions late last year and only 26 were shortlisted. They then went from Top 10, Top 6 and Top 5 respectively.