Resego brings hope to the hopeless through soulful ballads
Born as the only child in Good Hope, a village in the Southern District of Botswana a few decades ago, Resego Motlhokathari never imagined he would one day in future turn out to be a radio and TV star. After first cutting his teeth with Duma FM, Motlhokathari joined the long and snaking queues at the Mass Media Complex to audition for a show he now hosts dubbed ‘Sunday Ballads’ which roars every Sunday evening on RB2.
Backed by nothing but sheer determination, he never looked back and as they say, the rest is history. Fast-forward to today, Motlhokathari has now become a force to reckon with and arguably one of the best talents at the government’s only commercial station. The rising radio star also doubles as a presenter for the popular talent show, My Star, which beams on Botswana Television (BTV) every Sunday.
#BotswanaUnplugged recently had a sit-down with him centered around his career, future plans and just about anything in his star-studded life…
Anyone who doesn’t know you but religiously scours your social media accounts will mistake you for a seasoned and outspoken motivational speaker. What motivates your daily posts?
I am a very observant person and I also like listening to other peoples’ stories because there is always something to learn about the human behavior and also about you. I love it when people are happy; I just give general advices based on my personal experiences and also what other people are always going through in their daily lives. On the other hand, I believe God has given me so much wisdom, and I will be selfish not to share it with the world. Yes, on several occasions I am invited to host motivational sessions and I always make sure I rise to the occasion.
Congratulations on being one of the most consistent radio and television personalities locally even though we all know tomorrow you could be replaced. How do you maintain consistency and relevance?
I always tell people that “Your crown has been bought and paid for”; all you need to do is to just put it on”. I’m always in competition with myself, by becoming better each time I get to listen or watch myself. If you stay in your lane, people will respect you for that; and even when your career has taken a different direction, you remain relevant to all those who admired your character and art. People are always sabotaging others within this industry, trying to be at the top or being relevant than you. Funny enough, I’ve mastered the art of being calm and no one can never really dim my shine”.
Say you were to leave tomorrow, how would you want to be remembered?
I want people to remember “Resego Motlhokathari”. How I made them feel at some point in their lives. Simple!
Besides all the glitz and glamour of being a media personality, what else do you do?
I am a graduate of Limkokwing University with a Bachelor’s Degree BSC in Information Technology as well as the Botswana Accountancy College where I attained a Post Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management. I am also an accredited Soft Skills, Technical Skills trainer, Assessor and I have been a Training Manager for some big brands in Botswana. Guess What? I am still schooling at ABM University, working on yet another qualification. Several qualifications I have as well. People always assumed I studied Media Studies but no!
That’s big, securing the future by educating yourself, and this brings us to where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I want to have my own Radio and TV Talk show that addresses wide-ranging social issues. I also want to give more to the community and most importantly be a source of inspiration to the youth of Botswana. Furthermore, I want to be the best version of myself because everybody else is taken.
What else would you like to achieve before rigor mortis?
I want to be happy and that’s not too hard to ask. I’ve always said that, most people die during their youth days (25-35) because that’s when you start finding yourself after those university qualifications and that you start competing with other people, the world and not yourself. You look at what the other person has rather than what you can do to improve what God has given you. You become selfish, thinking life is all about you.
Thank you for your time, and do you have anything else worth sharing?
First and foremost, I am always thankful for all the love because it makes me want to do more each time. I will let you know when the time is right but all that I can say is, run your own race.