Inspired by all the controversies that continue to hog the prestigious Miss Botswana pageant, a new youthful pageants training agency dubbed Elite Queens Training (EQT) has been formed possibly to emancipate the national pageantry from its tattered image. The Botswana national pageant has over the years been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Quite vexing is the fact that Miss Botswana continues to be less beneficial to all contestants despite representing the country.
The pageant prizes have also gone down evenly. Just take for instance the last episode of the pageant which was sure proof that our girls are not thoroughly trained as well as what is expected from a potential queen. The general public was also insolently upset with the last winner assortment.
Hence, Elite Queens Training (EQT) has been formed to feed all the pageants in Botswana regardless of affiliation. The company is the brainchild of Lorraine Ditsebe – former Miss Botswana contestant, former Miss Earth 2012 together with Ontlametse Mokhwela of Bob Photography and Mogomotsi Hendric of MGKO Consultancy.
“Our company is centered on training and mentoring models and beauty queens. Our target is all ages from 7-27. Our training period takes 3-months and at the end of every 3months we will offer completion certificates to our trainees. We already had two seasons and we are looking to a start of another 3rd season this coming February.”
Being a new phenomenon to the industry, EQT has already made great strides to their ambitions, which include testimonies to their work and the agency has already produced winners in various pageants and has aligned with other stakeholders in the industry. Some of their trained stars include Olorato Amantle Lefenya (23) who became Miss UB 2nd princess 2017, later becoming Miss Africa Universities 2017 and also where she won a Presidential Award for being the most Courageous Candidate of the year in Lagos, Nigeria.
Furthermore, Sarah Sebopelo (25) became Miss Africa Continent Botswana 2017 and advanced to the Top 16 at finals held in Johannesburg, South Africa.Regarding models, EQT has also equipped local star model, Khloeteldah Oletile who recently walked the Masa Square Hotel fashion show.
“Tebogo Lebanna, who I am particularly very proud of her rise to stardom has been trained through EQT although not fully registered. In 2013 she clinched 2nd position in the Miss Tourism Botswana. She didn’t stop her pursuits and she is now a Director of her kids pageant dubbed Little princess of the world. She has already produced a queen internationally. She was also Judge in the 2017 Miss Botswana,” said Ditsebe.
Not only does EQT promise to mould Botswana’s next beauty contestants but they have also vowed to give back to the society through their outreach program, which is aligned to the girl child. “We have donated sanitary pads to Red Cross Botswana to help both mothers’ and girls found in the Dukwi refugee camp. We have worked with Maokane Village though Amatalent Charity uniting with the likes of Orapa Mine in raising funds towards building a home for two boys who are orphans in the region.”
Quizzed if the country’s top pageant, Miss Botswana will benefit directly from her company, Ditsebe whose participation in the previous Miss Botswana unveiled uncertainties said for her, everything is now water under the bridge. Her greatest aim she said is to improve all contestants through Botswana’s varied pageants adding that at the end of the day, it’s the Botswana brand which gets dragged in the mud.
“We are open to all collaborations and proposals. We are willing to serve and offer preparatory skills to all girls through all our platforms and modelling agencies, either through invitation, agreements or proposals.” “We have a vision to hire more trainers from the past winners especially those who have done Botswana proud internationally. All must lead a charismatic life, be modest and be at their best behavior. They must also have leadership skills, revered stage techniques and life skills that we need to equip models and all vying girls. This will also become a full-time future job to many girls as modelling and pageantry continues to grow.”