This multi-talented songstress is slowly carving her own golden niche in broadcasting as a midday-drive presenter with Gabz FM, co-hosting a show dubbed ‘Midday Rush’ with Swift Mpoloka.
The Neo-soul and R&B singer who secured her spotlight after winning the singing competition, Gabz Karaoke Idols in 2004 and further representing Botswana at the African Idols has also worked as part of the Inside Out collective and has earned her popularity with singles like “Transition” and “You.”
Born in Serowe, she was also the second runner-up on My African Dream Junior in 2003. She later earned a Theology degree from the Baptist Theological College in Randburg.
Her father is a Motswana and her mother is Zambian. The ever-gorgeous Samantha Mogwe got married in 2014, and she’s this week’s crush…
What do you like doing in your spare time?
Who is your celebrity crush?
Uua Murangi, have you seen her?!?
Are you single?
Not even, I’m someone’s wife, been someone’s wife for the past 5 years.
How would someone get your special attention?
I’m drawn to kind people. That’s how one could possibly get my attention. And when I say kind, I mean genuinely kind. Not in an attempt to get anything out of someone else.
What has been your best/worst date?
Believe it or not, a cake date. I absolutely love cake and talking.
Would you date a fan?
If I were single, NEVER!!!
What would you change your name to?
Imani, it means faith. On this industry you don’t get anywhere without a certain level of faith in yourself and in the process of growing.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Chewing loudly, especially gum. You know that popping sound that people make sometimes?! I absolutely hate it!
What’s your worst annoying habit?
Me? I’m perfect. Ha-ha! I have this annoying habit of wanting things to be straight. Carpets and mirrors and things need to be straight and I have a tendency of fixing things in people’s houses, that aren’t straight. Ha-ha.
Do you ever get used to being a celebrity?
I don’t even see myself as one.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Basetsana Khumalo. Her story is a great example of how God can open opportunities in not so conventional places when you allow yourself to be fluid in your path.
Do you speak any language?
I speak Setswana, English and Bemba (a Zambian dialect, my mum is Zambian).
Where would like to visit?
Morocco, it just looks like such a beautiful place.
If you were not famous. What would you be up to?
I actually think I would be a fashion designer. I’ve long had passion for fashion designing from a tender age, I even still have books with drawings of women’s apparel. Strange enough, I was actually accepted to study fashion in a college in Malaysia years ago before I got into music!
Who is the messiest person you know?
My friend Naean, but she says she is organized messy (lol).
What’s the most interesting thing you have read or seen this week?
An African Proverb
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.”
I came across this quote, which made me laugh so hard because of how true it is. How many times do you think you can’t make a difference coz you aren’t prepared enough or just don’t match the ideas which you have placed for those who make waves in their communities and around the world?
What would you like to be remembered about you?
Being unapologetic for being me! A lot of people in the public eye feel the need to want to be liked and accepted by everyone, to the point that they put on a mask. It’s extremely exhausting to be something you really aren’t. I wanna be known for being unafraid of being me. I wanna be remembered for being fearless and loving.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Thank you for supporting my passions. I say that in plural because I have overtime allowed myself to go on a journey of self discovery and you have continued on this journey with me. I am beyond grateful!!!