From classroom to TV studios (Botswana Daily News)

| September 2, 2015

He graces local television screens every Thursday at 6pm as host of one of the popular talk shows on Botswana Television’s programme Molemo Wa Kgang- a show that deals with socio-economic issues.

But before he became comfortable at firing guests with questions, Mr Patrick Molokwe was a little known English teacher who taught in various junior secondary schools across the county for 10 years.

In August 2012, Mr Molokwe took a leap of faith and ventured into the world of show business full-time, four year later he looks back with nostalgia at the highs and lows of swapping chalk for cameras and mikes.

My name is Patrick Molokwe, my close friends and associates simply call me Ras Pat as I used to keep deadlocks. I was born in Lentsweletau 34-years-ago.

I have two elder brothers, two elder sisters and one baby sister. I have a baby boy and a girl, Reba and Lone. I’m in a relationship with the most beautiful woman in the world, he says as he introduces himself

He explains that life on television is more challenging. Life as a television personality can be challenging especially with people identifying you in the streets and expecting a certain way of life and upkeep of some sort from you. This may be how you dress, what you eat, where you hang out and who you hang out with. But I don’t feel the pressure at all because I never see myself as a celebrity. I just live an ordinary life and keep everything simple.

He says he is able to handle the pressure well because of his previous experience on television. Back in 2004 Pauline Kgwarape and I replaced Greg Losibe and Martin Nkwe on the then gig-guide show called Diacha on Btv.

Those were exciting times, it was a dream come true for a rural boy who had always loved and fancied the glamour of television.

The show only lasted about a year, but the experience lasted a lifetime, and owing to that background I leant a lot, he explains.

In terms of personal and professional growth, he says Molemo wa Kgang has contributed positively to his development. My general outlook of life has changed, I have also come to appreciate issues better, especially health, economy, education and development topics.

My guests inspire me, they are special because they push me to carry on and work hard. In his stint on television, he has interviewed guest varying from the Ombudsman, high profile government officials, chiefs as well as anchoring numerous live recording programmes such as Independence Day celebrations, Botswana Defence Force Day and Police Day celebrations.

I believe I grow with every show. I am an easy going person who takes every day as it comes and don’t usually fuss about stuff. Not everybody can do live television for six continuous hours, its taxing and needs a vigilant mind throughout, so I am proud of my achievements so far. He attributes the success to his presentation and facilitation skills.

He says it all comes from his personality and background. At high school I used to make presentations at assembly and got very good feedback. I have also been a public speaking and debating coach for Team Botswana at the World Schools debating Championships in Doha – Qatar in 2010. This experience gave me a chance to appreciate life from a completely different perspective. He says the experience prepared him well and has given him confidence to face any guest as well as to handle the show with finesses and ease.

At Tirelo Sechaba I was posted to the then Department of Information and Broadcasting in Mahalapye where I reported for the popular programme Tatediso ya Dikgang and the DailyNews. My stories passed unedited.

In 2001, I got a job as assistant broadcasting officer at Radio Botswana, but I was unimpressed with the salary and longed to study, so I declined the job offer and enrolled with Molepolole College of Education (MCE) where I would occasionally write articles for a few media houses using pseudo names. After Diacha I began my teaching career at Tonota and Serowe, but then I made a comeback to TV with Molemo wa Kgang in 2012 after three gruesome auditions. Since then, I haven’t looked back.

He said he was an active student at college. Tertiary education is the best time for every young person.

It’s time to discover yourself, to really connect with your inner self and find your true calling. The politician in me was unveiled at college.

The debater in me matured at college. My love for the media was propelled to heights unimaginable as I founded and edited a campus newsletter called Young Speaks. Together with Okavango MP, Mr Bagalatia Arone, we terrorised local and international debaters and won many accolades, he continues.

Before television, he was passionate about teaching. Professionally, I studied English language and literature and I was a teacher before diverting to public relations recently as a communication liaison officer for the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Kgatleng region. He says he is currently studying communication science with the University of South Africa.

I also occasionally do professional MCing for corporate companies and at social events. I have so much love for children.

If I could I would have 10 of them. I value family more than anything in the world and would do anything for those I love, he reveals

As a parting shot he said don’t take short cuts in life or in anything that you do, go all the way and pay all your dues. Trust God, take time to pray, whatever your conviction is.

Work hard, play hard, but don’t forget to leave some for tomorrow. He says he hopes to meet some of our readers on his talk-show because he truly believes Molemo wa Kgang ke go buiwa.

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