Botswana: Controversial sports DJ Chillieboy speaks his mind

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The wise saying 'everybody will get his or her chance under the sun"-and never have these words proved truer than in the case of Macdonald Rakgare. Popularly known as Chillieboy to his legions of fans that come every Sunday tune into his controversial sports show on Yarona FM simply entitled "Sudden Death", the young man's star continues to rise.

Being a sports presenter, Chillieboy also gives listeners an up-to-the-minute daily sports updates both on the youth radio station's breakfast and afternoon drive shows. Dubani-wa-Dubani recently had a chat with the self-confessed conceited radio sports presenter.

Q. Many who listen to your show perceive you to be controversial. What's your take on that?

I'm not controversial. I just love to say things as they are and I am not scared to take anyone to task as long as I think what they are doing is not right. Let's just say I call a spade a spade. Not only do I do this on the radio only but it's a principle I apply in my everyday life.

I guess I take after my mother. She takes anybody to task as long as she knows she's right. She has no fear in her heart. To her it does not matter whether you are a granny, head of the family or a chief. When she wants something done right, she won't back off. If we could all adopt this kind of attitude our country would be a better place for everybody.

When I take anybody to task on my show be it the president of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) or the chairperson of the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) or any team official it is not that I want to destroy anybody. I just want things to be done properly. There is nothing personal about it. A lot of people especially the ordinary Motswana who loves and follows sport appreciate what I am doing and many tell me so. Some football club officials have also congratulated me on the interest I have brought to the sport.

Q. How do you deal with the attention and pressure that comes with being a celebrated radio personality?

I do not see myself as a celebrity and this helps me a lot. I am just an ordinary Motswana doing a job and making a mark. I am in this world to make a mark and change things for the better where and whenever I can. I do get attention from ladies and I try my best to make them understand that as much as I appreciate their attention I am looking for a special woman with whom I can build a family. Most of them understand that and we just become friends. I also get a lot of feedback from people who recognize me when walking down the street and they tell me I am doing an excellent job. Let's just say I'm enjoying myself.

Q. Could you tell us more about your dream woman?

I want an honest woman with whom I can properly raise a family with.

I want my children to be amongst the leaders of this country and that's why I need a woman who can help me implant useful values in my children. I have no met and made my choice yet.

Q. Talking of values what do you think of our youth? Social commentators lament that most of our young are not only rotten but also fall short of the much-needed moral fabric?

Most are spoilt and want to be spoon-fed. They do not want to do anything for themselves.

They want their parents and the government to provide everything for them. There are so many opportunities in this country but young people lack the initiative and drive to utilize them in order to better their lives. In other countries university students run small businesses. Most students in our tertiary institutions lack the initiative to start something for themselves and would rather complain about what the government is not doing.

I got my job at Yarona FM because I took the initiative and approached the station management about giving me some work. The only challenge I had was that at the time on-air personalities in most of our private radio stations were required to do the job in English but I just gave it a try and I persevered. I was hired and I became the second person after The Big Fish to do a show in Setswana on the Radio. UB students are some of the most vocal to complain that our government is not doing enough but when they have to exercise their political power to vote and help change the political balance many of them don't.

Statistics show that only 60% of them bothered to vote in the last elections. This shows they do not take things seriously and would rather grumble and whine than do anything to change their circumstances. Its time this mindset changed.

Q. What do you think of our adults?

Many doubt their own intelligence and this has trickled down to the youth.