This week on Stars Revealed we held an interview with an inspiring young man who goes by the name of Ompatile. He is currently based in Gaborone, Botswana. We got to talk about his journey in the music industry and what he envisions for the future of Botswana’s millenials.
Moffat is a part time model and has also been involved in Karate. He later chose to prioritise his studies and juggling everything together as a Full-time student at The University of Botswana.
Q: Tell us more about yourself?
My name is Moffat Ompatile Kootlhoboge, I’m a 22 year old from Molepolole, Botswana. I reside in the capital Gaborone for my studies. I’m currently pursuing my degree in Public Administration and Sociology at the University of Botswana.
Q: What have you been able to achieve throughout this journey?
Well, I’ve been involved in various fields. Firstly, I have been involved in Karate since 2012. During my days, there have been several awards that I managed to get from participating during the competitions. I have won 4 medals from different tournaments i.e 3 silver medals and a bronze medal.
In 2014, I decided to venture into the DJ industry because of my interest in Deep House Music. I learnt the art from Ydj Academy based in block 5, Gaborone. After the completion of my course, I started playing in clubs, parties and bars in and around Gaborone.
The following year, a local radio station featured me for the very first time! This was an exciting moment for my career in the music industry. It led to my brand growing tremendously as I got featured in different radio stations and online podcasts. I was also engaged in several events in Gaborone and surrounding areas and also in various celebration in the neighbouring South Africa.
Later that year, I decided to join a modeling agency called African Portfolio Models. That meant having to get rid of Karate inorder to focus on modeling for a year then I rejoined karate in 2016.
The whole experience led me to completely letting go of my karate journey to focus more on modelling as it is a growing industry in our country. At the moment, I do part time modeling gigs and photoshoots which is great and teaches me a lot about the industry as a whole.
Q: What strategies do you have to achieve your goals?
As a person, I believe for one to reach their goals it is best to consult those who are in their line of interest. There has been a lot of support from people that motivate me both academically and musically. This is good as I get to learn more about my career path, and improve my skills. I enjoy getting feedback for my work, so having a podcast allows me to publish my mixtapes for my supporters to download, listen and share.
Moreover, time allocation is vital in any case. This enables me to do something and get it over and done with. I have time for school work, time for music and for other extra activities. This makes it easier for me to focus and excell in the different fields.
Q:What vision do you have for young people in your community?
I wish the best for young people in my community. I have seen a lot of talent starting from where I came from, and I encourage most of them to follow their dreams and never lose focus on their passion. Its always hard at the start but eventually everything will work out. As a good example, I had a hard time with my family accepting me as a DJ but now I have their support and I went to the academy without their knowledge, paying all the expenses from my own pocket. Right now I can tell a different story.
Q: Who is your mentor and why?
Anthony G Masire. He is the owner of the pub where I reside that the Lerothodi Tavern in Tlokweng. He has adversely contributed to my growth as a student, a Dj and the responsible young man that I am today. This gentleman gives me all sorts of advise which really sheds light into my life especially when I feel like there is no hope. And for that, we have been working closely since 2015.
Q: Do you have any books you can recommend? What motivational quote do you live by?
My book recommendation would be the Holy Bible. According to me, It is the solution to every problem one may encounter in life. The bible has all kinds of readings that address all kinds of issues we face as human being.
The motivational quote I live by is “Be the change you want to see in others.”
Thank you for your time Ompatile! We wish you the very best in your future endeavours! 💯