Original and daring in equal measure, Rekunde is one of the funniest women in the country. The Maun-born comedian is regarded by many as the Queen of Comedy in Botswana, her longevity in a cutthroat industry a testament to her popularity.
Q. What has been keeping you busy during lockdown?
Well I think the break gave everyone an opportunity to re-think and re-strategize.
It also meant more time for socializing with friends and family.
I got to know more about my family during this break than I ever did.
But of course I also used the time to get on the Internet and check out what my competitors have been doing both locally and internationally so I could improve my craft.
Q. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many industries, with the entertainment sector particularly hard hit. How are you making ends meet during these tough times?
You will be shocked but I actually opened my own little tuckshop to make ends meet.
Our industry has been completely shut down; it was the first to be shut down and currently remains one of the few industries still shut down.
So, whilst my craft is now exclusively online, I have a tuckshop!
Q. Do you laugh at your own jokes?
Okay, maybe yes, I sometimes do especially when I want to catch up with the audience.
Q. If you were to be caught cheating on your partner, what is the first thing you would say?
I actually don’t cheat.
That’s not my cup of tea!
I would be caught the very first day.
Life is a beautiful thing and should be respected
Q. When was the last time you cried and why?
I don’t remember.
I definitely cry when I am hurting.
I am not ashamed to let them flow.
Q. What bad habit did you pick up during lockdown?
I learnt how to make home brewed alcohol, motitiela.
Now I seem to only want that.
Okay, no seriously I am so used to being alone and in my space now.
Q. What is the lowest amount you ever been paid for a gig?
P200. Don’t ask where and how!
Q. What is the one thing you do when no one is looking?
Talk to myself. I do that sometimes even when I am with people!
Q. Who is the one person that knows all your deepest secret?
I am very secretive, I play my cards very close to my chest.
Q. Have you ever been in a street fight?
You and your questions! Yes I have, quite recently in fact. I won’t answer this further!
Q. Five things people don’t know about you?
- I cry when I’m overwhelmed by emotions
- People don’t know where I come from
- I am single most of the time
- Comedy was not my first love
- I am actually a great singer