Local Events Planner and Founder of Shobas Spa, Zibo Shoba Marobela, hosted women from all walks of life to a day of pampering and networking on March 9, 2019.
The festivities were formulated to commemorate the International Women’s Day (IWD) – March 8.
Part of the spa’s service offerings include a mobile spa, events and retreats planning as well as catering. The spa is located in Phase 4 Gaborone.
Primarily a lawyer by profession, Ziba is inspired by her passion for beauty.
“It has grown to be an inspiration to other women who appreciate that you can be a lawyer and still pursue a business in beauty, like I have done,” she stated.
Held under the tag ‘Champagne Breakfast’ on the Saturday following the nationwide IWD commemorations, the spa’s first annual event of the year had women relaxed and laughing whilst sipping on some bubbly.
They feasted on gourmet meals created and whipped up by culinary whizz Jonathan Rakgatlhe.
A qualified Chef, Rakgatlhe taught the ladies kitchen hacks to prepare ingredients – a critical step in the process of cooking. One of his kitchen tips was to avoid mayonnaise but to rather substitute it with the healthier plain yoghurt that can be combined with other natural ingredients to produce a spread of one’s preference.
The ladies, some of whom brought their husbands in tow, were treated to mini-massages, manicures and pedicures, while some pleasured themselves with swimming all with great music that got some taking to the dance floor. Other activities included an ice breaking exercise where ladies took random quotes from successful women around the world and related them to their everyday lives.
“We learnt that we need to love ourselves and our fellow sisters, to appreciate that our beauty starts from within, to support each other by fixing each other's crowns as well as to keep dreaming and reaching for the stars,” she recollected, stating that women are more powerful than they give themselves credit for.
“We can do anything we want through hard work. We are soft and nurturing by nature and we should always embrace that and never take it as a weakness.”
Women, she said, are inundated with being mothers, aunts, sisters and wives on top of having to work and provide for their families so the breakfast brunch offers a half-day relief. Ziba, who is affectionately called Shoba by all who know her, also said the first event of the year is usually a session to network, share inspiring stories as well as motivate each other to tackle the new-year with positive thoughts and energies.
“That's what I love to offer to my customers. It is also women's month and we couldn't have chosen a better date,” she enthused.
Shoba’s other themed annual events include workshops titled ‘Get Gorgeous’, a beauty event where women are groomed and taught how to take care of themselves, ‘Celebrating Friendships’ and ‘A healthy woman’.
Another topic normally covered by the workshops is ‘Balance’, a discussion on balancing the personal, the professional, the social and the spiritual aspects of a woman’s life. ‘Entrepreneurship’, an important tenet that encourages women to contribute to the economy of the country whilst creating employment for both women and the youth, is a topic that reigns supreme throughout all the workshop themes.
“Nothing brings me more joy than seeing women together having great conversations, laughing, sharing ideas and inspiring each other. I love sisterhood and promoting that is what I wish to achieve from each event,” said a visibly elated Shoba who quickly made note that she was optimistic of the next events looking at the success of the first one, the ‘Champagne Breakfast’.