Blackout tackles various social issues such as gender based violence (GBV), racism, and mental health illnesses.
In our videos we discuss alternative measures to tackling GBV in Botswana, such as consent classes introduced in Kenya, as well as talk about the role of creatives in shaping public opinion. Blackout highlights various African movements like #EsengMoNgwaneng, #AmINext, and #IShallNotForget, and engages Mr Emmanuel Keamogetswe, a counsellor at the Botswana Gender Based Violence Prevention and Support Centre, to talk about GBV in Botswana.
Blackout also celebrates World Mental Health day and talks about the importance of commemorating such a day through Dineo's first takeover of the Rhodes Trust instagram page.
Because of the support and generous donations of our sponsors, the first Blackout scholarships were awarded in January 2022 to four students from Molopo River CJSS. Our youtube channel details all things related to the scholarship, including the assembly of the student packages given to the scholars as well as the awarding of the scholarship.
Below are the poetry performances done through the Rhodes Trust during takeovers of their social media accounts.
Guitar: Shaun Davidson
Lead vocals: Gorata Angela Serame who joined us from Gaborone.
For Blackout's YouTube channel, I also capture my life in Oxford post pandemic. For these videos I keep things a little bit light-hearted and playful.
Some of the things you'll see in these video include South Park and the Botanic Gardens (I love the green spaces in Oxford), my place of work at the Institute off Biomedical Engineering (IBME), and spots around Headington (where I live). I also do vlogs featuring affordable places to visit in the UK and the history behind them.