With so much determination he was at one point the only black money maker with no money.
However today Vee is a big brand; companies line up for his services and there is not A single artist who would not want to work with him.
Voice reporter Daniel Kenosi had a one on one with the pint sized star.
Q. How is family life treating you Vee?
Family life is very good, I’m really enjoying it.
You can see that I am now a mature man but it all comes with responsibilities.
I have a very beautiful girlfriend who is so supportive.
Q. When are you tying the knot?
(Laughs loud) I saw it coming but to cut the long story short.
I am going to marry Kagiso.
My partner and I are ready to get married but our main challenge is time.
I am out on the road and she is also busy but we are definitely going to find time soon and you will be invited.
We have been together for the past ten years so it’s long overdue.
Q. That’s wonderful. How is the tender-preneurship field for you?
I am not really a tender-prenuer but a businessman who knows that image is everything.
What I’m currently doing is called endorsement and I encourage all local artists to do the same.
An endorsement is taking a company’s brand to market it through your fame, so that’s basically what I am doing.
It’s very unfortunate that in Botswana we are highly affected by HIV/AIDS so I had to come on board to assist in any way through my fame to try and change my fans behavior.
You know that by 2016 we should be an HIV/AIDS free generation. All in all I am just doing my part as a public figure.
At the end of the day I also have to put food on the table. Although I didn’t do it for profit it is true that that no soul can work on an empty stomach, but in anyway does not make me a tenderpreneur. Entrepreneur
Q. I understand you have another upcoming campaign which is yet to be revealed. Can you shed some light?
Please don’t say it’s a tender.
Yes its’ true I will soon start a campaign against alcohol and drugs.
I have noticed that drugs and alcohol are becoming a big problem in our country so I want to go around the country to address this issue.
Q. Are you telling you are not going to tender for this? Will be it be cash on the silver platter?
It depends on the kind of people I work with.
There are very high possibilities that I may not tender if I am doing that for a non-governmental organization but if its Government there are chances that I’ll tender for the job unless if it’s a direct appointment.
Q. Your Male circumcision campaign was loaded with controversy. How did you get the job?
I come a long way with that job. I was even named the ambassador for Southern Africa male circumcision campaign.
I managed to beat the likes of Oliver Mtukuzi to be given such a title.
I went to Ethiopia with Mtukuzi to launch the campaign and we even performed together.
Q. So you have shared the stage with Mtukuzi?
Yes! Not only shared the stage but we also have a big song together. He is a great man.
So as we travelled across all the countries launching male circumcision campaign I developed interest in sharing with my people.
When I came back from my tours I found out that the campaign had already started in my country so I started contributing the knowledge I had gathered from my tours with Mtukuzi.
I remember when they launched I performed for free and even went on to do about ten shows for their campaign for free.
The management just noticed that I was valuable to their campaign and they now engaged me. I gave them a quotation from my company and they directly appointed me and the rest is history.
Q. How much did you charge?
I will not disclose that because it’s confidential in my business so keep on guessing.
Don’t forget that I won a tender which was fairly competed for at Ombudsman and Brand Botswana was a direct appointment because of my fame.
Q. Are you still involved in all the campaigns?
No! I am only involved in Male circumcision.
I am more into behavioral change campaigns. I am now a man of God so I want to see people change.
Q. You say you are now a man of God. Where did Vee and church meet?
I am a born again Christian and a member of True Bread Center church.
I used to preach a lot when I was at school in Francistown but when I came to the city I lost the light but now I am back to Christ and I won’t turn back.
Q. What position do you hold in the church?
I am a Board Member in the church.
Q. So your church is a business?
Not at all. All churches have boards it’s the board that decides how the church is run and we do it for free.
There are no seating allowances.
Q. How many cars have you given to the church and why?
Well I can’t remember but I think it’s about seven cars.
I gave because I saw the need in the church.
I love my church so I wouldn’t want to see it suffering whilst I can do something.
I gave some because I felt like giving them out. I want to make it clear out there that no pastor has ever put me under pressure to give out my cars it was my own decision.
Q. You have been in the music industry for ten years now. What have you acquired so far?
I have acquired a lot and we would spend the whole day counting but most importantly I have my own house in Phakalane and I own a supplies and construction company.
Q. Please take us into your daily schedule.
I wake up early in the morning and before I can touch or do anything I go to my prayer room to pray.
Q. The room is specifically for prayers?
Q. What’s in the room?
I have almost all books that talk about God, I have a small radio for gospel music and a mattress I seat on when praying. Everything in the room is holy.
When I leave the prayer room I got out to the streets and hustle.
I never have any free time because I can have about sixty shows in a month but whenever I have time, I spend quality time with my family.
Q. You have been open about your love for Botswana Democratic Party. Do you mind telling us more?
I’m a fanatic of the current government and that’s not a secret. I love the way they run things more especially the president.
That man has a very tough job.
You know that there are people who have failed to run their small businesses and were only managing two people but that man managed the whole population so that’s why I love the party because it has managed to carry us through all.
Majority of people love BDP so why not?
Q. You have an upcoming album with Dan Tshanda. How did it come about?
Yes! It’s true we are just about to wrap up the album.
I was very humbled when the proposal to work with him came my way; Dan is a legend no one wouldn’t want to work with him.
Q. You apparently used to be a rowdy student whilst at St Joseph College, how true is that?
That’s true I used to be very rowdy and most of my teachers didn’t like me but I have since gone back to the school and apologised for my behavior.
I regret that and I like to urge students across the country to behave and respect their teachers because without education life becomes tough.
I was a very bright student but because of wauyward behavior I failed.
Q. Where did you get your first money to record the first album because you were still a high school student then?
I was still at St Joseph College when I had my first break into music.
I sold my Timberland shoes, cell phone and music player to have my first album which was titled ‘Pompa Tswidi-tswidi’ recorded.
It was tough but I really wanted to do this and I remember I was with Kast when I sold my cell phone to a taxi man in Phase 2.
Q. You tried your luck in South Africa and you failed. What went wrong?
I will just say I was not ready enough to make it that far then I had more than what I could chew in my mouth and that’s why I came back home but now I have business associates in South Africa and all is well.
I want to clarify another rumor that I am not in good terms with Eric Ramco.
Ramco taught me a lot in my music life and I moved from his recording label because I had outgrown it but he is still my brother and teaches me a lot.
Q. Let’s talk about your new album called Super Natural. Why did you change your usual beat?
I was just risking with my career when I produced this album.
It’s Gospel and so I feared that people won’t like it but everyone is just amazed at the piece so I am not turning back expect more on the next album. I said I am a man of God so all has to do with God.
Q. You still perform at night clubs and that has nothing to do with God.
Yes! But there is nothing wrong with that, God also preached at a wedding and there were people drinking alcohol there.
I am just a human being and can’t judge anyone.
If God wants me to preac his word in bars that’s what I will do.
If Christians don’t go out to hunt for the lost sheep, who will do?
Q. We Thank God it’s Friday. What’s on your plans man of God?
God Bless you Dan. As usual, I will be out performing and people should watch out for my next big album.
I will be launching the current one in Francistown today (Friday).