The host of two popular shows ‘Night Crawlers and ‘Evening Shades’ on RB2 Aobakwe Mokobi AKA DJ is however a man of many talents.
He is a motor sport fanatic and competed in the just ended Toyota Kalahari 1000 Desert race. Voice reporter Leonard Matota caught up with bubbly DJ after the race.
Q. Howzit Skeem sa bosigo?
I’m good my guy. Although bruised from the race, I can’t complain.
Q. You have just participated in the Desert race. How was it?
Ooh my word! It was fantastic! I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything because it made me complete.
It was a dream come true for me to have finally participated in the race after years of considering it.
Q. How many Kilometers did you do?
For a beginner I registered for the 500Km which was 250km per day.
I successfully finished the first 250km within the top 5, but sadly my bike broke on the second and final day.
Q. Not a good way to end your debut. It must have been heart breaking.
You have no idea, for a moment there it felt like the whole world had turned its back on me.
I literally begged my bike not to let me down just when I was about to achieve my target.
Unfortunately it could not carry me any further and that was the end of me and the Desert race.
My aim was to finish the race, nothing more nothing less.
You see the trick for me was not to put myself under unnecessary pressure.
I wanted to enjoy the race and make it to the finish line, and I nearly did.
Q. What advice would you give to someone racing for the first time?
That’s a very good and important question. My team mate who is also my mentor Kabelo Mogolodi had advised me not try and be a super hero out there.
He told me to put all that I had practiced in mind and while at it, not in any way obstruct other racers if they wanted to pass.
Q. So what did you like the most about this year’s race?
Spectator points my guy. I don’t know maybe it’s because I am a party animal or something.
The noise from spectators was amazing.
There were moments during the race when I felt my energy levels dropping, but the moment I approached a spectator point, I was magically re-energized.
Q. And what did you dislike the most about it?
Saturday morning was a total turn off, not only for me but for most guys.
We went to bed knowing that at exactly 7am the first bike would be leaving only for organizers to change the schedule and allow cars take off before us.
I woke up at 4am to get ready for the race and by 10am we still had not taken off.
That dampened my spirits in a way.
Q. So what was your biggest fear while out there alone in the bush?
You know I wish there was a way to block some stupid ideas from crossing our minds.
Thinking a lot while racing can be a serious distraction.
I found myself thinking about having a breakdown in the middle of nowhere and lions coming to have their midday snack.
Q. Well now that the desert race has come and gone, what’s next in your riding career?
My aim is to attend as many riding competitions as possible, there are already preparations under way for the Francistown competition but as you know I have to fix my bike first from my own pocket.
So it may take some time to be back on the track.
Q. Is there any connection between your Deejaying and riding skills?
On both occasions I have to be in control and have a strong personality.
I have to be smart and compete on my own level to achieve what I want.
At all times I keep my people in mind because at the end of the day I am not alone in it, and should have enough endurance to keep going till the end.
Q. Many people know you as DJ Obza from RB 2. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born into a Catholic family in Serowe and have two elder brothers and two little sisters which makes me the ‘middle man’.
I’m the son of Charles Mokobi who many people know from his days at Parliament and the IEC
Q. Christianity and Politics..?
My father worked for the IEC and he later became the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.
My late mother (May her soul rest in peace) was a committed Catholic.
She brought us up to respect and fear God. Even after her departure the values she taught us guided us into adulthood.
Q. But for a person who spends most of his time entertaining people at night clubs, when do you find time for Christianity?
I have to be honest with you.
My commitment to church has not been what it ought to be.
However whenever I get a chance the church is the first place I visit.
I think I’m the only one in the family who seem to have forgotten his Bible.
Q. And what about politics, are you actively involved in politics?
Well for now I am not but just like any other responsible citizen I’m going to cast my vote in the coming elections.
I never shy away from contributing to political debates whenever I feel there is a need.
Q. What is your take on youth and politics?
I don’t like the carefree attitude shown by young people towards politics.
There are a lot of things I maybe not happy about in the country, but there is nohow I’m going to standby and not register to vote.
The supplementary registration says a lot about our youth. Why should we beg them to register to vote when politics directly affect them?
Q. Have you ever thought about actively joining politics?
Yes I have. I have many friends in political circles even in parliament but I don’t have enough time for it.
Right now my life is occupied with mid-week work, weekend work, riding and family!
Q. Family? Are you married?
No, I’m not married and do not have kids which is worrying at my age.
That however is about to change; I think I have been a little bit selfish with my time.
It has always been about me, but now it has to be about we.
Q. How isyour partner coping with your busy schedule?
I know it wasn’t easy but I have to thank her and the rest of the family for being supportive of my career.
It requires a strong woman to stand by a man who is a retail manager during the week, a rider and D-jay during the weekend.
Q. And how do you normally fit her in your schedule?
Well,we go the gym together every day, we do movies whenever I have time and visit the rest of the family.
I must say I am glad to have been surrounded by so much people with love, otherwise I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Q. Alright my man, was nice chatting with you. Feel Good It’s Friday, what are you up to?
Well I’m looking forward to my shows, especially the Night Crawlers.
I cant’ wait to share my experience with my listeners.
I know I have a lot of apologizing to do to them for not being with them the previous weekend but it was worth it.