For most people the day starts at 08:00 but not for Tshoopara ‘Chopsi’ Tshoopara. He wakes up past 09:00 because he goes to bed in the early hours of the morning. At around 02:30 he sleeps.
Tshoopara is a businessman, an actor and a media personality. He owns one of Windhoek’s popular hangout spots in the city centre, Chopsi’s Bar. He is also a DJ for Radio Wave, one of the country’s largest commercial radio stations known for its hot contemporary pop music. He also has to make time to attend to his social projects to which he has committed himself, and he gives training. And he has to spend time with his beloved pet dog – a white Border collie named Pepper.
When he wakes up, Chopsi prefers a cup of coffee while attending to Pepper by petting, talking to and feeding it.
“I got her from the SPCA,” he informs New Era Weekend at his two-bedroomed flat in Klein Windhoek. “I live here with my girlfriend but she is not here now,” he says before mentioning what his all-time favourite movie is: “Shawshank Redemption”.
He starts his day by jumping right into work. Randomly call his bar managers to do administrative work and see what areas need attending to.
He then jumps into the shower and drives to the bar to engage the staff and to put things in order including cleaning and other administrative issues needing his attention.
A mojito cocktail is the drink for this hip-hop fan while the colour black tops his list of favourite things in life.
He does not waste time and after completing his work at the bar, he heads straight for the Radio Wave studios to prepare for his three-hour show.
On this day, he discusses a new parenting trend in which parents are naming kids after Pokémon characters.
He also engages his audience on a new carwash initiative called Mobiwash Namibia where he stresses that it uses less water than your average carwash.
The last matter on the show is about the Windhoek City market day happening today.
When asked how he relaxes, Chopsi says: “I work at the bar.”
After the show, he drives to Katutura’s Nubuamis area to view a site for a developmental project of a squash court for the young people of the area.
There is not enough time to assess the piece of land and he is again on the road to attend another meeting at the Warehouse Theatre on a women empowerment project.
It is only after a meeting that ends at around 19:30 that his day starts to ease. He uses the time to relax with a glass of wine and cook dinner. In between he throws in time for a play station game. But before he returns to the bar, he walks his dog for one hour.
Then he heads out to the bar where he works until 01:30.
“When I am not in the city, I also visit my mother in the north at a village called Otshingu near Oshikuku. I relax with her, watch TV and she sends me around to do chores like I am a 10-year-old,” he says.
Chopsi’s day does not end after he comes back from the bar, as he squeezes in a glass of wine, a meal and last game on his play station.
Before 09:20 – Wakes up, has coffee,
09:20 to 10:30 – Showers, calls managers
10:30 to 11:15 – Drives to Chopsi’s Bar,
engages staff, researches
on the Internet
11:15 to 11:45 – Drives to Radio Wave
11:45 to 15:00 – Reads email and prepares
for radio show
15:00 to 18:00 – Live show on Radio Wave
18:00 to 18:30 – Drives to Katutura
18:30 to 18:45 – Views site for development
18:45 to 19:15 – Drives to Warehouse
19:15 to 19:30 – Meeting at Warehouse
19:30 to 20:00 – Drives and arrives home
20:00 to 21:00 – Walks dog
21:00 to 21:30 – Glass of wine and play
21:30 to 01:30 – Drives, arrives and works
01:30 to 01:45 – Drives and arrives home
01:45 to 02:30 – Dinner with a glass of wine,
After 02:30 – Bed time