Limkokwing University of Creative Technology will host Setswana Poetry on April 30 in conjunction with Motlhaolosa Poetry Ensemble. The event is a brainchild of local poet Moreri Moroka, who has contributed immensely in Setswana language and currently serving as Secretary for Ntlo Ya Dikgosi. The Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development (MoESD) Moiseraele Goya - the Patron for the Awards – said that despite poetry being the ancient art form, it has contributed immensely to the traditional Botswana society as well as the modern Botswana poetry. He said he supports the event because it celebrates Botswana’s pride as a nation. “Since Botswana is turning 50 I feel the poetry awards are very relevant and timely, as a convergence point to celebrate our own local poetry and similarly ponder upon its future and relevance as we go forward as a nation,” he said. He his ministry supports the event because poetry promotes self confidence among learners.
“We have all the reasons to support this initiative, and Moroka Moreri will be partnering with us in reviving and resuscitating poetry clubs in schools especially to improve literacy.” Limkokwing University Associate’s Philisani Amos said as an institution of creativity and innovation they embrace, celebrate, nurture and promote talent among the youth throughout the country, hence they saw it fit to be a key stakeholder in the event. “Our partnership in the Setswana poetry awards in the bigger picture aims to unleash poetic talent among the youth and promote it such that it can be used as a source of national pride,” he said. Amos said the event feeds into the BOT50 national celebrations. Moreri said a lot South African dignitaries like Mzwakhi Mbuli will attend the event since Setswana is also their language. He said that writers from Botswana and South Africa will have a books exhibition. Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi will officiate.