BotswanaPost, last Friday, commemorated the passing of former President Sir Ketumile in style by launching the second issue of the 2018 stamps to appreciate his contribution to the building of the country. Chief Executive Officer Cornelius Ramatlhakwane said it was an honour to remember the visionary leader through a remarkable stamp issue, on the same day of his passing. Sir Ketumile Masire was Botswana’s second president.
The stamp issue is the work of young artists engaged by BotswanaPost which celebrates historical events, Botswana culture and attractions and convey messages promoting social change. Ramatlhakwane said Sir Ketumile enhanced productivity and developed a livelihood accessible to many Batswana throughout the country until the time of his passing. Sir Ketumile remained the epitome of peace and good governance throughout the African continent and beyond.
Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation chairperson Mmetla Masire expressed gratitude to BotswanaPost for remembering, honouring and celebrating his father in a unique and memorable way through a stamp collection.“We will always remember him for his wit, integrity, character and humility. In us he instilled a sense of responsibility for not only oneself but humanity at large,’’ said Masire, appreciating the talent behind the beautiful pieces of art by young artist Baboloki Somolokae and graphic designer Onica Lekuntwane.
The stamp collection depicts different phases of Sir Ketumile’s life, in three denominations of P5, P7 and P10. The P5 stamp depicts Sir Ketumile as a young teacher before becoming part of the emerging political elite in the then Bechuanaland Protectorate, the P7 stamp portrays him as a national leader during his presidency while the P10 stamp shows the post presidency period and his commitment to farming and the agricultural sector.
About the Artist
Baboloki Somolekae is a young artist born in Molepolole. He recently graduated from University of Botswana, studied Bachelor in Industrial Design. This is his 1st set of stamps. He is a self-taught artist who appreciated and loved art from a young age. He drew his inspiration from cultural events that take place in the country like Dithubaruba. He has a vision to contribute massively in the art sector by upbringing young artists to their full potential.
About the Graphic Designer
Onica Lekuntwane has more than 14 years experience in arts business. Her passion for art and crafts led her to the introduction of a project called Homegirl – a Craft and Design initiative which focuses on using recycled materials to create crafts and empower women in rural communities. Onica’s journey with BotswanaPost began in 2015 when she was appointed the graphic designer for the “Okavango Delta-1000th Unesco World Heritage Site”. Other Stamp Issues that she finished off graphically include, “Kgotla Stamp Issue, which she also drawn in 2016 and “Leopard in Botswana” in 2017. The latest Issue launched last wek is her 4th with BotswanaPost. Apart from her contribution as an artist, she was one of the facilitators at the Graphic Designers’ workshop for young upcoming artists organized by BotswanaPost in 2017.