Mutlitudes will throng the main kgotla in Molepolole on Friday night for an oral history of Bakwena presentations by members of the tribe from Namibia, Phokeng, Limpopo and Pretoria in South Africa, and le Lesotho.
The oral history night (presented as a public lecture) is part of a month-long programme of proceedings leading up to the Dithubaruba Cultural Festival, which will take place in Molepolole on Saturday. Earlier, the 2018 Dithubaruba Cultural Festival Symposium was held at the University of Botswana on Thursday 23rd August 2018. The 2018 symposium theme — ‘Sago La Moeng…...’ was designed to reflect the understanding of those who were already settled at Dithubaruba and the present-day Botswana; when Bakwena and other groups crossed over from the South. The two groups identified for the 2018 Dithubaruba Symposium are: the Bakgalagadi; representing the Bakgwatheng who were already at Dithubaruba in the South and the Bakalaka; representing the Kingdom of Botua in the North. Speakers at the symposium included Dr Gaseitsewe Sento of Bangologa/ Bakgwatheng tribe, former Ambassador Boometswe Mokgothu of Babolongwe tribe, Abel Mabuse of Bakalaka tribe and Philip Segadika who has undertaken excavations at Ntsweng -the Bakwena heritage site.
Festival Coordinator Power Kawina says the 2016 Dithubaruba Symposium unpacked the concept ‘Dithubaruba’ as a nation building Model while the 2017 Symposium focused on the buffer states of Dithubaruba Settlement.