Bokgeleke Arts and Culture Festival Sizzles
The annual Botho University Arts and Culture Festival held on the 27th October 2016, proved a success once again, as multi-talented students from local universities came to showcase their capabilities on a day dedicated to a celebration of cultural diversity. When speaking at the event Mr Tebogo Matebesi , Chairman of the annual cultural festival said “Botho University is a multi-cultural environment with students from different parts of Africa, established this event to give students a platform for cultural exchange through a showcase of their talents.”
He went on to express his excitement about the upcoming Bokgeleke festival , that students should take advantage of this platform as it only grooms them to get better at expressing their culture through their talent. “We host this festival yearly to give students a chance to improve their craft and try again and ultimately win the grand prize.”
The festival, which brought a lot of talent to one stage at the Botho University Multi Purpose Hall, was a marvel to watch. Besides the display of traditional and cultural artifacts, traditional groups were also invited to entertain the audience. Assorted local cuisine prepared for the guests included dikgobe, bogobe jwa lerotse, kabu, serobe, seswaa, samp and many more. The revelers had a chance to sample each dish to appreciate Botswana’s diverse cuisine and then try their hand at traditional games such as Mhele, Koi, Diketo and Dithini.
The music festival was a spectacle as singers, dancers, poets, and actors came to demonstrate their talents. A host of local celebrities graced the judges’ table: Dollar Mac and Fox from Yarona Fm and Miss P of Big Brother fame, who had a tough time selecting one winner from the pool of talented youth competing for the Bokgeleke title. It was no simple feat, and the audience did not make it any easier as they too had their favorites.
In the end, the overall winner was a poet who recited his poem in Kalanga and amazed the audience. His knowledge and understanding of his culture, coupled with a flair for performance, won the cheering support of the crowd as well as the judges’ votes.