Move­ment to hon­our writ­ers

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

CUL­TURAL move­ment, Ba re e ne re, is set to host a prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony to­mor­row at the State Li­brary for win­ners of its two writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion which were held last Au­gust and in Jan­uary re­spec­tively.

Ba re e ne re was founded in 2011 by Liepollo Ran­tekoa to ad­vance lit­er­ary arts in Le­sotho and connect Ba­sotho writ­ers and artists with those in the re­gion and around the world. Af­ter Ran­tekoa trag­i­cally passed away in 2012, her friends and fam­ily united to carry on her vi­sion.

Direc­tor, Li­neo Se­goete, said the two con- tests were held to im­prove and pro­mote a writ­ing cul­ture among Ba­sotho pupils at dif­fer­ent lev­els.

“The first con­test, which was held in Au­gust last year, had been fa­cil­i­tated by the Peace Corps Le­sotho at the host­ing high schools, with par­tic­i­pants com­pet­ing at the dis­trict level,” Se­goete said.

“Five win­ners from the com­pe­ti­tion, rep­re­sent­ing Forms A to E were se­lected by a panel of judges.”

She said the sec­ond con­test was con­ducted on­line on the Ba re e ne re Face­book page and web­site last month.

“All Ba­sotho living in Le­sotho were wel­come to en­ter by sub­mit­ting a story based on the theme: “Free­dom of Cre­ative Ex­pres­sion”, from which three win­ners will be se­lected,” Se­goete said.

“All eight win­ners will be in­vited to the Amer­i­can Cor­ner at the State Li­brary where they will be recog­nised for their lit­er­ary works. The US Em­bassy and Friends of Le­sotho are the an­chor spon­sors, with ad­di­tional sup­port given by the Euro­pean Union (EU) as well as the Morija Mu­seum and Ar­chives.”

She also said the prize giv­ing cer­e­mony would also be at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the US Em­bassy, Peace Corps Le­sotho, the EU and cre­ative per­form­ers.

Ac­tiv­i­ties lined up for the cer­e­mony in­clude re­marks by Se­goete and spon­sors as well as a per­for­mance by ver­sa­tile mu­si­cian Chino El Vito. Sekete Le­saoana will also re­cite some po­etry just be­fore the story read­ings and prize giv­ing cer­e­mony.

Among other things, Ba re e ne re pro­motes ini­tia­tives to in­crease lit­er­acy and in­cul­cate a cul­ture of read­ing, writ­ing and pub­lish­ing lit­er­ary works, par­tic­u­larly those writ­ten in the Se­sotho lan­guage.

It also aims to fa­cil­i­tate artis­tic ex­change be­tween cre­ative writ­ers in Le­sotho and Ba-

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