Movement to honour writers
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-