BICTG wins sec­ond global award

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THET­SANE-BASED arts academy Ba­sotho In­tel­li­gent and Cre­ative Theatre Group (BICTG) has won an in­ter­na­tional en­trepreneur­ship award for the sec­ond time in a row.

Formed in 2009, BICTG seeks to stem the ram­pant un­em­ploy­ment in Le­sotho by em­pow­er­ing young peo­ple to utilise their tal­ents to earn a living. Last year the group, which con­sists of film­mak­ers, pro­duc­ers, writ­ers and dancers, won the 2013 Sav­ille Foun­da­tion Pan-african (coun­try) Award for En­tre- preneur­ship or­gan­ised by the United King­dom-based Teach a Man to Fish.

The non-profit mak­ing Teach a Man to Fish is fight­ing to end global poverty by fos­ter­ing cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion among youths around the world. It is funded by Sav­ille Foun­da­tion – an African-based as­so­ci­a­tion syn­er­gis­ing with dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­mote ed­u­ca­tion, en­trepreneur­ship and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment.

Since 2007, Teach a Man to Fish, in part­ner­ship with the Sevilla Foun­da­tion, has been re­ward­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions that con­trib­ute to Africa’s long-term growth and devel­op­ment through an en­tre­pre­neur­ial ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to BICTG founder, Molefi Nt­sonyana, they won the com­pe­ti­tion again, although they are yet to re­ceive the cer­tifi­cate and ac­com­pa­ny­ing $1000 (about M10 873) prize.

“We re­cently re­ceived a mes­sage from Sav­ille Foun­da­tion in­form­ing us that we will once again lift the Coun­try Win­ner 2014 for En­trepreneur­ship, In­no­va­tion in Ed­u­ca­tion and Con­fronting Youth Un­em­ploy­ment in Af- rica,” said Nt­sonyana.

“We form part of the over 500 or­gan­i­sa­tions from 38 coun­tries across Africa, in­clud­ing South Africa, Su­dan, Nige­ria, Namibia and Bu­rundi, that will share a to­tal of $50 000.”

He added that the group par­tic­i­pates in the com­pe­ti­tion to help put Le­sotho’s tal­ent on the map glob­ally and mo­ti­vate lo­cal youths to work hard so that their ef­forts are recog­nised.

“BICTG’S vi­sion is to en­sure qual­ity of life among youths through their tal­ents in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion and we are work­ing to­wards em­pow­er­ing, up­lift­ing, en­cour­ag­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing youths to show­case their cre­ative­ness and in­tel­li­gence on stage,” he said.

The afore­men­tioned ob­jec­tives, Nt­sonyane re­vealed, are achieved by BICTG’S host­ing an an­nual tal­ent show pro­vid­ing a plat­form for the un­earthing and fos­ter­ing of bud­ding tal­ent as well as award­ing the win­ners with cer­tifi­cates. Their film, Bocha Ke Palesa, also won the Best Am­a­teur Film award at last year’s Se­sotho Me­dia and Devel­op­ment Film Fes­ti­val.

He said BICTG was the first or­gan­i­sa­tion to host a work­shop, fa­cil­i­tated by the Film Pub­li­ca­tion Board of South Africa, teach­ing lo­cal film­mak­ers about film rat­ings. Nt­sonyane also said film buffs should be on the look­out for their up­com­ing pro­duc­tion, Bless­ing in Dis­guise.

How­ever, BICTG ad­vi­sor Katleho Molise be­moaned the dearth of sup­port for their ini­tia­tives from both the gov­ern­ment and par­ents.

“The gov­ern­ment is not do­ing any­thing to up­lift the tal­ents of Ba­sotho chil­dren in­volved in film and mu­sic. The rea­son most of us in this in­dus­try pro­duce poor qual­ity ma­te­rial is due to low bud­gets that we work with,” said Molise.

“We are not just ask­ing for money but even a per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion for us to op­er­ate from. Most of us in this in­dus­try are still in school, so we sac­ri­fice a lot to nur­ture our tal­ents. To our par­ents, I say if you do not sup­port us, you sti­fle the tal­ents that God has blessed us with.”

From left: BICTG Direc­tor Molefi Nt­sonyane, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Tumelo Makoetje and Ad­vi­sor Katleho Molise.

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