CHIPABO unearths children’s talent in Botswana

Ikageng Primary School staged a beautiful educational play on HIV/AIDS. PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Ikageng Primary School staged a beautiful educational play on HIV/AIDS. PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

It is indeed true that talent starts from grassroots, as captured in Setswana, ‘Ntsanyana e bonwa mabotobotong’, meaning that a child’s talent or ability is seen at an early age.

The children who spoiled the audience with their superb talents from different corners of Gaborone proved this at National Museum’s Little Theatre on Saturday. The event coordinated by Children Association of Performing Arts Botswana (CHIPABO) unearthed the country’s best during the International Day for Theatre for Children and Young People.

The energetic young performers showcased their talent through music, dance, drama and poetry.  Ikageng Primary School staged a beautiful educational play on HIV/AIDS.  Parents who graced the event were left teary-eyed, while others could not cease nodding their heads in approval of the skills showcased by the young performers. Amongst the energetic children who made the day successful were Marang Junior Secondary School students who are obviously multitalented.  The students put their school on the performing arts charts with their extraordinary talents. The young artists, who came in large numbers, gave testimony that the country’s young people have great talent, as there was no arts category they did not master. They spoilt the audience with beautiful drama, marabi and dance performances. One of the highlights of the event was when some of the children were called to showcase their dance moves and some boys from the school decided to prove that they dominated on the dance floor.  CHIPABO children did not want to be left behind.  They too wanted to show the revellers that they dominated the territory, as they were the hosts. 

Editor's Comment
A woman’s right to choose: Or is it?

Here in Botswana, we have many single-parent households, mostly female-led, so what does that suggest? That some fathers choose to ditch the responsibility of caring for their children and leave them to the ones who carry them during pregnancy to do the heavy lifting.Of course, in other dynamics, there are instances where the father wants to keep the baby and the would-be mother does not want to, hence the saying ‘whose body is it anyway’.In...

Have a Story? Send Us a tip
arrow up