Creatives celebrate Independence with optimism

Bakwena PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Bakwena PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The next real gems for the nation are thought to be in the creative industry. The industry has, however, been plagued by stagnation, which has limited its ability to expand. Is there new hope that the creative sector will eventually serve as an alternative economic driver as the nation celebrates its 56th Independence Day today? inquires Mmegi Staffer GOITSEMODIMO KAELO

Today, many people would probably be spending at least a portion of the day attending celebrations while others will be watching the fireworks at the National Stadium where the main celebration event is normally held. The local creative sector has evolved from humble beginnings over the years since independence in 1966, to a good story of hope. The creative sector has helped build Botswana over the years, telling stories of developing Botswana through son and dance as well as paintings and drawings.

It is these positive strides that have led many to eventually believe that indeed, the sector is the next economic diversifier from minerals. Despite all these successes, there has been stagnancy in recent years with the sector failing to reach full potential and be the driver of economic growth as anticipated. But on the occasion of our Independence, what’s there for the creative sector to celebrate? Arts & Culture spoke some players in sector.

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