Sekgoni hails African literature growth

Sekgoni says Botswana has not been left behind in growing its literature
Sekgoni says Botswana has not been left behind in growing its literature

As literature from the African continent gains international stature due to its growth, it is commendable that Botswana is not left behind, said Botswana National Library Service director, Jacob Sekgoni

Sekgoni was speaking at the recent Gaborone Book Festival. He quoted the country's first president, Seretse Khama saying, ‘We should write our history books to prove that we did have a past and that it was just as worth writing and learning about as any other. We must do this for the simple reason that a nation and a people without a past is a people without a soul.’

He explained that even though the words were said many years ago, they were still relevant to date. “I believe that the opening of the world and the economy post COVID-19 is an exciting chapter for all of us including such important events as the Gaborone Book Festival, which is the only existing book festival in Botswana, which was formed five years ago. I am happy that the Gaborone Book Festival Trust promotes the literary work of Batswana authors and writers, those new and established, and the literary works of other African authors who are invited this year and even in the past editions," he said.

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