Tiyapo: Immortalising GW

Tiyapo. Teto Mokaila in Tiyamo the Memorial PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Tiyapo. Teto Mokaila in Tiyamo the Memorial PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

On the passing anniversary of Gobe W Matenge, grandson Teto Mokaila returned to his grave to pay tribute to one of the selfless civil servants with a play titled Tiyapo - The Memorial at the Moving Space in Maruapula.

Tiyapo was returning to Maitisong Festival after its debut during the 2017 instalment when the man affectionately called GW was still alive and even had a chance to watch it. Matenge, who was a humble activist fighting for the recognition of other tribes in Botswana, passed away on April 26, 2018 at the age of 92.

In the one-man play, which is directed by Tefo Paya, Mokaila focuses on the themes of marginalised tribes, modern politics and bogosi.

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