Tjilenje Tje Ngwao to showcase Botswana’s rich culture

Tjilenje Tje Ngwao
Tjilenje Tje Ngwao

FRANCISTOWN: Tjilenje Tje Ngwao, a traditional group based in Francistown will host a cultural event at Nyangabgwe Hill to showcase Botswana culture on April 3.

The founder and director of the group, Ngwisiwa Ntogwa said they would first screen a documentary, which showcases Botswana culture, from traditional dances, food and traditional games, to poetry.  Ntogwa told Showbiz that after submitting a project proposal to them, the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture had given them P100, 000 in support of the event.

Ntogwa said on the day of the event, they would decorate the caves at Nyangabgwe Hill, adding that the elderly would be in one cave where they would share the history of Botswana. The other cave, he said, would house people playing traditional games such as diketo, mhele and koi (skipping rope) among others. He said several Cabinet ministers and councilors were also expected to grace the historical event.  Ntogwa added that they hoped that veteran Ikalanga jazz maestro Ndingo Johwa and popular award-winning ensemble Culture Spears would serenade the crowd with their melodic tunes.  “Culture unites people. What I saw when I was in India last year was amazing. Over five million people gathered in one place during the Mysore Dasar cultural event to exchange their beautiful culture and it was so uplifting,” he said. Ntogwa explained that before the documentary screening, they would show it in primary schools to educate young citizens about Botswana’s rich culture, so that they value it as the aspect of human development. 

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