Whilst the Independence Day or Boipuso as it is normally called bears a significant importance to the nation of Botswana, its recent celebrations held at the National Stadium have almost turned into a 'kids’ fun day'.
Saturday was not different as the country celebrated its 57th Independence Day, and as expected children dominated in attendance.
Years ago, Independence celebrations at the National Stadium were a hit across all age groups as everyone wanted to be a part of the occasion to celebrate the country's independence. Unfortunately in recent years the numbers have been going down, evidently reflecting that parents or grown ups have deserted the occasion and seemingly it has turned into a kids’ affair. This is despite the celebrations being officiated by President Mokgweetsi Masisi, and attended by his spouse Neo Masisi, Vice president Slumber Tsogwane, Minister of Youth, Gender, Sports and Culture, Tumiso Rakgare and other senior government officials.
It was expected that Batswana would fill up the National Stadium especially with so many entertainment activities lined up, but that was not the case as thousands of empty seats were visible across the stadium, especially the north and south stands. Those who braved the scorching sun to attend the occasion had little to cheer for the better half of the event.
There were activities like parachute display, artistic and cultural performances, and calisthenics presentations. The Botswana Defence Force Band or BDF Band as it is commonly known also kept the morning session alive with strings of performances. However, as usual, the Prisons Band proved popular and lightened up the atmosphere when it finally showcased.
Led by the legendary showstopper, Rebaone Koko, otherwise known as ‘Chicken Nandos’, the band entertained the crowd. They did a rendition of different songs like Makhadzi’s ‘Mmapula’ and Franco’s Moeriko to name but a few much to the excitement of the crowd.
As usual, the celebrations ended with a fly past demonstrations and parachute display.