Ensemble Honours Veteran Broadcaster (allAfrica.com)

| September 14, 2015

It was pomp and fanfare Saturday (September 12) as ‘Basimane ba Mokwena’, a poetic ensemble from Molepolole, invaded Moshupa and had many eating out of its palm as it displayed sheer poetic par excellence in honour of veteran broadcaster, Lesego Agnes Kgajwane.

The ensemble, led by veteran master poet, Rabojalwa Keetlile, known for its utter artistic expression and the ease with which it pieces together Setswana words left many spellbound as each individual member showcased high-caliber poetic supremacy.

That they remain amongst the most feared groups countrywide in their category is beyond reproach.

Dipako Sesianyane, a member of the ensemble and composer of the poem “The Ever Assiduous Lesego”, said his group’s gesture was to appreciate the diligence with which Kgajwane applied herself throughout her notable 25-year career at Radio Botswana.

Given to you is the voice of a Queen, a voice of prominence. A royal voice as that of an ewe bleating endearingly for its young. Your talking captures the awfully wonderful mind, overwhelmed by an avalanche of evils. Then the distressed listener would calm the mind with laughter just as your laughter is as nice as that of two love struck birds-dazed by an eclipse of love. Lesego your laughter remedies our hearts; heavily laden with the obscenities of this world, reads the poem in part.

Bakwena Paramount Chief, Kgosi Kgari III, a patron of ‘Basimane ba Mokwena’ said other than promoting and preserving Bakwena culture, the group stole his heart with its rich poetry.

“Other than using their God given talent to earn a living, they spur on people to do their best in their various disciplines to build a better Botswana,” he said.

Area MP and Vice-President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, who graced the occasion, reminded his audience that it was unheard of elsewhere to have such co-existence where you could have people from another tribe expressing their love and appreciation for someone else and not their own.

That, he said, was what made Batswana distinct from any other nation across the globe.

Particularly, Masisi was encouraged by the notion of celebrating the good work of somebone who was still alive as was not the case in many instances. For her part, Kgajwane, who shed one or two tears of joy, said God was the one who authored her life and that it was the grace of God that continued to sustain and propel her to greater heights.

“This cannot be the work of anyone person but God. He gives strength to those who trust in him and they mount up with wings like eagles in their many endeavors in life,” she said of her achievements.

She also attributed her achievements to support she got from colleagues.

Radio Botswana head of News and Current Affairs, Kesaobaka Keoreng, who described Kgajwane as an easy-going and loving person thanked in particular ‘Basimane ba Mokwena’ for recognising and honouring Kgajwane.

He said Kgajwane made headway in radio primarily because she remained herself, something he stated won her the hearts of many listeners.

That, according to Keoreng, should challenge many aspiring broadcasters never to copy anyone if they wanted to emulate Kgajwane and be forces to be reckoned with in their careers. Earlier on, Kgosi Oscar Mosielele urged Batswana never to shy away from recognising and supporting their fellow citizens.


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