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Batlokwa to celebrate Mafifithwana Cultural Festival

Publishing Date : 07 August, 2017


The Batlokwa Tribe will this year, in a historic event celebrate their rebranded cultural festival away from the Kgotla since 2012. The event will also unveil the new trademark. The event which will be graced by Batlokwa- ba- ga- Bogatsu Chief in South Africa Kgosi Mokalake Motsatsi is now branded Mafifithwana Cultural Festival and will be held at Batlokwa Sports complex on the 19th August 2017.  

According to representatives from Batlokwa Development Trust and Tlokweng Village Development Committee (VDC), who are the organizers, the event has been taking place at the Tlokweng main Kgotla since 2012 with the aim of celebrating Batlokwa culture and reminiscing on their history as a tribe. The event which is spearheaded by Batlokwa Kgosi Puso Gaborone who also serves in his capacity as Chairman of Ntlo ya Dikgosi and his wife is celebrated as a way of preserving the Batlokwa culture.

According to one of the organisers, a member of Batlokwa Development Trust Lesego Lame Momeme, the decision to rebrand the event was taken in order to commercialize it. She said they want the Batlokwa event to resemble other bigger events such as Bakwena’s annual Dithubaruba Cultural Festival in Molepolole. “We have taken a decision to move it away from the Kgotla to a more open space, and inviting entrepreneurs to buy stalls,” she said.

The celebrations will be kick started by a fashion show on the eve of the event where renowned local designers will showcase different designs that distinguish Batswana as a nation. It is expected that Dikgosi, Gaborone and the visiting Motsatsi will address Batlokwa during the night. “This was a deliberate move because usually people don’t like speeches during the day of the celebrations,” said Momeme.  

Activities of the day include a dress parade that recognises and distinguish Batswana ladies which usually embrace Leteisi as a cultural dress. Batlokwa women will showcase their different designs of Leteisi and how they best wear it. Different wards will also come in song and dance to give entertainment as well as showcase the Tsamaiso ya patlo (wedding negotiations) and dijo tsa Setswana (traditional food) will be served in abundance.

According to Momeme it is always a challenge to organize the event as a trust being assisted by their Village Development Committee (VDC). This according to her requires a budget which is normally out of their control. She said they usually get help from stakeholders such as Choppies retail stores who give them food hampers to be eaten during the day. She said some Dikgosana also help by donating beasts which will be slaughtered during the event.  

Momeme further said that historically the event was organised by the Kgosi but this year he has delegated The Batlokwa Development Trust in partnership with Tlokweng VDC to spearhead the preparations. The event will be held under the theme: ‘Ngwao bontle jwa sechaba re ipela ka yone’ which literally translated means ‘our culture, the nation’s beauty and pride.’ She said since this is a national event, they will invite all Dikgosi who are available to come and participate at the event and enjoy their culture with them.



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