Muslims around Boteti disperse from Taraweeh prayers
LETLHAKANE: Muslims from across Boteti region who have been congregating in their droves at the Letlhakane Islamic Centre since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan have started dispersing to mark the end of the holy month activities.
The worshippers have been meeting everyday for Taraweeh prayers, special prayers performed by Muslims only during Ramadan, to mark the holy month in the Islamic calendar. The prayers are recited in pairs of two and can be prayed in at least twenty prescribed movements, during these prayers long portions of the Qur’an (Islam holy book) are passionately recited.
The Chief Imam (Priest) in Charge of the Letlhakane Mosque (a place of workshop for Muslims) Abubakari Ibrahim Dudu says in the last few weeks, Muslims from Rakops, Mopipi and Mokubilo started making their annual pilgrimage to Letlhakane as the village hosts the only Mosque in the Boteti region “this is the only mosque in Boteti, we have about 45 regular Muslims here in Letlhakane and during Ramadan we hosted about 75 worshippers from around Boteti” Dudu said.
He said before the gathering, Muslims from the Letlhakane Islamic Centre had traveled to Dukwi Refugee camp to offer Sadaqah (an Arabic word used in Islam to refer to religious giving or charity) “we started our activities by donating money and food packages to Dukwi Refugee camp near Francistown, we started the holy month by offering Sadagah. We plan to donate food and blankets to various charities and needy families in Letlhakane too”. He said. It is required of every Muslim to offer Sadaqah in abundance during Ramadan.
During the month of Ramadan, it is also compulsory for every sane adult male and female Muslim to fast daily as a means of achieving self control and spiritual transformation. According to the Chairman of Letlhakane Islamic Centre Abdul Hameedu Kunja, fasting means to abstain from food, drink and sex, to cleanse oneself spiritually so as to express gratitude and appreciation to Allah (God) for every single happiness and achievement in life.
“We are commanded by Allah to fast for one month during Ramadan and perform a lot of prayers (Taraweeh). We abstain from food to experience what hunger is all about, to sympathize with the less fortunate and needy, and to connect to a spiritual level where one commits to serve others”. He said.
He also said during the holy month as Muslims they have a commitment not only to excise extra restraint but to be extra generous in deeds and sharing of their bounties. “During this month we are not allowed to tell lies, to be rude or vulgar and to commit any sin. We have committed to give more and share with the community.
As such we are inviting the community of Letlhakane to come and eat here for free on Fridays. We are also inviting everyone for the Eid festival, (Arabic for festival breaking the fast).” he said. The holy month of Ramadan in 2015 began in mid June and will continue for 30 days ending in July. In the Islamic calendar, holidays begin on the sunset of the previous day, Muslims are required not to eat anything from sunset to sundown until the end of the holy month.
The Islamic Centre situate in Letlhakane was build in 2004, it comprises a Mosque as well as an Islamic Library and reading centre. The reading centre is open to the public free of charge. Lessons are currently being offered on managing a successful fast during Ramadan, resolving social ills within communities, building a society free of alcohol and drugs as well as preparing for life beyond death in the Islamic narrative.
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Dr Lame Pusetso comes to writer’s rescue
Multi award winning author of fifteen (15) books, Dr Lame Pusetso has put together a platform to empower local writers. Dr Pusetso is a President and Chairperson of the Executive Board of Kasapa Society.
She is also the Managing Director of Poeticblood Publishers and an owner of an online bookstore dubbed Mind and Soul Bookstores. Dr Pusetso has reiterated her commitment to helping upcoming authors, writers and poets in establishing their crafts and capitalizing on them.
In an exclusive interview this week, she said that she has put together a platform dubbed Botswana Literature Awards, which have fourteen categories.
When quizzed on what the awards stand for, Dr Pusetso said “writing as a form of art in Botswana is a skill that many have and have always been exploring. As a publisher, I have met different writers from all walks of life and some indicating that there isn’t enough motivation to keep going.”
In Botswana and according to the writer, there has been a limited representation of appreciation of authors. This is despite their efforts year in year out.
The whole intention of these awards really is to honor and recognize the hard work that local authors put in, when doing what they know best (writing).
“This is a way of appreciating their creativity and we will be doing this across all genres. The awards also act as a motivational tool to young writers who still have dreams of becoming best selling authors. Quite frankly, their works are of great importance and we cannot afford to let that slide like that.”
Dr Pusetso emphasized that all the winners will walk away with an award, a certificate and complimentary gifts to take home. “The two winners of Best Overall Author and Best Young Author will in addition receive book publication deals which includes book distribution and marketing for a year.
She gave a clearer picture of how authors can be a part of the literature awards.
“The awards are open to every author from the age of 7, must be a Motswana, and their book should have been published before or by 2022. For authors with more than one book, they are allowed to compete with only one book for one category, and different books for different categories.”
The young writer pinned hope on institutional collaborations, in order to stage the second edition of the awards next year, saying “We believe with these awards, the different institutions and stakeholders will show interest in helping nurture the literature scenario in Botswana.”
“It will also give authors hope and light to keep writing and penning down their stories for the benefit of all. We anticipate to host the next edition in 2024 with assistance from all interested parties.”
THE LITERATURE AWARDS CATEGORIES
Dr Pusetso stressed that there are fourteen (14) categories, and they are: Religious or Faith Based Book, Poetry Book, Children’s Book, Multi-lingual Writer, Best Collaboration, Setswana Novel, English Novel, Motivational Book, Best Young Author (7-13), Overall Best Author, Best Theory, Best Online Writer, Best Media Writer (Honor Award) and Honor Award (Long Serving Best Author).
EXPLAINING SPECIAL AWARDS
Best Media and Honor Award, Dr Pusetso said are not based on submissions but nomination by the committee. “For Honor Award, we want to appreciate the individual who has inspired the Botswana writing scenario over the years and even assisted numerous authors as both a writer and a community leader.”
The Best Media Writer award is meant to appreciate a journalist who is actively taking part in appreciating and helping authors in marketing, advertising and affording them a platform to showcase their works through their writing skills.
Meanwhile, the Botswana Literature Awards will be held on the 29th April and they are partially sponsored through the literacy grant. This is a grant under the Botswana National Library Services which falls under the Ministry of Youth, Gender, Sports and Culture.
Women’s Awards hit the ground running
The second edition of the much-anticipated Women’s Awards Botswana will be going down on the 27th May 2023 in Gaborone at Travel Lodge. The organizers of the prestigious awards have announced finalists, with three nominees per category.
Women’s Awards Botswana is established to empower women and celebrate them from all walks of life and across sectors. The awards raise awareness for women to be granted equal participation, particularly in decision-making positions, as one way of breaking the gender bias.
They also seek to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women from diverse industries in Botswana. Taking a closer look at the categories, He for She award celebrates and shines a light on men who stand and support women.
These are men who advocate for inclusion of women, men who stand against GBV and men who promote any service that can better women life. Her Abilities award looks into women who have shown determination to keep moving and achieve any goal they have set for themselves, regardless of their disability.
Other awards are self-explanatory. They celebrate women in arts, culture and entertainment, agriculture, creativity, innovation and technology, tourism and hospitality, community impact as well as organization supporting women.
ORGANIZER SPEAKS ON CRITERIA USED
When speaking in an interview, Founder and Director of Women’s Awards Botswana, Bofelo Zebe, said in their first edition, they had fifteen categories, which was enough for a piloting project.
“But we left out many industries or lines of work. After the event, we received reviews and suggestions, and there was an intensive evaluation that led to us increasing the categories to eighteen for this second edition.”
He said the nominees were voted in by the public, adding that the finalists were judged by a panel with the support of votes from their supporters.
When shedding light on what winners take home, Zebe indicated that there is an award trophy, certificate and goodie bags for all categories but “we are working to have financial sponsors jump on board so that winners and nominees can receive monetary incentives. We are also busy at work trying to retain our previous sponsors.”
THE 2023 WOMEN’S AWARDS BOTSWANA NOMINEES
HE FOR SHE AWARD
Desmond Lunga, Tlhabo Kgosiemang and Christopher Seagateng
BEST WOMAN IN ARTS, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
Ditshupo Mosoboloko, Thanolo Keutlwile and Seneo Mabengano
HER ABILITIES AWARD
Koketso Seleke, Goabo Kgasa and Mumsie Odirile
SPORTS WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Naledi Marape, Ouname Mhotsha and Keamogetse Kenosi
WOMAN FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Montle Rantatana, Lesedi Matlapeng and Trudy Bakwena
BEST WOMAN IN AGRICULTURE
Nomathemba Masuku, Basadi Molelekeng and Keolebogile Keabetswe
BEST WOMAN IN CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Marang Mbaakanyi, Didintle Moreki and Thandeka Palai
BEST WOMAN IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY
Masego Keleadile, Wapula Matshambane and Tshepo Phokoje
YOUNG WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Bridget Gothaang, Waone Makobo and Kimberly Matheakgomo
WOMAN OWNED SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Suits Africa, Nomlu Nail Bar and Sunflower Desserts
BEST WOMAN OWNED BUSINESS
Prezlin Clothing and Dawn Bell Academy
FEMALE MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Mpho Sebina, Dato Seiko and Priscilla K
BEST ORGANIZATION SUPPORTING WOMEN
Sekao Foundation, The Fighters Support Group and Single Mothers Living with HIV
BEST WOMAN WITH COMMUNITY IMPACT
Lebopo Bulayani, Nanzelela Chaitezvi and Kebadile Wasenda
MEDIA WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Poppy Sello, Keikantse Shumba and Kedi Lezozo
FAVOURITE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Marang Selolwane, Palesa Molefe and Masi Sithole
BEST WOMAN IN LEADERSHIP
Naseem Lahri, Neo Bogatsu and Lily Rakorong