Botshabelo Writers’ Club celebrates World Mother Tongue Day

Members of the Botshabelo Writers’ Club on World Mother Tongue Day at the Botshabelo Library. PHOTO: LEBAKENG NKABI

The Botshabelo Writers’ Club celebrated World Mother Tongue Day at the Botshabelo Library recently. Poetry sessions in Sesotho and Xhosa, as well as the launch of a new Sepedi book formed part of the celebrations.

The writers’ club was established in 2016 and has since served as a hub where promising authors come to showcase their work and realise their dreams to publish their books in their home languages, such as Sesotho, Setswana and Sepedi.

The club’s 12 members have already released their own novels, short stories and poetry books, which are currently doing well in the market.

A new addition to the list is a poetry book called “Dikeledi tsa ntsu” by author David Marosa. The book was also launched as part of the World Mother Tongue Day to celebrate African languages.

Marosa said it was a memorable day for him because publishing his own books has always been a dream of his. “The fact that we celebrated World Mother Tongue Day with the launch of my first Sepedi book is exciting to me as an author. I am grateful for the help that the Botshabelo Writers’ Club members have shown me.”

The club’s founding member, Thabo Mosole, the author of a book called “Mohatsela wa Jase”, told Bloemfontein Courant that the day went according to plan. “For us as a club the celebration of African Languages is a great milestone, because we are slowly getting closer to our dream.”

Lebakeng Nkabi