Matseko Ramotekoa from Botshabelo, a storyline writer for a daily drama on Lesedi FM and freelance journalist at the Daily Sun, is set to launch her first Sesotho novel, Bohale ba tlhaka, next month.
Ramotekoa says although the book is fiction, it is based on actual events. “It took me some time to write this book. I decided to write it in Sesotho after a nurse who had happened to listen to one of my daily dramas on Lesedi FM, Monyaka, told me that my Sesotho is perfect.
“She even approached me to teach young kids who attended private schools, since the Sesotho they are taught is at third or second language level. I saw an opportunity to keep Sesotho alive. Our African languages are slowly fading away, but is our duty as authors to make our languages fashionable in modern schools and even in our township schools,” says Ramotekoa.
She says her grandmother and mother, who have both passed on, played a big role in her writing. “They used to tell me all kinds of stories which fascinated me. Since I was unable to read and write back then, I used my imagination and played a picture of their stories every time I was alone.”
Speaking about her novel, Ramotekoa said some children are difficult to deal with. “Without proper guidance and patience children end up doing weird things for attention. As for the parents or guardians, they always get blamed for their children’s weird behaviour regardless of how hard they are trying to turn them into good people,” she says.
The official launch of Ramotekoa’s novel will take place at the Sechaba Mohobe Library in Botshabelo on 30 March 2019 at 14:00. Tickets to the launch are R100 per person, which include a light lunch. The novel will be sold at R150 per copy. – Lebakeng Nkabi