While walking across the UFS campus, third-year theology student, Thabiso Khoeli who hails from Botshabelo, never thought that being attracted by a Nal’ibali stall would lead to him being crowned the ‘Story Bosso’ of the Free State.
“I was not expecting this at all. It came to me as a great surprise and it was all so exciting. It made me realise that sometimes we do things not being aware of the blessing it could become. Having my story be selected the overall winner in the Free State, has boosted my confidence and belief in myself. I was inspired by my interest in the current affairs and documentaries, which has shown me that we should show interest in our local heroes and what they do for our communities, so that I can know more about them,” said Khoeli.
Khoeli entered his story, My hero, Caster Semenya, for a special storytelling event at the Bloemfontein campus of the University of the Free State. This year’s theme for the multilingual storytelling talent search was South African Heroes, which aimed to inspire greatness in young and old by reminding them of the values that local heroes stand for.
Khoeli received prizes which include R1 000, a book hamper as well as R250’s worth of airtime. “The prize came at the right time because I needed the funds. I also asked them to donate my Nal’ibali book voucher to primary school children as I feel strongly about creating a culture of reading among young children,” added Khoeli.
Nal’ibali Managing Director, Jade Jacobsohn, added, “Heroes guide us about how to live our lives; they give us hope and motivate us to overcome challenges. Stories need to be valued for the critical contribution they play in the development of young minds. They help build neural circuits in our brains, particularly in young brains, that ultimately enable sophisticated thinking and reasoning.”
To listen to the winning stories or to find out more about Story Bosso and the Nal’ibali campaign, visit the Nal’ibali website on www.nalibali.org. – Seithati Semenokane