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Molaya Kgosi HerStory Documentary ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WFOREWORD e would like to immensely show our gratitude to Dr Chiepe, ProfW Selelo Mogwe, Dr Nasha and Ms Sefhako for opening up their elcome to the first edition of Molaya Kgosi Herstory, The making offices and homes to us to share their lives with everyone. It’s safe to of. It has been an amazing journey from the day we decided to go say without them, the first series of Molaya Kgosi HerStory would not exist. ahead with this project and every day since has been an adventure. Our Sponsors; The United States of America Embassy in Botswana, The DepartmentMolaya Kgosi Leadership and Mentorship Program filters from the Young African of Women Affairs, Sauti Arts and Performance Managing company, Gaborone SunWomen Leaders Forum initiated by the First Lady of the United States of America and Cresta President Hotel without their financial, technical and moral support ourMrs Michelle Obama and is led by young Batswana women who are alumni of the ideas wouldn’t be a reality. We thank the Ministry of Education, Secondary Educationforum. The purpose of this programme is to re-define women leadership; to empower Department Guidance and Counselling for finding great interest in the project,young women through exposing them to seasoned women leaders (mentorships and enough to distribute to Secondary schools. A special thank you to all individuals whonetworking) and celebrating successes of women in Botswana and the world over. believed in this project and who provided advice pre, post and during production.When we started the program, we wanted to reach young women across the country;however, the breadth of Botswana tends to make it very difficult for us to penetrate torural areas. One of the main issues with most youth empowerment programs is theirinaccessibility to the youth in places like Xere, Motopi and Nzwenshambe; the ruralareas. We did not want to continue with this geographical discrimination and wewere looking for ways we can reach out to the prime youth of Botswana, recognizingthat young women in rural areas are more vulnerable and need more exposure andmotivation. The Molaya Kgosi HerStory series seemed like just the best mode forachieving our goal. The goal was to inspire and empower the younger generationthrough the works of the older, pioneering women who have been influential inthe development of their sectors. Also equally important was to celebrate womenleaders of Botswana; we are fortunate to be living in a time when we can stillconverse with the ground breakers of the development of Botswana while in othercountries, they have to read history books to understand the work that went intodeveloping their countries. Given such an opportunity, it would have been such ashame for us not to use it and our grandchildren would shame us for such a failure.So much history has been made and the baton is being passed to us as the youth.We won’t be the generation that will fight for independence, that will sign someiconic mineral deals with Debeers, we won’t be the ones to establish a whole nursingsystem but we are that generation that will improve on what has been made, thegeneration that will build industries, the one that will find a cure for HIV/AIDS, thegeneration that will end extreme poverty. There is still so much more for us andgenerations to come to achieve, many innovations that are awaiting that first step.We hope this documentary film meets expectations, is thought provoking and willgive someone, somewhere a push they need to lead their community to greatness.All the best,Bogolo KenewendoExecutive producer, Molaya Kgosi HerStory Page 2 Page 3
Dr Gaositwe Chiepe Dr Magaret NashaI N n the quest to adequately describe and capture the true description of asha; affectionately known as Nananyana was born in Kanye, South east Ms. Gaositwe Keagakwa Tibe Chiepe we looked to various sources, Botswana. She is the first female Speaker of Parliament in Botswana. see below for what some of them had to say. We hope this is afitting introduction to a woman who is all of the mentioned and more. Nasha is a shrewd politician who has advantage of exposure for having served “an intellectual, educator, diplomat, politician and cabinet minister of external the country as a civil servant in her heyday. This gives her extensive knowledge affairs” – Whos Who SA of the government systems and procedures. She has worked at the department of “...luminous career, spanning decades of dedicated civil service... pan- African Broadcasting and has served as a diplomat and the Permanent Secretary of the peace mediator and anti-apartheid campaigner” – Proudly African Ministry of Foreign affairs and International Cooperation. She later joined politics and has served first entered Cabinet in 1994, serving at some of the powerfulMs. Gaositwe Keagakwa Tibe Chiepe was born in Serowe in 1925. She attended ministries of local government; where her relationship and appreciation of theprimary school in Serowe then pursued her secondary education at Tigerkloof traditional courts and Chiefs was marvelled. She has also served as the Minister(South Africa). Following which she completed a Bachelor of Science Degree and of presidential affairs and public administration. She is very outspoken and shePost Graduate Diploma in Education at Fort Hare, and later on attained a Masters has attracted sobriquets like “The Iron Lady of the BDP” mainly because of herof Arts at the University of Bristol (England). She holds a number of honorary firmness. At political rallies and parliamentary debates, Nasha never ceased toDoctrate degrees from various intitutions including Fort Hare and the University amaze. She has chaired the powerful BDP Women’s Wing with aplomb as well asof Chicago and has received several awards such as the Commander of Royal chairing the party’s sub-committee of Political Education and Election CommitteeOrder of Polar Star, King of Sweden and President’s Order of Honour, Botswana. (PEEC).She has received several awards including President’s Order of Honour, Botswana. . Nasha is a Children’s rights activist; fought for the Children’s rights charter and established the Masiela trust fund which takes care of orphans.Amoung the firsts accomplished by Ms. Chiepe, she was the first woman educationofficer of Botswana from 1948 to 1953, as well as the first woman to be appointed acabinet minister. Ms. Chiepe was instrumental in developing Botswana’s educationsystem and is known to many as the woman who fought for free education in Botswana.She was the Minister of Mineral Resources and Water Affairs in 1977 – 1984 during thecrucial Debswana negotiations which saw the Botswana Government become a greatplayer in the diamond industry and benefit immensely from diamond revenues; 35years later, the Debswana deal contributes about 30percent to government revenues. Page 4 Page 5
SERARA SELELO-MOGWE JUDITH SEFAKOM S efhako born in Molepolole, a passionate poet is a foirmidable force in the ogwe born in Bobonong, Central Botswana is arguably the most respected cultural sector. The term “cultural activist” appears to fall far short of adequately name in the nursing profession of Botswana, but it was not an easy describing what Sefhako has achieved in terms of developing, lifting and journey. Her name is a proud statement on the board of excellence at promoting the various Batswana cultural, audio and visual arts over several decades.the Durban-based McCord Zulu Hospital where she became the institution’sfirst black nursing teacher. She would go on to become the first Motswana Best known for establishing Ditholwana Cultural Ensemble which is associatedwoman to earn a PhD and later become a full professor. Selelo-Mogwe. with the dizzy heights of cultural artistic performance locally and internationally - through their numerous global tours, awards and successes. She startedSelelo-Mogwe’s performance at McCord’s training institution was so exceptional off as a Primary school teacher who had great interest in 4B, the traditionalthat immediately after she earned her diploma in nursing and midwifery, the arts performance extracurricular activity in schools; her schools excelled andhospital took her on as a teacher, even though she did not have the qualifications. she eventually decided to focus on what she loves best, promoting culture.After completing her first degree in Canada, she tried to return home but foundthat there was no planning position available for a black woman. So she applied Ditholwana took Botswana by storm in the mid-1990s with their repertoire ofto Zambia and started that country’s first school for registered nurses in Kitwe. colourful performances encompassing the music and dance from many local tribes. The “starburst” nature of their arrival on the local scene was proved byIn 1969, Selelo-Mogwe became the country’s first Motswana Chief Nursing Officer their international tours including countries like Zimbabwe, the Unitedand the situation she found in the nursing profession was bleak. In order for one to Kingdom, USA and South Africa - during which they picked up severalbe accepted to study nursing, they had to have failed their Junior Certificate Exam; awards and also conducted workshops for fellow traditional musos.as Selelo-Mogwe puts it: “In order to be accepted to become a nurse, you first hadto prove you were a failure!” Selelo-Mogwe would make momentous changes in the Led by Sefhako, the group continued to climb the scales internationally,nursing education system of Botswana during her 10-year-tenure as Chief Nursing receiving one of their biggest honours with an invitation to perform at 2010’sOfficer. First, she restructured the nursing course so that the material could be taught FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Dance groups mushroomed all over thein three years rather than four, facing strong opposition from her counterparts in the country in varying degrees, eager to emulate the Ditholwana success.Nurses Examination Board for Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (NABLES). Onceagain, Mogwe defied all expectations when students of the newly restructured course Beyond Ditholwana, Sefhako has successfully developed and launchedin Botswana consistently outperformed students from Lesotho and Swaziland. the Molaletsa cultural village, which offers visitors a variety of cultural activities and traditional foods for a more holistic Botswana experience.She then went on to pull Botswana out of NABLES altogether so that she could With Sefhako and her group having created demand for traditional music, theestablish Botswana’s own National Health Institute, and go on to restructure the international community began eagerly keeping an ear to the ground for the latestcourse further so that it suited the needs of people in Botswana. The institute now from Botswana. Today, shrewd entrepreneurs are pioneering cultural tourism ashas five campuses and has educated more than 3,000 nurses. Professor Mogwe a more sustainable alternative to safari and Okavango delta-based activities,has also been inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame at Columbia University, USA. leveraging off the international goodwill generated by Sefhako and Ditholwana. Page 6 Page 7
The making of Molaya Kgosi HerstoryT his project took us between 6-8 months; conception, garnering support, fund raising, shoots, sleepless nights editing and finalizing.Our first interview was with Dr Nasha, held at her office in Parliament. What awoman! It was clear from the onset that she means business. She gave usa full story of her life, a very open woman and we got carried away listening toher story, if it were not for the jealousy of time we’d have loved to share all of it.The second was Dr Chiepe, we shot her interview at her home in Gaborone. DrChiepe is a natural diplomat. She is very punctual; we would find her waiting bythe gate to let us in at the exact time agreed. It was very difficult for her to own hersuccesses without mentioning her team throughout; a true leader who believes aleader is only as good as her team. She is very charming and it was really tough forus to leave her house especially with all the scones and tea, we felt right at home.When we met with Prof Mogwe for the first time she was recovering from an illness butshe still had an incredible energy and aura. Selelo -Mogwe speaks her mind which madeher interview very interesting. She welcomed us into her home just outside Lobatsewhere apart from being educated we got fed some delicious home-made goodies. Sheis very hospitable, engaging and really, just a fantastic woman to spend a day with.Lastly we interviewed Ms Sefhako who insisted on speaking Setswana,naturally, as a cultural activist. She was very accommodative, open andwe had a feeling that at any point she’d break out into song and startdancing; that’s the amount of energy and positivity that was present duringher interview. Her self-titled poem caught us off guard and blew us away! Favorite Quotes and Moments‘You think just because you are wearing pants you are better than me…?’ Nasha‘I won 5pounds, it was a lot of money at the time…I bought a shoes, a jacket for myuncle and a tukwi (head scarf)’ Chiepe‘..Not someone giving it to me but earning my own (PhD)!’ Mogwe‘I love going on tour with my group, it opens them to many opportunities..’ Sefhako Page 8 Page 9
Behind The Scenes Credits - Get To Know Them Honorary: Dr Margaret Nasha Ms Gaositwe Chiepe Professor Serara Selelo-Mogwe Ms Judith Sefhako Molaya Kgosi / BOYUNA Team: Bogolo Kenewendo Kabelo Ngwenya Temwanani Karen Phiri Koketso Majuta Priscilla Rabasimane Rapula Kegopilwe Tebogo Oletile Nomakhosi Mookodi Bonolo Monthe Abigail Monthe Lesedi Moamogwe Masedi Letsididi Sefalana Lobelo Poems by: Tjawangwa Dema Production Companies 267 Media House Kawa Entertainment Sponsors: US Embassy Cresta President Dept of Womens Sauti Arts and Gaborone Sun Botswana Hotel Affairs, BW Performance Page 10 Page 11
Molaya Kgosi Herstory brought to you by Molaya Kgosi Women Leadership and Mentorship program, an educational and inspirational documentary that takes you through the lives of some of the women who were and still are instrumental and influential in the development of various sectors of Botswana. It gives you a first look into the lives of the following award winning women: Dr Chiepe: Educationalist: The 1st woman MP and Minister Prof Khupe-Mogwe: Pioneering Health Professional Dr Nasha: 1st Women Parliament Speaker Ms Sefhako: Cultural activist, DitholwanaBooklet Designed By: 267 Media House