(Bloemfontein) – Nal’ibali, the national-reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has announced 11-year-old Lindiwe Makhoba from Mangaung, Bloemfontein, as the national winner of its annual storytelling contest, Story Bosso.
Free State pupil, Lindiwe Makhoba, wins Nal’ibali’s nationwide storytelling talent search: SA Good News.

Chosen from over 6 000 entries collected from across the country, Makhoba’s winning entry, My Life as a Princess, is a masterfully-told, multilingual poem with the power to inspire the nation.

Each year Nal’ibali hosts its month-long Story Bosso drive in September or Literacy Month, to encourage members of the public, young and old, to get storytelling in their home languages. A simple yet effective method to lay the literacy foundations that children will need to learn to read and write; storytelling is something that anybody can do: anytime, anywhere. The sharing of stories is also part of the collective culture and heritage of all South Africans.

This year the talent search attracted a record number of entries and included a provincial road-show with celebrated storytellers, including Gcina Mhlope and Sindiwe Magona, giving special demonstrations of their craft to adults and children in different parts of the country. Driving the initiative at local level, Nal’ibali Literacy Mentors held over 100 audition and entry events in seven provinces to source stories directly from communities and from Nal’ibali’s network of over 1 000 reading clubs.

Makhoba, a Nal’ibali reading-club member, entered at Kgato Primary School where she attends school, and where her win was announced on Friday 27 October. With a passion and talent for poetry, the award is an acknowledgement of her promising skill.

“One of the most important aspects of any story or poem is it’s potential to inspire change. Lindiwe does exactly that. Her confidence was evident and her use of her home language to harness her delivery made it rhythmic and poetic. The use of two languages is tricky, but when mastered as in this case, it becomes exceptional,” commented Bongani Godide, a Story Bosso judge and Gauteng-based storyteller.

An original piece written by Makhoba herself, the inspiration for the poem came from the discrimination she has experienced as a child. Her intention in writing it is to encourage adults and other children to recognise and see the value of young people.


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