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Child Star, Marang joins BYM alumni

Publishing Date : 03 October, 2017


Former child star, Marang Molosiwa of Mantlwaneng fame was among 100 other young Africans who attended the week long Brightest Young Minds (BYM) Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. The summit started on September 24 and ended yesterday (Friday 29th).

Each year, BYM identifies 100 young people (between 20 and 35) who are creating a positive social impact and are interested in learning from innovative young people. According to their website, BYM not only connects but mobilizes Africa’s most innovative and responsible people. At the annual summit, the young leaders are challenged to think about and act on solving social and environmental challenges. Molosiwa could not contain her excitement when she openly expressed her joy for being among the chosen 100 for the BYM summit.

“Proud to announce my participation in this year's Brightest Young Minds! BYM brings together 100 of Africa's top minds who are young, creative and impactful change makers! It is a privilege to be in the presence of youth from across Africa making incredible contributions in their communities! Let's turn Africa's potential to reality! We are its future leaders,” she posted on her Facebook page on Monday.

Molosiwa came onto the spotlight at only 11 years old as a budding presenter on the national broadcaster’s only children’s program, Mantlwaneng. She would later resurface years later, co-hosting My African Dream, a talent search show by Maru-a-Pula school. She then moved away from the small screen and tried her hand in radio drama- a feat which landed her even more fans. In 2009 she took on the lead role in an HIV themed short film that formed part of the Soul-City/BP 10 part series, One Love Stories, another feat which probably inspired her to enrol for her first degree in drama at the University of Pretoria and for a Postgraduate degree in Drama and Film at the Wits University.

A self confessed advocate for the arts, Marang has been using her artistic skills to further promote the arts and encourage social change through performance. Beyond all this, the 25 year old has also been involved with an association that engages young women in relevant conversation about adulthood- “Minds for Tomorrow” which was founded in 2014. The association’s objective to provide a space for conversations aimed at yielding meaningful exchanges and calls to action amongst Botswana’s youth.

In 2015, in honour of International Youth Day she was recognized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as one of the young Batswana who “engaged in any community work, and had civic engagement in the community”. She has been actively tweeting and posting on Facebook about the summit:  “Amazed by the work my fellow young Africans are doing in their countries and for the continent. We are all trying to effect change in our communities with the use of our unique interests and strengths! Connecting, engaging, and collaborating,’ she wrote on her Facebook wall on Wednesday.

She declined to comment on the development, telling WeekendLife that she would not be doing any interviews for now. “I trust you are well! Unfortunately it won't be possible. I am currently not doing any interviews for some time,” she wrote in response to this reporter who had requested an interview with her.

Brightest Young Minds (BYM) is a 17-year old non-profit company that exists to create a positive social impact by identifying, connecting and mobilising 100 high-impact leaders between the ages of 20 – 35 across the African continent. Established leaders, which have included Ahmed Kathrada, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, Michael Jordaan and Ketso Gordhan, have been involved with the program, inspiring delegates at the summit.



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