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Dr Chiepe

Publishing Date : 09 April, 2018

Author : DAVE BAAITSE

A Woman of Many Firsts returns to Maitisong  

The extraordinary story of Dr Gaositwe K.T. Chiepe, A Woman of Many Firsts returns to Maitisong Festival bigger, better and bolder this year, Director, who is also Chiepe’s granddaughter Moduduetso Lecoge has assured. Lecoge wanted to be the first to tell the extraordinary life of national service her grandmother lived through theatre, by writing it out and acting it out. The piece premiered at the 2016 Maitisong Fetival where it go a standing ovation.     


The story chronicles the life of Dr Chiepe from her childhood as a young Motswana girl growing up in Serowe Village in Botswana, the same village where Botswana’s founding President Sir Seretse Khama and his family came from. It tracks her education path through secondary school at the prestigious Tigerkloof College in South Africa during the apartheid era. Thereafter, with the help of the Government of Botswana’s (then Bechuanaland Protectorate) scholarship, she proceeded to Fort Hare University where she completed as the first black African female to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology and Botany. Furthermore, she went to read for her Master’s Degree at the University of Bristol in the UK in the 1950’s. She was the first Motswana female to attain a Master’s degree.


Dr Chiepe’s illustrious career in education, administration, diplomatic service and politics spans over 5 decades from 1948 to 1999. She was the first Motswana female Education Officer during her time. She climbed the ranks until she became the first female Director of Education. Then she later became the first female African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom after Botswana’s independence. For a long time, Dr. Chiepe was the only female in the Botswana Cabinet; first as a specially elected Member of Parliament and later an elected Member of Parliament for Serowe South.


During her life, she achieved a lot of firsts as a young girl, as a working woman and in politics, hence the title of the play A Woman of Many Firsts. Botswana needs to know a bit more about this icon. She has created a legacy by being grounded on selflessness, respect, tenacity and hard work, characteristics of a typical Motswana. She will go down in the annals of history as one of Botswana’s pioneers, championing unparalleled quality education for every Motswana child.


Her legacy and character must live on and be emulated by young women in Botswana and Africa to always become the best that they can be. As Botswana celebrates her 50 + 1 anniversary of independence, it is also fitting that a story of the daughter of the soil is told.
The play will be showing at the Moving Space (at Maru-a-Pula School) on the 13th of April at 8. 30 pm, the 14th of April at 6 pm and 15th of April at 4 pm.

Tickets are available for P100 at the Maitisong office and Webtickets. For more information please contact Moduduetso Lecoge on +267 74049239 or dlecoge@gmail.com and www.maitisong.org/ secretary@maitisong.org/ +267 3971809








 

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