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Botho University awards excellent performers

Publishing Date : 04 February, 2019

Author : KENNETH MOSEKIEMANG

Botho University held its inaugural annual student’s excellence awards this week in an effort to recognise student achievements beyond the classroom in areas of entrepreneurship, culture, community engagement, special needs, sport and leadership.


Vice-Chancellor, Finance and Employability, Priya Iyer said the awards are held annually and are organised by the students and alumni affairs department within the university. “As a university focusing on excellence, leadership and innovation all our students are expected to imbibe the qualities from the Botho Graduate Profile or BGP as popularly known,” she said.  “The Botho Graduate Profile is the final product we aim to produce. Not all these traits can be promoted from the class room. We also recognise that most of our students are 19 years old and above and hence can be classified as young adults with many habits already deeply ingrained,” she highlighted.


Priya said student participation and achievements in the various award categories are an immense source of pride for Botho University and it helps students in managing and balancing their academic commitment with their passion and therefore delivering great results. “Our sporting teams have made Botho University the number one sporting institution in the country winning all the major leagues and our students are also representing Botswana in national and international tournaments,” she added.


Priya expressed her gratitude to the university’s alumni who continued to remain in touch and are fiercely loyal about the Botho University brand and also entrepreneurs who contributes to the economy of the country. Donald Molosi who was a guest speaker for the night, said learning does not only happens within the classrooms, noting that individuals can always do tremendously well in extra-curriculum activities. Molosi cited himself as a typical example.


He studied Political science and Theatre but has excelled an as author for books. Molosi recently signed a deal with The Mantle in New York.  Molosi is a local actor, writer and playwright. He debuted off-Broadway in 2010 as Philly Lutaaya in ‘Today It’s Me,’ making him the first Motswana to perform off-Broadway in 2011.  Molosi won the Best Short Solo Award at United Solo Theatre Festival for his performance as Seretse Khama in ‘Blue, Black and White.’


In 2013, Molosi returned off-Broadway to perform Motswana: Africa, Dream Again. He played supporting roles in the following historic films, ‘A United Kingdom’ in 2016 and ‘Given’ 2009. As a playwright, Molosi has published a collection of his original off-Broadway plays, which include ‘We Are All Blue, Blue’, ‘Black and White’ and Motswana: Africa, Dream Again in 2016. Molosi said he has succeeded mostly in things that he did not learn in the classroom, urging the winners not to take for granted their talents.


De Beers, External Communications Manager and Corporate Affairs Kesego Okie said De beers has partnered with Botho University for special award given top performing student.  “The award is a result of a MoU between Botho University and De Beers which was signed last year, Botho University becomes the second beneficiary after University of Botswana,” said Okie.


Kutlo Molefhi who is a graduate of Bsc (Hons) in Business Management walked home with the award, taking home the prize of P5000; an internship opportunity at De Beers, and a experiential learning at one of their locations in Namibia and or South Africa as well as an automatic enrolment to the learning programme where she will receive a certificate of competence on successful completion.


Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) Chief Executive Officer, Tuelo Serufho, who was giving vote of thanks also affirmed that indeed a person may succeed greatly and earn a living from something that he was not trained for in class. He said is a teacher by profession but it was his love and dedication to sport he eventually drifted away from the profession to become a sport administrator.

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