Don’t believe the hype

Lesego Otlhabanye is the founder of Rising Tswana. Enjoy!

2017 began on an interesting note for me. After doing some work, behind the shadows I was all of a sudden catapulted in to the limelight. I was taking up more leadership roles, aggressively working to ensure I performed at work and doing all that I could to stay ahead in every area of my life. This of course came with recognition from friends, to acquaintances to complete strangers. I imagine sometimes, one might perceive me as someone who has “made it”. In fact I might as well believed it for myself as well.

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The Public Servant//Review

Rising Tswana’s Kutlo Olerilwe, shares his experience at the Public Servant Book Launch by Lazarus Takawira, Enjoy!

If you do not know the name Lazarus Takawira, I suggest you get yourself acquainted with it; my very informed prediction is that very soon, it will be a household name.

I had the privilege of attending the book launch of ‘The Public Servant’ by Lazarus Takawira recently at the University of Botswana Library Auditorium. I haven’t attended a lot of book launches before; however, far was this book launch from being any ordinary launch, why you ask?

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Five Rebel Girls of the Bible

Nina Dafe is the founder and editor of the, and author of “The Ultimate Guide to Eve” (set for release July 31st). Her mission is to help women understand God’s blueprint to womanhood and become the woman He ordained them to be. Start her free email course  at Understand God’s Blueprint for Womanhood in 5 Days. Enjoy!

Recently I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when I came across a video from Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (of called “If Cinderella were a Guy”. Through this video, they highlight the fact that women are impacted by misogyny as early as childhood for the following reasons:

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Life, Places and Voices

Andy Moithuti Batlhophi a returning writer is a Business Developer having had about 2 years developing concept papers for start up companies together with a year’s experience in consulting for small businesses in Equador through Pakta Consulting. Being passionate about Africa’s development, Andy aims to establish himself, within the few years, in community development.Enjoy!

It is an unfortunate truth that out destinies are subject to the kind of environment we grow up in.

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Abyss of Darkness: A Battlefield of the Mind

 Kagiso Matebesi loves God. She loves Books. She loves storytelling, poetry and words. She loves travel, food and she has a flair for style.Her passion is women; she is is a feminist and gender activist. She believes in helping others to find their full potential and to live their best lives.She fellowships at Pentecostal Holiness Church, Gaborone. Enjoy!

We use the word depressed loosely daily.

“Please do not depress me.”

“I failed my test, I am so depressed!”

“What a depressing situation you are in.”

I never thought I would be one to be diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety, mostly because I always felt I had control.

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God’s comfort over loss

Pearl Serite, a returning writer is a young ambitious lady who delights herself in the Lord. She was born and raised in the village of Serowe. She appreciates Christian poetry, reading and writing. She fellowships at Pentecostal Holiness Church,Gaborone. Her relationship with music is one of a complete devotion especially songs that minister to her.Enjoy!


Sadness at the passing nature of life first hit me at about fifteen years old. I was doing my Form 2 then, yet it still feels like yesterday. Heart aching. I had a sense of loss, thinking it would never be the same again without my great grandmother. For with that thought came the feeling that all is lost. Fun and laughter. Folk tales and memorable historical war stories were all lost. It is through her that I learnt about our Setswana culture. Stories about societal groups according to age and gender termed as “mephato”. I liked hearing about “mophato wa malekantwa” which directly translates to war testers.

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Let me be black

Lisa Bokani Motsu a returning writer, is a Christian young girl aged 18 who has found the love in writing as she believes that writing is the core of life. Just from a tender age writing has always been her passion. Her best interest is going to church because in the house of God she feels his presence. She Apostolic Faith Mission Church of Portland Oregon she strives to live above sin. She can testify to say that Jesus lives and He can save. Enjoy!

I was a black child so they rejected me. Their anger towards me was very intense, failing to understand the simple concept that, they do not know I was born that way just from the day I was received into this earth. Oh yes! It is my colour, a black coloured child and please be my guest to call me a “black child” atleast this time I do not really mind and you know why?

I am an African child. The daughter who was born and raised in the low land of this earthly soil.

Like loam soil, she portrays the characteristics of being rich in colour and her texture is thick and vibrant. If I told you that the sun is at fault for darkening my skin, I would be lying. I would further drug you with lies if I cautioned you to not look at me.

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I Said Yes

Neo Gababotse, a returning writer, is a graduate of the University of Botswana with a bachelor’s degree in Public administration and Economics.  She is an Administrator at Rising Tswana. She is currently serving in the church education committee at Pentecostal Holiness Church. Enjoy!

I said yes to Him and my life has never been the same since that day. I can still remember the day like it was yesterday. At first I hesitated but He never gave up on me. Today I am one of the happiest ladies living. My life has never been the same since I said yes to Him and life changed instantly. It was like everything took a new turn in a blink of an eye. The thing that moved me about Him was the sincerity of his love towards me. I did not know Him then but somehow I was assured that He is the one that I want to spend the rest of my life loving.Certainly, there is something unique about Him and His ways.

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O Etla// Selfless Generation

Rising Tswana’s Kutlo Olerilwe, shares his experience at the Selfless Generation song launch titled “O Etla” which translates to, He is coming!

This past April, Selfless Generation launched their first ever single titled ‘O Etla’ which in English simply translates to ‘He is coming’. The single launch took place at Acts Church in Gaborone to a room packed with people who came out to support the contemporary gospel band.

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