On the evening of December 4th WABO members and literature enthusiasts gathered at Alliance Francaise to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the association and to launch the 30th anniversary edition of our literary journal, Mahube. The publication partially sponsored by Botswana's Department of Arts and Culture.
Contributors to this issue of the journal include:
David Kerr -short story
Phenyo Faith Otukile- poetry
John Mhongovoyo-poetry/short story
Wazha Lopang- short story
Nicholas Keitshokile- poetry
Tiro Sebina- poetry
Monty Fanikiso Moswela-poetry
Ontiretse Ben Magogwe- poetry
Bobana Badisang - poetryThe people in attendance were welcomed by WABO's current treasurer, Irene Ramatala.
The programme for the evening started with a brief history of how WABO started. Poet and University of Botswana lecturer and former WABO chairperson Barolong Seboni told the gathering about why the original members decided to start an association for writers and spoke about some of the projects they started including a radio show on RB1 called Writers' Corner.
Bobana Badisang, long time member of the association, spoke about some of the projects WABO has been engaged in over the years. She also spoke about why writers' associations are so important.
Current chair of the organisation, poet TJ Dema, told the audience about the plans the present committee has for the organisation including the establishment of an office, monthly writing workshops, and the archiving of the history of the organisation.
Many of the contributors were in attendance and read from their writing.
The vote of thanks was given by the current vice chair, Lauri Kubuitsile. The evening ended with snacks,food and conversation as attendees bought copies of Mahube and had them signed by contributors. Many people signed up for membership and paid their annual subscription fee as well. It was a fantastic evening.