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Mantsopa honours women of virtue

famoStaff Reporter/LENA

MASERU — Puseletso Seema, the locally renowned Famo female musician’s decade-long efforts have been recognised in the form of a prestigious ‘Mantsopa Communications Lifetime Achievement Award.

Seema was bestowed the honour in recognition of her music described as “captivating and timeless” at ‘Mantsopa Communication’s annual celebration to honour women in Maseru on Friday night.

The event was also to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day globally observed on November 29.

Seema expressed gratitude for the award and further praised Mantsopa Communications for honouring women and recognising their talents.

She was among ten other women who also received awards in different categories such as politics, media, agriculture, chieftainship, sports, human rights, disability and street vendors and community uplifting.

They expressed joy at having been recognised for their efforts also noting that they never expected anything like that.

Speaking at a similar event, Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing lauded Mantsopa Communications for taking a bold step towards “honouring women who are making a difference in people’s lives”.

According to Metsing, the move was honourable as it displayed talents while also exposing role models and mentors from whom “the younger generation can learn”.

The DPM added that Basotho should cultivate a culture of assertiveness and value for local achievers instead of hero worshiping foreign artists.

“We as a nation have never developed this attribute of recognising those who excel in different areas of development as such attitude is required to inspire and motivate change,” Metsing said.

Speaking of gender-based violence whose messages formed the highlight of the event, the Metsing appealed to perpetrators cease and for gender activists to create awareness and educate Basotho about the danger of gender-based violence.

“The message should also be packaged in such that Basotho understand, not overlooking the culture and best practices that have existed even before gender equality was advocated for,” Metsing said.

Mantsopa Communications founder Limpho Mokhochane congratulated women for their outstanding performance in their respective areas of development saying they “demonstrate patriotism while bringing change to the nation”.

The young artistes of the Mantsopa Communications graced the event with dances, dramas, and monologues with messages of gender-based violence appealing to Basotho, especially men to stop abuse of women and girls.



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