Talented local poet, mental health activist and motivational speaker Mmakgosi Tau, will on September 8 host an exclusive poetic affair to emphasize the importance of dialogue on mental health. The event, which be held at Travel Lodge, promises to bring forth healing through poetry and song, says the poet.
“The theme of the night is ‘Rooted in Africa’, which entails spoken word poetry, song and a traditional Setswana buffet to bring the theme a little closer to home. The gist of the night is to share my true life experiences, my healing journey and the faith, hope as well as love that has been restored through storytelling and poetry,” she explains.
Tau, who has overcome bipolar and depression, says the event is a testimony of her journey reflecting how art has healed her: “Poetry is who I am. For the past 18 years I’ve lived art, and every challenge pushed me to keep pushing. After overcoming bipolar and depression there was a call to inspire people and I have seen the impact this art has had on Batswana. This event is a creative blend of social development, mental health advocacy and personal development. The stories are real, raw and rare.”
Speaking on who the show features, she says people can expect a treat of local talent and some of the proceeds will go towards a charitable cause. “The show features the likes of Poetess Phopho, and Tshegofatso Kwadiba. Art evokes change, thus 40% of the proceeds from the event will be awarded to three community development projects that we have been actively involved in. The first being a family of 17 living in Ramaphatle Village in a two roomed house and the second being a soup kitchen for the less privileged in Tsolamosese that takes place every Thursday without fail. Then there is Sekei Girls, a skills development mentorship program she co-founded with Poetess Phopho designed to give young boys and girls a powerful start to flourishing in the creative writing and performing industry,” added the poet.
For more on her show, visit her facebook page ‘Mmakgosi’