On Saturday November 14th, the public will witness and experience a “genuine” wedding at the University of Botswana, where some students have organized a model wedding worth P27 000.
The model wedding is part of practicals for Personal Development and Growth course offered by University of Botswana’s outspoken lecturer, Logong Raditlhokwa.
The course aims at helping students develop mentally and spiritually, at the same time arming them with necessary life guidance to face all trials and tribulations of life in general.
The purpose of the model wedding, explained Raditlhokwa, is to “equip the youth with enough knowledge and understanding about weddings and how to maintain one, something that is not normally provided in our common weddings”.
Raditlhokwa further said the model wedding will also bring in new dimensions that are relevant to how we live today. One thing that will also happen, which is not common with our usual weddings is that the parents of the bride and the groom, both of which are students, will also be counseled together with their children.
The counseling of the parents “is essentially because there is often too much interference from parents in today’s weddings, which often lead to marriage failures”, said Raditlhokwa.
The parents counseling, which will be done publicly, will be to make parents aware of their roles in their children’s marriages. The counseling will be done by chiefs, village elders and legal practitioners.
Refilwe Dimpe, the Publicity and Entertainment chairperson, said so far they have managed to get Gaborone Central MP, Dumelang Saleshando, to grace the event, with Bakgatla paramount chief Kgosi Kgafela Kgafela supposed to attend or send Kgosi Bana Sekai Linchwe as a representative to the wedding, which will be held at the UB open graduation arena. The UB choral choir, some poets and other performers will feed the attendees with entertainment.
Gosego Molosi, the Organising committee’s treasure, said despite having made a quarter of the intended budget, they will definitely meet the budget as they are still expecting donations from students.
“Everything is on track; we have all the clothing for the couple and brides maids. We have also secured a cake and wedding rings, all I would appeal for is for companies and the nation at large to help with any funds they can manage and I also urge parents to come and witness this educational wedding,” Molosi said.
Caroline Lekorwe, the bride, said she is excited that she has been offered a chance to portray to the public how a genuine wedding should be like. Lekorwe, who will be tying the knot with her real life fianc├® of eight years in three weeks time, said although her fianc├® was not quite ok with the idea, he is now ok as he understands that it’s just class work.
“He is fine with it now, and my mother-in-law will attend.”
She also advised the youth to take the wedding seriously as it will help them tackle their future wedding hurdles.
The groom, Keith Kegotsitse, could not hide his excitement as he revealed that he was proud to be part of an event aimed at helping the public at large.
“I have told my girlfriend and hope she understands,” he said when asked whether he didn’t think his girlfriend might get jealous on seeing him wedding someone else.
Some of the people who will grace the event, according to the Organizing Committee chairperson Kerapetse Matshaba, are Tebogo Sebego- a legal representative, Reverend Maluso, Dr. G. Mookodi – a counselor, Kgosi Kgafela, Mr. Moshe Morebodi and other prominent people.