SA Got Talent Winner Botlhale Has Spunk

You’ve seen her on South Africa’s got talent; wearing her adorable smile, reciting her powerful poems, filling the room with her angelic voice, and her facial expression. Botlhale Boikanyo captured the hearts of South Africa in her first audition when she recited “My First Black President”, making Shado Twala (one of the judges) shed a tear and sending shivers down my spine.

Born in Mafikeng; and the eldest of 3 children, her philosophy is “Education+ Jesus= Success”. She is a member of Mmabana arts, culture and sports club; and has always found herself in leadership positions. Aspiring to be like Lebo Mashile, this 11 year old young girl is well on her way. From her busy schedule, the winner of SA got talent had time to talk to Parable Magazine.

What led you to enter SA Got Talent?

I have always wanted to enter the competition but was not sure how, so when I saw the advert about their auditions, I knew that was my chance and I went for it.

How was your journey in the competition and what kept you going?

It was a journey filled with mixed emotions, sometimes very stressful and sometimes very exciting. The thought of possibly being crowned the winner of SA’s biggest talent show kept me going.

How does it feel, now that you have won?

I am very happy and very proud of myself for such a great achievement

How has it been growing up in Mafikeng?

Growing up in Mafikeng has been a very humbling experience, because I grew up in a village where a child is raised by the whole community and every elderly person is your parent. So that has taught me respect

When did your passion for poetry start?

When I was performing for the first time at the age of 6, the response I got from my audience was amazing, and since that day, I knew I was born for this

Do you want to be a poet when you finish High School, if not what is it that you want to be?

I want to be an entrepreneur, a poet and an actor

What do you do in your spare time?

I love reading; I play with my friends, do visual arts or dance

Any words of advice for little girls and boys who want to be poets?

They should believe in themselves and have faith in God, for with faith, nothing is impossible

Where do you get your enthusiasm from?

I guess it just comes naturally, blame it on genes

Now that you have won, what can we expect from Botlhale?

A whole lot more than what you have seen, just watch the space!

Writer: Lerato Princess- Teresa Mashego

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