Monday, 6 February 2017

Ntema nominated for Botswana Youth Awards 2017

Ngamiland native, Chobe resident Creative artist and international Author Mambo Ntema has been nominated for the upcoming Botswana Youth Awards 2017 under Best Youth Promoting Culture & Heritage (code: BYPC). 

Ntema's commitment in the transition of the creative arts industry has a traceable artistic record as a Dancehall artist since 2002, Culture and heritage activist, a Folk-Jazz musician since 2013, a self-published writer and Creativepreneur. His poetry anthology, Soul Seeds was published on February 2014 in the United Kingdom through Xlibris Publishing. Has traveled to present African art's creative diversity in Hamburg Germany in 2015 at Voelkerkunde Museum
      Nominee: Onalethuso Ntema                 Botswana Youth Awards 2017                      

To Vote, Type "BYPC Onalethuso Ntema" and send sms to 17272. 

Voting open until 21 April 2017. SMS cost P2. Vote! Vote! Vote! Your support is honorably appreciated, Botswana mobile networks.  

Botswana Youth Awards 2017, "The Possible Dream: Embracing Tomorrow"...

Read more about Mambo Ntema:
Ntema Unravels Soul Seeds: Daily News
Ntema in Germany: allAfrica Stories (Daily News)
Conversations with Ntema: Afroartvism
Poetry collaborations: Sunday Mail Zimbabwe

Safari Packages:

Creative Tourism Packages 2017 Chobe Botswana

The travel and tourism trends are gradually exploring other creative alternatives as 'a participant tourist and traveler'. In Botswana, Southern Africa, culture and heritage have become tourism product value-adders in so to increase the tourist length of stay through creative cultural experience and exchange. Hence, in Kasane, the jewel of Africa's (and the world) magnificent nature and wildlife, the Creative arts industry surrounds the creativescapes to interpret and illustrate the Nature, Wildlife and People as cohabitants of Mother Nature's. 

We offer creative safari packages for a variety of cultural tourism activities for your delight and memorable experience:

  • Native/Folk-Jazz acoustics music. 
  • Native Drumming sessions.
  • Orator/Storytelling (infusion of Folk-Poetry).
  • Poetry Book Reading and recital sessions.
  • Traditional Song and Dance sessions; Seperu, Diwari, Setapa, Tsutsube, Dikhwaere, Phathisi. 
  • CreativEnsemble Cultural performances.
  • Traditional Instruments session; Thumb piano, Folk Guitar, Hand drum, Marimba, Rattles.
  • Art and Crafts market Tours.
  • Theatrical Storytelling and Folk Song session.
  • Tour de Kasane (Sunset walks, Nature walks, Kasane Prison Baobab monument, Kasane Hot Springs).
  • Boat Cruise in the Chobe river, along border with Namibia's Caprivi Strip.
  • Game Drive in the Chobe National Park.
  • Mobile Camping Safaris to Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi/Nxai Salt Pans, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Tsodilo Hills.
  • Sexaxa Cultural Village, Old Shoshong village tours.
  • Mabele and Kavimba village tours in the Chobe enclave, through the Chobe National Park.
  • Lesoma Monument tour, driving through tarred road and forest reserves.
  • Victoria Falls Day Trip (Zimbabwe).
  • Cultural and Music Festivals.

We also have accommodation packages through our strategic business collaborators. 

Targeting groups of 12 pax per expedition, students, corporate (team building), etc. 

Also, customized packages with rates and Itinerary can be provided through an email inquiry to our Marketing team: or
 CAAO CreativEnsemble Cultural Performance          Poetry Reading

Safari Packages: 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Tswana Same: Poko Puo

Tswana Same: Poko Puo
Bitso lame ke bidiwa Mambo,
Monnatia ke tshwere sekano;
Ka dipina le maboko,
Ke duma jaaka Duma Boko;
Ke bua ke sena lekoko, ke tsholeditse mabogo,
Gake bate (tsone) diphoso, ke tshaba le (tsone) dimoko,
Tsothe tseo ke dinnoto, monna-tota hakena bosso,
Ke palamela dithaba tsa godimo ka maoto,
Ke galaletsa Rara (wa) magodimo ke obile maoto,
Ke aramela tsatsi le legolo, ke mogolo;
Ke seanamarena sa bagolo, ntwakgolo,
Mahoko a bagolo, ke dimpho tse di kgolo,
Gola ngwanaka o te o bone tse di kgolo,
Gola ngwanaka ke puo tsa bagolo,
Bagolo ba bogologolo tala,
Ba buile ba maloba ba re thako ya phala,
Ke letshwao la dikgomo tsa lesaka ke dikala;
Tsa mokgalo di a hala, ka mathare a matala,
Ke mmala wa sebilo mo-Afrika monnatia,
Ke tshwana le mmino wa makaba a bagaka;
Ke raletse sekaka sa Kgalagadi ke mogaka,
Ba lekile ga retela ka bogadi ba mabela,
Ke dikile ke relela ke dipadi ka mabela,
Ke molemi wa mahoko ka botaki nka tsenwa,
Ke molebi wa majako ka bopaki nka henya,
Ke mohenyi wa makwalo ka dibaki nka senya,
Ke motsei wa dipalo ke sena bo-mmati jaaka Mmammati;
A ko o mpelegele ngwana yo ke a lema, ke lema kele nosi,
Mothoka-ina wa ka jeko ke loma le dinotshi,
Ke rotoga Matsaudi ha gare ga dikhuti,
Ke pula ya maloba ke pula ya medupi,
Dibuka tsa maloba ke di bula ka seditsi,
Diphuka ke mebala ke lebelo jaaka pitse,
Ke dipitse ka mebala, ke di bone (ko) Bonwapitse,
Ke phomphokwe wa MoYeyi, kgantshwane sa boditse,
Ke tsoma ka segai, ka letoa le pampiri;
Ke kwala ka pelo le ditoro, mothaba-phiri,
Ke tau ya dikgwa batana se mariri,
Ke rora kgakajana le nkutwe ko mahuri,
Ke pora jaaka nnana kokolehutwe, ke kantini,
Ke bua ka majato ha ke bua tswana same,
Nkate kgarejwana ka lerato ata same...
Book: The Voice of a Shadow, 2017
a Setswana native praise poem. 

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Creativity, Culture and Tourism - the Journey

Having been advocating and practically being a Creativepreneur, since 2010 trying to have an ear of relevant authorities that 'Creativity, Culture and Tourism' were and or are alternative travel packages to diversify the nature-based tourism product. I have written articles and business proposals that have been somehow ambiguous to the naked eye yet ambitious to the blind man, applied for whatever grants and or loans there be but rejected and regarded a deviant Youth that only takes pride in Arts, Culture and Tourism. Even coined 'Creative Cultural Tourism' as a social business concept. Even coined 'Creativepreneurship' as a socio-cultural and creative travel and tourism industry(ies) and registered a multi-operational company in September 2012 after which I quit my 9 to 5 job in the civil society in December 2013, and opened an Art & Craft market for African art, craft and cultural artworks/products in Kasane. And a Cultural Safari travel agency; Chizo Travel & Tours which forms the backbone of our operations, and a live acoustics Folk-Jazz & Poetry band - Mambo & the Nature Voices, and authored my first self-Published poetry anthology "SOUL SEEDS" on February 27, 2014 through Xlibris Publishing UK. Also co-founded Chobe Alliance for Arts Organization (CAAO) in October 2015 for collective voice of the creative arts and culture, serving as its current Coordinator since May 1, 2016. Invited by Voelkerkunde Museum (Hamburg Germany) in November 2015 to attend 'Market of Nations' event. And a supporting act to Poetavango's Maun International Arts Festival in 2014 and 2015, and Sexaxa Community Development Trust through the upcoming SEXAXA CULTURAL EXPERIENCE. What a journey...One day the tourism shall smile for what I have sweat for in ages. Looking forward to attending the 'Tourism Cluster Development Training workshop' at the invitation of Botswana Tourism (BTO) early next week. oneBlood.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Being Human part 35

Being Human part 35
Certainly I am certain that definitely I am human,
For humans are normally 
And naturally
Considered a person
When persons of man betray their souls behind curtains,
But definitely I am human and unfortunately I am human,
I have been human and amicably I am a truant,
A poetic serenade that serenades through echoes of the prudent,
A duet, for commoners become conscious minded like students
Of a sacred lesson, abducted, yet rejected ones in shanty towns resided
Their daily lives with hopeful eyes to the hand of the cruel
When the little they gathered would suddenly disappear
In pockets of the few hands of their master, for truants
Are usually regarded forsaken
Beings in patterns of their own kind like humans,
Certainly I am certain that definitely I am human,
Actually I was seven when servants
Surround their masters to begin their long walk to freedom,
And freedom 
Is attained by will-power when misty days of their struggle
Faded in thunder balls like states of matter. 
Ancestral instincts had frowned
In heavens drowned when servants 
Crowned their persons 
From the battle field as though war had finally settled
And buried under cold winter feet in days of windy dusty
Skies before eyes of a human,
For swallows would soon soar when bird calls of eagles had sadly
Returned with empty hands from the wilderness, 
But definitely I am human and unfortunately I am human,
I was alone in the wilderness of thought to provoke my human
Being, my conscience; for conscious ones promote social values
And customs with a notion of peace and comfort 
In the heart of a human soul. I was eleven
When I lost my strength
To the teeth of a stranger. A paw of a lion
And tiger. The power of life between the after shadow, the statutes
In the law of nature. I died before the day I would die, gratitude
Is my only friend when days conceive their strange essence,
And strangers tend to be human like humans...
And traitors bend the rules for dictators and navigators
Of the new world order, yet they often betray their human 
Other when seasons fall on their shoulder. I was kind but cruel
To be the human I perceived but envied the inner man
Beneath these bones of my skin.
Certainly I am certain that definitely I am human,
And I believe (that) the price of peace is just as dreams of a poor person,
An orphan, deserted in desert winds like birds
Flying away with broken wings. It is unfortunate
To forget the unknown, the sad realities when joy surrounds
The heart of a loner, for life is just as clouded as human,
An extraordinary human that which no scale would measure
But seeking knowledge.
Definitely I am certain that unfortunately I am human.

Onalethuso Petruss Buyile Ntema
The Voice of a Shadow: Life, Reality and Mental Inspiration poetry

Being Human is a series of poems but characters of a human in its complex nature. The poetic word play implies a broad thinking reader; the reader that speak as they read through each line but inside their heart where greatness of the mind takes precedence. It holds no measure to be human. And tragedies test our nature; human nature, as so would good. We are just human. And being human is what you become as a human being. 
Ntema (Black) Mambo (Heritage)! Mutsharaa!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Voice of a Shadow (I am the)

...I am the voice of a shadow,
The word that echoes in silent whispers of the dark night,
The circumstance. I’m the drifter, the voice beyond shadows
Of an innocent face. I’m the shadow,
For images of little beings in villages have become characters
In my dream like a vulnerable king of a defeated tribe
When tribal wars ravaged their soils a while ago,
 For time tells in its own word when rainbow shadows
Seduce our mental kind before sunrise.
But we rise to fall when fallen.
For every human has a shadow, a voice.
And I am that shadow;
The voice of a shadow that speaks its mind
When eyes
Of nature honoured Mother Nature's kindness with open arms.
I’m the voice to a shadow, the song, the poem,
The word beneath soils of the Kalahari.
For I am human;
And being human is just as human as a new day,
When shadows fall for the day unknown,
I ‘m the shadow…..

©Onalethuso Petruss Buyile Ntema
The Voice of a Shadow: Life, Reality and Mental inspiration poetry anthology, 2017

Poem Title: The Voice of a Shadow ( I am)
Video promo Directed & edited by Masule Kachana – DeBoo Photography & Video productions.
Video published by John E O’Hara – Poetry E Train Africa (USA)
Supported by Ilanga Tours Kasane, Botswana.
Credit to Chobe Alliance for Arts Organization (CAAO), Kasane
Label: Mambo & the Nature Voices folk-jazz & poetry live band
Commissioned by OPN Group of Companies (PTY) LTD
Sponsored by Chizo Travel & Tours, African Arts & Crafts

Video promo links:  Poetry Train MamboNtema poem 2016 YouTube
Audio link: The Voice of a Shadow poem audio 

SOUL SEEDS Poetry anthology (2014) links: Amazon 

SOUL SEEDS Poetry anthology 
As titled, "Soul Seeds" (2014) explores elemental functions of thought, reasoning and reality. It analyzes life and how each of the seeds sustains or defeats the soul and the need for personal discipline and appreciation. The imagery gathers in one basket the different emotions that paint a closest matter of attention to the mind state and collectedness. It is a reflection of situations. Scattered thoughts are thrown into an imagery of life through a natural psycho-philosophical analysis. The book seeks to promote nature, culture, love, kindness, forgiveness and spiritual freedom. The tone of each word is natural and expressive, to give a creative setting of inference and engage the mind that matters or bothers to. The book testifies that written art is created from any life circumstance.