“Boikanyo has not only raised the bar for aspirant poets across the country but has undoubtedly claimed the status of the North West Province as the home of talented artists, Premier Thandi Modise said in congratulating the 11 year old for scooping the coveted R250 000 price.
“Botlhale is a jewel that we should nurture for the world stage because the world is her oyster. Her passion, talent, inspirational poetry, self-confidence and with which she performed before millions who watched the talent search show distinguished her as a professional in the making destined for greater heights. She really did us proud. The sky is the limit for her.”
The provincial government will do everything possible to support her to achieve her dreams,” says the overjoyed Premier Modise.
“As we celebrate Botlhale and thank all the viewers who voted for her, we should salute her single mother for teaching her to believe in herself and for encouraging her reach for the sky. In her we have a special mother with a special child,” added Modise.
One of the judges, Shado Twala cried openly in admiration of the young poet’s talent.
Cape Town opera singing PJ Twins came in second with dancing duo Donlynn & Cameron receiving the 3rd most public votes.
“My life and environment is going to change not that I want to but due to this developments. My parents have also taught me to be level-headed instead of big-headed,” pointed the cute Botlhale during interview.
Her name Botlhale simply means genius and her age defies the looks!
She’s the product of the well known Mmabana Arts and Culture in NW.