By: Mpho Shelile


In a vibrant display of cultural pride and community spirit, the Pioneer Mall Office with the help of the Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC) and Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC), recently organized an Indigenous Game Day to commemorate the remarkable milestone of 200 years since the establishment of the Basotho Nation. The event, held within the sprawling confines of Pioneer Mall in the heart of the Basotho capital, brought together people from all walks of life to partake in traditional games, fostering a deeper appreciation for Basotho heritage and history.

The Basotho Nation is well-known for its rich cultural heritage and indomitable spirit. Its history dates back two centuries to the visionary leadership of King Moshoeshoe I, who united various ethnic groups under a common identity. This momentous occasion provides an opportunity for the nation to reflect on its journey, celebrate its achievements, and reaffirm its commitment to preserving its unique traditions for generations to come.

The courtyard of the mall was buzzing with excitement as families, friends, and curious onlookers gathered to witness and participate in the festivities. Traditional music filled the air, setting the stage for a day of camaraderie and cultural exchange.

Pioneer Mall Office Marketing Director Mr. Leloko Thebe, spoke of the 200 years celebration. The event isn’t just about commemorating the milestone, but also about providing mentorship and advice to younger boys. To achieve this, elders from four villages to educate, offer advice, and compete with the young boys in a game called Morabaraba.

According to Thebe, this recent celebration of Morabaraba was not a one-time event. They plan to continue the tournament until December and identify a winner who will then claim prize money just as this Saturday’s winner was awarded M15000.00.

A diverse array of indigenous games was showcased, each imbued with its significance and symbolism within Basotho culture. From the strategic prowess of Morabaraba, a traditional board game beloved by generations, a game of skill and agility, participants embraced the opportunity to connect with their heritage in a playful and meaningful manner.

Children giggled with delight as they listened to some of their age mates sing tradition (Mangae), which is sung by men during their time at a kraal, testing their balance and coordination. Elders shared anecdotes and wisdom, passing down the traditions that have sustained the Basotho people for centuries. The spirit of unity and resilience, embodied by King Moshoeshoe I and revered by his descendants, permeated the festivities, serving as a poignant reminder of the strength derived from cultural identity and solidarity.

A sincere and appreciative message came from a student of Lesia High School, who wanted to express their gratitude towards Pioneer Mall for organizing a truly remarkable event that provided students with an incredible opportunity to connect with fellow learners, forge new friendships, and gain valuable insights from wise elders.

He believes that such events are instrumental in laying the foundation for them as young individuals to grow into better versions of themselves in the years to come.

The Indigenous Game Day served as a platform to showcase the Basotho Nation’s storied past, highlighting the nation’s cultural heritage and promoting its cultural diversity. The event brought together participants from all walks of life, creating a sense of community and fostering harmonious relationships. The festivities were a reminder of the importance of cultural preservation and promotion, and of the role that traditional values and practices play in shaping societal development.

In conclusion, the Indigenous Game Day was a resounding success, and its impact will undoubtedly be felt for years to come. Through cultural celebration and promotion, the Basotho Nation has established a legacy of unity, resilience, and tradition that will inspire future generations.