- Category: PA 2007
Keamogetsi Joseph Molapong has been writing poetry since 1990, and was instrumental in establishing the Windhoek-based poetry groups Ama Poets and Kitso Poets . As part of the popular Ama Poets, Molapong recorded poetry with the BBC, and, in 1992, staged the successful poetry production “Journey of the emancipated”.
His involvement with Kitso Poets saw the publication of We Opened the Door and Saw Ourselves (New Namibia Books, 1998). Kitso Poets also staged
poetry competitions and workshops, and recorded for both the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation television and radio branches, as well as with Katutura Community Radio (KCR) and Radio Netherlands.
In 2002, Molapong produced the poetry production “The Black people I know”, and in the same year, was invited to share his poetry with students from the University of Ulster , Northern Ireland . During his month-long stay a major poetry performance with drama students took shape, coming to fruition with Come Talk Your Heart (New Namibia Books, 2005).
Molapong, among many other creative activities in the fields of drama and poetry, has contributed to the following publications: Action! An Introductory Drama Manual , African Origin and Civilisation; Poetically Speaking ; Bricks Magazine. He has more recently contributed to the poetry collection In Search Of Questions(BAB, 2005). The themes of his poetry focus mainly on a social critique of the many harsh inequities of post-independence Namibian society.
Apart from poetry, Molapong is an accomplished lecturer on poetry and theatre and is additionally an acclaimed actor, director and script writer as well as a Theatre for Development Practitioner. He uses poetry and theatre for development work and as an intervention tool.