The winners of the 1st Annual Indigenous Language Champ Awards [ ILCA] hosted by the Ntombhi ya Mutsonga Foundation were announced this past weekend.
The event, in partnership with Old Mutual, took place at the Malamulele Community Hall in the Collins Chabane Municipality in Limpopo.
It is aimed at honouring Indigenous Languages, promoting literature, and recognising linguistic divergence. The 1st Annual ILCA Awards hosted by the Ntombhi ya Mutsonga Foundation witnessed an overwhelming attendance of over 400 individuals.
The ceremony also paid tribute to outstanding teachers and learners in Indigenous Home Languages.
WINNERS OF THE 1ST ANNUAL INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE CHAMP AWARDS
Makondo Kurisani and Maswengani Gavaza: Best Indigenous Spelling B winners
Baloyi Kuhluka and Hlungwani Tshamisekani: Best Indigenous Poet winners
Chauke Michele and Nyoni Nyowela: Best Indigenous Reader
The deserving winners and participants represented several schools. This includes Shikundu High School, EPP Mhinga High School, Xihlovo Primary School, Ximixoni Primary School, Magangeni Primary School, and Khatisa High School.
The ILCA Awards also presented a special trophy to the legendary 90-year-old Xitsonga musician, Mr. HW Makhubela. This is in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the industry.
“What made it more emotional and special is that this was the first time in his whole music life he got honoured for his immense contribution to the Xitsonga traditional music,” said Ntombi Ya Mutsonga Foundation founder, Masingita Shibambu.
NTOMBI YA MUTSONGA FOUNDATION LENDS A HELPING HAND
The foundation also donated school shoes, socks, and books to 150 learners from four selected schools in Collins Chabane municipality.
“We are very passionate about education. We understand that each learner can excel best when they have all needs covered. School shoes are a need and we strive to provide for the underprivileged. On this journey, the foundation has partnered with Kasi Angels Foundation and Old Mutual,” she said.
“We would also like to express our heartfelt appreciation to King Hosi Mhinga for gracing us with his presence and blessings,” the foundation said.