2020 has been a year like no other and changed a lot of what was deemed normal. It found us finalizing preparations to attend the 2020 RoyalCon and the International Convention scheduled in Paris, we were familiarising ourselves with some basic French ‘Bonjour’, ‘Merci beaucoup’…plans had to be quickly adjusted, and drastically so!
District 74 for the first time will be hosting an online conference, something no one could have imagined when the first conference was hosted in 2004. The conference is scheduled for the 06th-09th of May 2021.
When the team brainstormed names for the conference, we threw in a lot of suggestions with catchy phrases but none of the names espoused what we intend to capture with the convention – which is to gather people around amidst these uncertain times, bring hope and a forward-looking message on the Africa that we desire. After days of toying around for names we finally settled for ‘Lekgotla La District74’ because this is to us what the conference represents – a gathering like no other
What is a ‘Lekgotla’ many may wonder…traditionally in the cultural setups whenever a gathering, usually of elders was convened it would be under a shade of a tree or a kraal like u – shaped wooden structure, such gatherings were called by the family or village elders with an overarching objective – to discuss pertinent issues, to resolve conflicts or just to play catchup with one another.
Lekgotla in any village would be in an open, spacious area to allow everyone a decent sitting place and for this there was a sitting order. Elders would be seated first and in chairs while other members sat on mats, standing would be the last option. Participation was unlimited and such gatherings always took longer than the allotted time with an overarching theme on humanity – I am, You are, We are!
Things may be uncertain but we are certain that ‘Lekgotla La District 74’ conference promises to be a conference like no other. Follow all District 74 Social Media pages: Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn and Twitter for more details on how you can secure your ticket to the conference.
I am, You Are, We Are
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