The young boy from Mochudi Tshephang Kwapa (Luckymore) could not succumb to circumstances which seemed to hinder his dream of becoming an artist.
He stood the test and now his story is filmed in Barclays Bank Botswana Prosper project in partnership with Stepping Stones international (SSI).
During the film launch on Monday, Luckymore could not hold his tears reciting how he had to fight for his dream as an artist as his parents disapproved of his dreams. His father is a panel beater and he wanted his son to follow his career path.
With determination to fulfill his dream, Luckymore decided to leave his parent’s home to stay alone so he could focus on his vision.
“As I was growing up I so wanted to be an artist. I have always liked to participate in
the performance arts industry but my parents wanted me to work as a panel beater like my father and my brother. This caused conflict between my parents and I, so I had to leave home,” said Luckymore.
He stayed alone in his uncle’s house without food. His life changed when he joined Stepping Stones International (SSI) in 2012. He unleashed his talent of opera music and participated in the My African Dream competitions where he received the Judges Choice Award.
This opened doors for his music career. He flew to Cape Town Opera theatre to receive mentorship and voice coaching for a week sponsored by Barclays Bank Botswana.
He studied Sound Engineering at Limkokwing University sponsored by the government. He did not only become an opera musician
but he is also a traditional artist working with other young people.
He is working hard to produce his second traditional music album and hopes he grows to achieve his dreams. “I am currently working with other young people, teaching them how to dance, sing and also supporting them financially and I promise Batswana that I will work harder and deliver the best out of me. God gave me a talent and I am going to use it for its purpose,” said Luckymore.
Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, Thapelo Olopeng commended Barclays Bank for supporting the community and youth empowerment projects. He said government alone cannot achieve development of the youth.
“We need the private sector to come on board. We will try as much as possible to work on our policies and encompass private sector participation in youth empowerment,” said Olopeng.
He encouraged Luckymore to carry on with the spirit of determination, self belief and hard work. “I will keep in touch with you and invite you during youth rallies so you can share your story and encourage other youth,” said Olopoeng,