Spoken word performer and 2012 SA’S Got Talent winner Botlhale Boikanyo (13) will perform her poems at The Legacy of Hope Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital campaign launch in New York tonight.
Her invitation and performance coincides with international Mandela Day, which is celebrated around the world on Mandela’s birthday today.
The young Boikanyo will not only be representing her country at this historic event, she also officially joins an esteemed group of honorary committee members – Dr Maya Angelou, Whoopi Goldberg, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Charlize Theron, among others.
Boikanyo’s message has led to the recording of “Africa My Pride” as a spoken word piece, set to music, produced by Malambule of Native Rhythms Productions.
The Legacy of Hope Foundation is a union of nonprofit organisations who are banding together to realise Nelson Mandela’s dream for the world-class children’s hospital in South Africa.
As the organisation’s youth ambassador, Boikanyo will give a special opening performance for attendees and introduce a global day of action and a crowd-fundraising campaign for actor Edward Norton’s CrowdRise.
Today, the organisation and its committee hosts the only official celebration in New York to celebrate Mandela’s 95th birthday.
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