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What is Story Bosso?

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Aimed at reawakening a love of stories and reading among all South Africans, Story Bosso is Nal’ibali’s annual multilingual storytelling talent search, where all South Africans – young and old – are invited to tell us their favourite story. This year we are placing a special focus on traditional African folktales which are generally passed down from one generation to another by word of mouth. Oral storytelling helps to preserve South African custom and culture, with which our country is so richly blessed.

To support the campaign, regional storytelling events will take place in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape where celebrated storytellers Gcina Mhlophe, Sindiwe Magona, Hluma Zakaza, Hlobisile Mkhize, Mpumy Ndlovu and Nolubabalo Rani will be enchanting children and adults alongside some of Nal’ibali’s very own storytellers. Nal’ibali literacy mentors will also be hosting community events nationwide, where Story Bosso hopefuls will be given specially created playing cards featuring common folktale characters to inspire their favourite intsomi- inspired story. These story cards will also be available for download on our web and mobi sites for the month.

No contest would be complete without prizes! The overall Story Bosso winner will receive R5000 in cash plus a book and goodie hamper. Eight provincial runner up prize winners will each receive R1000 in cash, plus airtime and a special Story Bosso cap. There will also be spot prizes of airtime, books and caps up for grabs throughout September for those who enter online.

Now all you need to do is click below to tell us your favourite intsomi- inspired story!

Submit your story here!