Basotho people must have a stake in the production and distribution of their culture – Lineo Segoete

Country: Lesotho

Why We Love Her: Lineo is a skilled photographer, poet, activist and writer. Her life mission is to make inspiring contributions to the fields of education and art. Her passion for writing, arts and culture led her to revive Lesotho’s first literary festival,  The Ba re e ne re Literature Festival .  Ba re e ne re loosely translates to “They say it was said…” or “Once upon a time” in English. Previous iterations of the successful festival (which has been running for two years since it’s relaunch) have attracted guests like The Pan African Space Station, Niq Mhlongo, Bongani Kona, Yewande Omotoso, Moses Kilolo.


Lineo is the director of the festival and its attached literary arts organisation of the same name. Ba re e ne re has ignited many important projects including the Ba Re dictionary project, that catalogues and introduces new Sesotho words, writing competitions and spelling bees.

Lesotho has her own stories to tell and it is time we extended the hospitality we have for our visitors to being generous guests ourselves. We must strip ourselves of our silence. – Lineo Segoete


Her most recent coup is becoming a Hubert Humphrey Fellow. Lineo will be taking up academic study and practical guidance in Arts Education & Literacy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was selected for the fellowship because of her leadership and dedication.

We thank her for her contribution to African literary culture and wish her the best with her fellowship. 




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