Mokokobale Makgopa, the actress known for playing the role of Sewela in popular soapie #Scandal, hopes to use her character to dismantle the stereotypes around her mother tongue, Khelobedu.
Mokokobale Makgopa, better known as Sewela in Scandal!, wants to use her character to address and break the stereotypes that cling to her mother tongue, Khelobedu.
Khelobedu is a language spoken by the Balobedu tribe in Limpopo and is a 'non-Pedi' dialect of Northern Sotho.
It's not a language often heard on our screens so the soap's fans are happy to get treated to it when Sewela is on their screens.
TimesLIVE reports that Mokokobale was shy to speak Khelobedu when she was growing up because she was afraid of being seen as different.
But now, her love of the language has seen her grab the attention of SA.
The actress grew up in Lenyeenyee, Limpopo, and says she's trying to take on the stereotypes:
"Using the language was deliberate to dismantle the stereotypes around the language.
"I wish there were more opportunities for us. I wish there was more documenting and preservation of the language. I want to elevate the language. We should speak our language in a place we love - on stage or screen - and not be ashamed."
Briefly.co.za gathers that Mokokobale is one of several Khelobedu speakers who are challenging the stigmas.
Popular singer King Monada performs in the language but admits it's not always easy because most people don't understand it.
"It can be difficult because some people don’t understand and will ask what you are singing.
"You don’t know if it will be as well-received as you hope. On the other hand, even if it goes well, people will judge you and ask why you don’t just sing in a proper language like English."
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