REPORT ON THE COLLECTION OF KING LETSIE III’s PRAISE POETRY

 

by

Dr. Lehlohonolo Phafoli I Faculty of Humanities I National University of Lesotho

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Introduction

The task was a joint venture of one member of the Department of African Languages and Literature who was the principal researcher and the Sesotho Academy. It aimed at
collecting the praise poetry of His Majesty King Letsie III who is also the Chancellor of the National University of Lesotho. The research sought to unearth the praise poetry talent in the ten districts of Lesotho. The principal researcher worked closely with two members of the Sesotho Academy, a technical expert who was also assistant researcher and one assistant researcher.

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The collection was made in ten districts of Lesotho. After the collection, some praises were transcribed and those hand-written were typed and all of them were subjected to preliminary editing and proper arranngement. The collection will be proposed for publishing in a book form and handed over to His Majesty, the King Letsie III. If the book is published, it is entirely at the discretion of His Majesty to determine the recipients of the royalties. That is, the finished product will be owned by the office of His Majesty, the King, as this work is basically a gift from a member of the Department of African Languages & Literature and the Sesotho Academy.