Botlhale Boikanyo

Poet and Praise Singer - Johannesburg
Botlhale Boikanyo


About Botlhale Boikanyo

Botlhale Boikanyo is an award-winning poet, speaker and presenter. She is a South African household name who is most recognizable for her praise poetry, and electrifying performances.

She is no stranger to success as she competes with South Africa’s best of all ages with an already impressive collection of titles under her belt. Her rocket to fame launched at the age of 11 years when she became the first poet and youngest winner of SA’s Got Talent in 2012.

Through her inspirational passion and determination, Botlhale Boikanyo composes and performs electrifying poems that motivate and touch the souls of her audiences. It is this influential power that gives way to her notable titles.

In 2013 Botlhale Boikanyo was awarded the SATMA Best Praise Singer Award and performed at the televised live ceremony with a powerful performance of ‘Ke Motswana’, a poem that speaks to her respect for her culture.

She was also awarded for excellence by the University of North West in Mahikeng.

In July 2013 Botlhale Boikanyo received the highest honor through an invitation to perform her tribute to Madiba at The Legacy of Hope Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Hospital Campaign Launch in New York. It was at this event that she was also named a ‘Legacy of Hope Youth Ambassador’ and she also officially joined an honored collection of honorary committee members such as – Dr Maya Angelou, Whoopi Goldberg, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Charlize Theron, among several others.

In 2014 she was honored to receive an award from Brand SA in recognition of her contribution to nation building. It was here that she was named a Brand SA Play your Part ambassador.

Botlhale Boikanyo


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In July 2014 she also received an invitation to perform in Los Angeles on Nelson Mandela Day, where she recited Dr Maya Angelou’s tribute to Madiba, entitled ‘His day is done’ in honor of these two world icons.

Another highlight of her career in 2014 was being invited to perform at the presidential inauguration.

In 2015 the 21st Annual South African Music Awards received a pop of youthful energy with Botlhale Boikanyo performing live on stage and then being the youngest nominee and Best Traditional Music album category winner.

In 2016 she received an award from Joanne Ramagoshi Madieng’s: Women, The Real Architects of society awards ceremony.

In 2017 she was named the South African Traditional Music Awards Brand Ambassador. A title that she held for 4 years.

In 2018 she was a first-place title holder in the: Arts and Entertainment section of the SA Youth Awards by the NYDA.

In 2020 Botlhale was listed as one of SA Top 100 Youth under the Arts and Sports section.

As a speaker Botlhale has inspired various young people, as she has been actively involved in many youth organizations and NGO work, and has used her voice and story as a tool to educate and motivate. She has worked with organizations such as Breaking Down Borders Youth Seminar, Khula Foundation and many more. She has also sat in various panel discussions as a contributor to various dialogue discussions around social issues affecting young people in South Africa.

Botlhale Boikanyo has also presented both television shows and live events, such as TOMZ (SABC 1), as well as being a SATMA awards host and many live events such as the Tshwane Purple Christmas.

Botlhale Boikanyo triumphs on international stages from New York to Los Angeles and South African Presidential inaugurations, winning tumultuous standing ovations for her spectacular performances and proving her talent as a significant industry player.

Botlhale Boikanyo Main Achievements

SATMA Award Winner: Best Praise Singer (2013)

SATMA Award Nominee: Best Poet (2013)

SAMA XXI Nominee

Best traditional album (2015)

SAMA XXI winner

Best traditional album (2015)

Youth Ambassador for the Legacy Of Hope Foundation in L.A

South African Traditional Music Awards Brand Ambassador


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