Happy Independence Day Botswana, 50 Years - 10 Facts About Botswana

Today marks a historical day in Botswana, The Republic of Botswana is finally 50 years, the wait is finally over. I’m very proud of Botswana, we have grown to become one of the most talked about, recognised and celebrated country around the world in most positive aspects.

With this third series of my post it’s the final 10 facts about Botswana.

If you have missed the first 2 posts read about them here to catch up;

21. Seretse Khama married Ruth Williams in September 1948, their marriage was opposed by Seretse's family and Ruth's father. Seretse and Ruth were exiled to England in 1951 and they were later only allowed to return Botswana as commoners and private citizens in 1956.


22. In 2005, Botswana's very own Kaone Kario won Nokia Face of Africa, beating 9 other girls from Africa making her the most sought after Face in Africa that year.


23. Botswana's traditional local dishes use sorghum or maize as their basis, prepared as a porridge (bogobe) or pap. This staple is accompanied by servings of meat such as seswaa (a salted stewed beef)’’


24. Geographically, Botswana is flat and up to 70% of Botswana is covered by the Kalahari Desert.


25. Since independence in 1966, Botswana has been a multiparty democracy with elections held every five years to a unicameral legislature, the National Assembly, which has been dominated by the Botswana Democratic Party.


26. Khama III of the Bangwato, Sebele I of the Bakwena and Bathoen I of the Bangwaketse were the three chiefs that went to England in 1895 to go and plead with the Queen to hold on the Protectorate, which was being threatened by Cecil John Rhode's leadership. 


27. In 1978, the Rhodesian army ambushed Lesoma and killed 15 Soliders. There is a Monument build in Lesoma in remembrance of the brave men who died protecting our country. Lesoma is aprox 15 kms from Kasane.

28. One of the five imaginary latitude lines, The Tropic of Capricorn cuts through Botswana. The line passes through only 5 African counties and 23 other countries around the world. It passes through Botswana from the Kalahari Desert to Khutse Game Reserve to Kule and the South of Mahalapye.


29. In 1930, British rejected demands for self-government, claimed Protectorate was not ready for independence.


30. In June 1966, Britain accepted proposals for democratic self-government in Botswana. The seat of government was moved from Mafikeng in South Africa, to newly established Gaborone in 1965. The 1965 constitution led to the first general elections and to independence on 30 September 1966.


I AM A PROUD MOTSWANA

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