30 September 2016

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.


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20 September 2016

9 Quick Facts About Botswana - Celebrating Botswana Part 2

The Republic of Botswana is turning 50 years and it is a huge deal that we as a nation celebrate this milestone.  I shared on my previous post that I dedicated this month, SEPTEMBER to my beloved country Botswana and celebrating in Botswana colours.
This post is a continuation (Part 2) of where I stopped from my previous post ---> 11 Quick Facts about Botswana <---
In the past 9 days, I have shared 9 pictures on my social media platform and today is the 20th and thank God I've been consistent about it.
Here are the 9 quick facts about Botswana  (From 12 to 20) 1 - 11 is on my previous post HERE 

12. Botswana joins Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia to have a quadripoint, the only place in the world where four corners of the four nations meet. 

13. Botswana is the world’s second-biggest diamond producer, behind Russia. Jwaneng mine is the world’s richest diamond mine and Orapa mine being the biggest diamond mine by Area. The 2nd largest diamond was discovered in Botswana on the 16th of November 2015 and it was name Lesedi La Rona – which means Our Light.

14. According to Global Peace Index's 2016 report, Botswana is the 2nd Peaceful country in Africa behind Mauritius, and its ranked 38th around the world ahead of countries such as Malaysia, USA and the UK.

15. According to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, released in Jan 2016, Botswana remains the least corrupt country in Africa with a score of 63/100 followed by Cape Verde and Seychelles. It is tied with Portugal at number 28 worldwide.

16. Botswana is the home of The Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS), with one of the highest concentrations of rock art in the world, Tsodilo has been called the ''Louvre of the Desert'' with over 4,500 paintings preserved.

17. Sir Seretse Goitsebeng Maphiri Khama was born into one of the more powerful royal families in what was then the British Protectorate of Bechuland on the 1st of July 1921. He is the father to the current president of Botswana Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

18. Festus Gotebanye Mogae, former President of Botswana, won the 2008 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, and will receive US$ 5 million over 10 years and US$ 200,000 annually for life thereafter. The Ibrahim Prize recognises and celebrates African leaders who have developed their countries, lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity.

19. Botswana is home to Mpule Kwelagobe (Now married to Abhijoy Gandhi), in May 1999 she was crowned Miss Universe in Trinidad and Tobago, She was the first Miss Universe Botswana and the first Miss Botswana to participate in the Miss Universe pageant and she brought the tittle home. She was the third African woman to win an international beauty pageant title.

20. Sanji mmasenono Monageng is the first Motswana woman to be appointed as a judge in the International Criminal court, appointed in 2009 and her term ends in 2018. She is one of the 4 African judges in the court.


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12 September 2016

Celebrating Botswana - 11 Quick Facts About Botswana

September is a very important month in the history of Botswana, I call it Botswana Month. On the 30th September 1966 Botswana took its independence from Britain, something worth celebrating indeed.

This year the country will be celebrating 50 years of independence, such a huge milestone, and it has gone all out and when I say all out, I really mean ALL OUT. Hundred millions of pulas have been invested in the celebration and even hashtagging BOT50 (Botswana 50).

On my end, I have taken it upon myself to celebrate my country too, I have vowed to take pictures of myself in colours of Botswana flag (Blue Black & White) and share a few facts about BOTSWANA for the next 30 days.
As at Sunday when I compiled this, I was on day 11, therefore I will share 11 facts about Botswana.
1. Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa bordering Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with a population of approximately 2 million as at 2013.

2. Country: Botswana
Language: Setswana
Nationality: Motswana (singular) Batswana (Plural)
Capital city: Gaborone
NB: English is the official language. There is nothing like Botswananian its Motswana or Batswana
3. Botswana won its first commonwealth Gold medal in 2010 through Amantle Montsho a 400m runner and its first Olympic Medal through Nijel Amos in the 800m, he snatched the Silver.

4. The Botswana flag was officially adopted on September 30, 1966. The colours on the flag correspond to those on the national coat of arms. The BLUE represents water, the white-black-white bands depict the racial harmony of the people as well as the pluralist nature of the society. – World Atlas

5. At the time of independence in 1966, Botswana was a member of the Rand Monetary Area (RMA) and the South African rand served as the national currency. On the 6th of September 1974, Botswana withdrew from the RMA and adopted its own currency, Pula (meaning ‘rain’ or ‘blessings’) as the basic unit made up of 100 thebe (‘shield’) – Bank of Botswana

6. Botswana has one of Africa’s most competitive and advanced banking systems. Generally adhering to global standards in the transparency of financial policies and banking supervision, the financial sector provides ample access to credit for entrepreneurs Africa.com

7. Botswana is home to the Okavango Delta in the northwest of the country - one of the largest inland deltas in the world, spanning 17,000km2 – an area almost the size of Wales. The Okavango Delta became the 1000th inscribed site on the World Heritage List of Unesco on the 22nd of June 2014” - Unesco

8. Botswana is also a home of The Makgadikgadi pans, one of the largest salt pan areas in the world, stretching over an area of 12.000 km2 -the size of Portugal. It forms part of the Kalahari Basin. Botswana Tourism

9. Botswana is a wealthy country by African standards. It contains extensive mineral resources such as the Jwaneng Diamond Mine, the richest in the world, which was found when termites pushed specks of diamond to the surface. – Activity Village

10. Gaborone (Capital City) was built from scratch starting in 1964, when the capital of Bechuanaland was moved from Mafikeng (in present day South Africa) to Gaborone. Most of the city was built within three years. - Wikipedia

11. The world’s second-biggest gem quality diamond ever recovered was mined in Botswana, the gem is called Lesedi La Rona - meaning Our Light. It is the largest diamond in more than a century 


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