Khama III


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Khama III

(kä`mä), d. 1923?, chief of the Ngwato people of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) from 1875 until his death; grandfather of Sir Seretse KhamaKhama, Sir Seretse
, 1921–80, Botswanan political leader, president of Botswana (1966–80); grandson of Khama III. After studying in England he returned to Bechuanaland (now Botswana) but was banished (1950) in a dispute with the British government over his succession
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. To counter threats from neighboring Africans and from the Boers (Afrikaners) of S Africa, he and other chiefs arranged (1885) for Great Britain to make Bechuanaland a protectorate. Despite the opposition of many British imperialists wishing to undermine the chief's authority, this status was confirmed when Khama III made a journey to England in 1895. Khama III's firm leadership eliminated much of the internal dissension that had divided his people.
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His impressive pedigree included his grandfather Kgosi (chief) Khama III, who led a delegation to London in 1885 to seek, successfully, Crown protection against the incursions both of imperial expansionists and of the Boers.
In his treatment of the Congo, there is no attention paid to histories or studies of any people of the Congo; in highland Madagascar, no sources cited on the Merina kingship; in Botswana, information on Khama III of GammaNgwato is not footnoted.
But it is also a delight to discover Eulalia Cook Gonzalez, Methodist missionary and literacy specialist in China; Khama III, the Christian ruler of Botswana who worked with missionaries of the London Missionary Society; the Greek monk Nikon the Metanoeite; the Ethiopian prophet Zakaryas; and the indigenous Nagaland missionary Longri Ao.
2 Much of Head's correspondence, which includes approximately 2,000 letters, has been catalogued by the Khama III Museum in Serowe, Botswana.