Seretse Khama

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Khama, Seretse


Born 1921, in Serowe. Botswana statesman. Chief of the Bamangwato tribe.

Khama received a bachelor of arts degree at the University of South Africa and continued his education at Oxford (Great Britain). From 1961 to 1965, Khama was a member of the Legislative Council and one of the two African members of the Executive Council of Bechuanaland. He founded the Democratic Party of Botswana (called the Bechuanaland Democratic Party until 1966) and became its chairman in 1962. From 1965 to 1966 he served as prime minister of Bechuanaland. When independence was proclaimed on Sept. 30, 1966, Khama became president of the Republic of Botswana.

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It's a love story -- Seretse Khama coming to England to study, enduring racism, falling in love with a white woman and taking her back to be his queen.
In the same train of thought, Rotberg uses the phrase "resolute democrat" (66) for Seretse Khama of Botswana to show Khama's commitment to bring democracy in his country.
It was good to see, for example, the hard-working and thoughtful Gaositwe Chiepe, childhood friend of Seretse Khama and someone who has `the longest leadership record of any female politician in Africa' (p.
Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama for the active role he played in the regional peace and security agenda.
The keynote address will be given by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Botswana, Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, with addresses to also be given by The Hon.
This is the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams (no relation to the author), who meet at a London Missionary Society dance.
The union of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams, captured in the upcoming Amma Asante film, A United Kingdom, challenged family and personal prejudice, political chicanery, rattled governments and struck at the bastions of apartheid and the British Empire.
In 2014, the government unveiled a spectacular elephant sculpture made from ivory at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in the capital Gaborone.
Le president de la Republique, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a adresse un message de felicitations au lieutenant general Seretse Khama Ian Khama, president de la Republique du Botswana, a l'occasion de la fete nationale de son pays.
The celebration of the second anniversary was attended by four presidents including the "Chief Guest" Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Seretse Khama Ian Khama, of Botswana, Paul Kagame, of Rwanda; and Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, of Somalia.
My ideas came after the opening of the Sir Seretse Khama Highway in Botswana, and the link to Mamuno and Buitepos which, in a sense, opened up Botswana for the first time in its existence.