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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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History has it that Babirwa's connection to Bangwato dates back to the era of Kgosi Khama III during which Babirwa faced attacks by the Ndebele hence sought Khama's protection to help them secure their lives and land.
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.
The Khama III Memorial Museum has a recollection of all the memorable events that unfolded in the village.
The secretary said that UB officials had agreed to hold a book review based on Sir Seretse Khama Biography scheduled for Khama III Memorial Museum on June 21 at 2pm.
Kgosi Serogola told the gathering of young people that Bangwato leaders, spanning from Kgosi Khama III to the current disliked alcohol.
He also said some of the chiefs who were against the Catholic Church sent their children to St Joseph's College, Tshekedi Khama III sent his niece Naledi Khama and son Leapetswe, Kgosi Bathoen I sent his son the late Seepapitso IV and Kgosi Molefi sent his daughter and son the late Kgosi Linchwe II.
Legend has it that Kgosi Khama III of Bangwato, the renowned Khama The Great, following the failure of his cattle business, built a house to serve as a trade post and a residence for his white partners, one Smith and the other Gareth.
The house, later known as the 'red house' because of its red roofing, has been transformed into a Khama III Memorial Museum that harbours the history of the Khama dynasty and Serowe village, papers of famous author Bessie Head and the first inhabitants of Southern Africa known as Khoisan or Basarwa locally.
Despite its credentials, Khama III Memorial Museum is not easily identifiable neither by signage nor by its nondescript look.
Etched between Thataganyane Hill to the north and Serowe Hill to the south, the museum stands side by side with the old London Missionary Society church building to which Kgosi Khama III was a member.