Tribute to Gobe Matenge

Gobe Matenge
Gobe Matenge

I received the news of Gobe "GW" Matenge's passing from her daughter, Tsompie, on April 26, 2018 with great sadness and sorrow. Tsompie's message was brief: " Hi Boss, papa is resting". Her message left me cold and disoriented. I felt a deep sense of personal loss.

Over the years, since GW commissioned me to write his biography:  “Unearthing the Hidden Treasure: The Untold Story of Gobe Matenge” my relationship with him and his family deepened. We became one family – his children my sisters and brothers. I wrote the book in close collaboration with Tsompie – the special emissary of GW on the project. This is how I earned my tittle: “Boss”.

I deeply regret that due to my being trapped in the bowels of the Pacific I could not make it to Botswana to pay my last respects to my mentor, friend and father. However, with modern technology I followed the proceedings every step of the way and I was deeply touched by the outpouring of grief and love from hundreds of our people, young and old; people of diverse religious denominations and political affiliations. A fitting tribute to a man who respected every person without any distinction whatsoever.

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