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Monday, January 18, 2021
The Bakgatla branch of Batswana are generally divided into five subgroups. Among these the principle dikgosi and greater numbers of the Bakgatla-ba-Mmakau, Bakgatla-ba-Mo...
Monday, January 11, 2021
As we begin a new year still in the shadow of the SARS-CoV-2 or “Covid-19” virus we can hope and pray that emerging vaccines will ultimately deliver better ti...
Monday, December 21, 2020
This week we take a break from our “Blackman’s War” series to share an English translation of Ratshosa aMostswetla account, published in the February 18...
Monday, December 14, 2020
We left off on October 24, 1899, with the British officials and police under Deputy Commissioner William Surmon abandoning Gaborone Camp and Station in the face of the ad...
Monday, December 07, 2020
We left off on October 18, 1899 with the British Lieutenant Colonel Hubert Plumer having arrived from Fort Tuli with reinforcements to join Kgosi Khama’s already vi...
Monday, November 30, 2020
Last week we observed that by October of 1899 the Dikgosi of the Bechuanaland Protectorate had been directly instructed by the then British High Commissioner Sir (later L...
Monday, November 23, 2020
Last week we observed that as the ecology of the Bechuanaland Protectorate slowly recovered from the 1890s devastation of rinderpest, drought and locust infestation, as w...
Monday, November 16, 2020
We left off in 1897-98 when, in the aftermath of the rinderpest epidemic that had destroyed over 90% of the Bechuanaland Protectorate’s livestock, along with much o...
Monday, November 09, 2020
We left off with the March 1896 arrival of rinderpest or bolwane having begun to devastate Botswana’s cattle population.
Monday, November 02, 2020
We left off last week by observing that by the time of Kgosi Sechele’s death in 1892 there were already environmental indicators of a coming crisis with drought and...
Monday, October 26, 2020
COVID-19 is certainly not the first virus to shake Botswana society. In addition to HIV/AIDS, our country has been rocked by other invasive pathogens, both viral and bact...
Monday, October 19, 2020
“I, the great general of the German soldiers, send this letter to the Hereros.
Monday, October 12, 2020
From 1923, Frederick Maharero (1875-1950) established himself in Mahalapye as the exiled Ovaherero paramount whose influence over the next quarter century extended into N...
Monday, October 05, 2020
Spread by the then modern transport infrastructure of railways and steam ships, the 1889 ‘Russian’ or ‘Asiatic Flu’ is regarded as the first world...
Monday, September 28, 2020
We left off c.1827-28 with the Banyayi Mambo Chilisamhulu’s son Ntinima failing in his efforts to convince either his father or the Basenete She Tombale to offer a ...
Monday, September 21, 2020
We last left off c.1827 with Banyayi forces having mobilised against the Bangwato Kgosi Kgari’s invaders.
Monday, September 14, 2020
We last left off in 1826 with Banyayi Kingdom enjoying a sustained period of peace and prosperity when Mwali oracles warned the Mambo (King) Chilisamhulu Nichasike of the...
Monday, September 07, 2020
At the beginning of the 19th century, the Banyayi Kingdom under the rule of the Nichasike dynasty remained the largest and probably wealthiest indigenous state in souther...
Monday, August 31, 2020
Previously we have observed that many of Bakalanga communities in Botswana identify themselves as belonging to either the Balilima or Banyayi sub-groups.
Monday, August 24, 2020
Another local Bakalanga community are the Banambiya.
Monday, August 17, 2020
We left off in the late 17th century with the Banyayi ruler Chilisamhulu Nichasike Dombolakonachingwango, otherwise known to the Portuguese as Changamire Dombo, having at...
Monday, August 10, 2020
We left off c. 1685 with the Banyayi ruler Chilisamhulu having usurped the throne of the last Mambo of the Chibundule dynasty; thus establishing himself as the new suprem...
Monday, August 03, 2020
Chilisamhulu, later known as Nichasike, had long coveted Chibundule’s throne, but he was initially unable to overcome the power of the Mambo’s magic.
Monday, July 27, 2020
We left off observing that excavations at Khami and other Chibundule era sites further confirm that from 16th century the Bakalanga and their neighbours continued to be c...
Monday, July 13, 2020
We left off observing that some early Ikalanga traditions trace the formation of the first Bakalanga kingdom to the south west migration of people from the Mutapa state d...

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