The Statue of Sir Seretse Khama

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For some time now, it has bothered me that I was unable to discover anything about the presumably redoubtable person who made the important statue of Seretse Khama in the National Assembly gardens.

Even the name of this individual eluded both Alec Campbell and Mike Main in their Guide to Greater Gaborone and Patricia Farrow in her Gaborone, The Complete City Guide. But Botswana tourism was more informative stating that, ‘the statue was sculpted by British artist Norman Pearce, and cast in Britain, then flown to Botswana for its unveiling. 

Fine. But who was Norman Pearce? Efforts to find out anything about the man drew a blank. He proved to be strangely invisible which, in itself, was very odd. So, frustrated, I sought the help of my research sleuth resident in London, the old Kalahari hand, Johnny Gumb, who finally cracked the puzzle.

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