Botswana was democratic even before independence

Botswana is often cited as a shining example of democracy not just for Africa but by any standards. What many may not know is that the reason for that is because democracy is a system that is deeply entrenched in our culture and dates far back in time. The basis of Botswana’s democratic ideals is the Kgotla system that to this day is held in very high regard in Botswana.

Here we are sharing a speech by Botswana’s former Ambassador to the US, Honourable Tebelelo Seretse on Cultural Diplomacy: A Case for Botswana

“Emerging Africa: The Case of Botswana’s Democracy” A Lecture by H.E. Amb. Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana to the United States The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA 2012 “A Global Dialogue about Cultural Diplomacy, National Security and Global Risks” National Public Radio Headquarters (Washington D.C, June 26th, 2012) The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies – Publications Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

While the video was taken in 2012, Ms Seretse’s hard-hitting and eloquent speech remains relevant even today.

For the full speech:

Source:, Botswana Government Facebook page

3 years ago

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