The Republic of Botswana is turning 50 years and it is a huge deal that we as a nation celebrate this milestone. I shared on my previous post that I dedicated this month, SEPTEMBER to my beloved country Botswana and celebrating in Botswana colours.
This post is a continuation (Part 2) of where I stopped from my previous post —> 11 Quick Facts about Botswana <—
In the past 9 days, I have shared 9 pictures on my social media platform and today is the 20th and thank God I’ve been consistent about it.
Here are the 9 quick facts about Botswana (From 12 to 20) 1 – 11 is on my previous post HERE
Botswana joins Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia to have a quadripoint, the only place in the world where four corners of the four nations meet.
Botswana is the world’s second-biggest diamond producer, behind Russia. Jwaneng mine is the world’s richest diamond mine and Orapa mine being the biggest diamond mine by Area. The 2nd largest diamond was discovered in Botswana on the 16th of November 2015 and it was name Lesedi La Rona – which means Our Light.
According to Global Peace Index’s 2016 report, Botswana is the 2nd Peaceful country in Africa behind Mauritius, and its ranked 38th around the world ahead of countries such as Malaysia, USA and the UK.
According to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, released in Jan 2016, Botswana remains the least corrupt country in Africa with a score of 63/100 followed by Cape Verde and Seychelles. It is tied with Portugal at number 28 worldwide.
Botswana is the home of The Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS), with one of the highest concentrations of rock art in the world, Tsodilo has been called the ”Louvre of the Desert” with over 4,500 paintings preserved.
Sir Seretse Goitsebeng Maphiri Khama was born into one of the more powerful royal families in what was then the British Protectorate of Bechuland on the 1st of July 1921. He is the father to the current president of Botswana Seretse Khama Ian Khama.
Festus Gotebanye Mogae, former President of Botswana, won the 2008 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, and will receive US$ 5 million over 10 years and US$ 200,000 annually for life thereafter. The Ibrahim Prize recognises and celebrates African leaders who have developed their countries, lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity.
Botswana is home to Mpule Kwelagobe (Now married to Abhijoy Gandhi), in May 1999 she was crowned Miss Universe in Trinidad and Tobago, She was the first Miss Universe Botswana and the first Miss Botswana to participate in the Miss Universe pageant and she brought the tittle home. She was the third African woman to win an international beauty pageant title.
Sanji mmasenono Monageng is the first Motswana woman to be appointed as a judge in the International Criminal court, appointed in 2009 and her term ends in 2018. She is one of the 4 African judges in the court.
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