NOTABLE AFRICANS: Portrait of King Khama III, South Africa, early twentieth century.
Kgosi Khama III became chief of the Ngwato in 1875.
He visited Britain in 1895 on a self-funded journey with other chiefs, and successfully protested against the possible transfer of the administration of the Bechuanaland Protectorate to the British South Africa Company.
A cropped version of this portrait was printed in a leaflet, “Khama: The Great African Chief,” distributed by the London Missionary Society in 1923. Smart & Copley, Bulawato, also published the image as a postcard.
Sir Seretse Khama Tribal Chief-in waiting was exiled for marrying a British white woman Ruth Williams.
Their marriage lasted until his death in 1980, they gad 4 children together. It was only when he denounced his association to the Tribal throne that he was allowed to return back to Botswana, founded the Democratic party and he was later elected President in 1965, served 4 terms and was well loved and respected by the people. Seretse Khama was the main force behind Botswana gaining it’s independence in1966 and he was also Knighted by the Queen of England that year.
“While in London Seretse Khama met Ruth Williams in 1947, the daughter of George and Dorothy Williams. Ruth, born in Blackheath in south east London on the 9th December 1923, was at the time pursuing a financial career and immediately later became a Clerk in Lloyd’s - the acclaimed global insurance broker.
In 1948, after a year of courtship, Seretse and Ruth got married, unbeknownst to his family and people. Of course, on knowing this there was uproar in his family, but Bamangwato people were happily receptive of the news.
Interracial marriages were banned under the apartheid system and South Africa was not happy with an interracial couple ruling from within close quarters.
When in Botswana the couple was resident in Lobatse, a town only 2km from Pioneer border gate to South Africa. It was in Lobatse where Seretse and Ruth had their first child Jacqueline Tebogo Khama born on 15th May 1950.
Since Botswana was a protectorate under Britain, South Africa exerted pressure on the British government to have Khama removed from his chieftainship. ……….. Thus, Britain acceded to South Africa’s call to dethrone Khama from chieftainship, and declared him an exilee to England from Bechuanaland in 1951.
It should be noted that ever since the marriage took off in 1948, Seretse Khama had hit headlines as a black man who married a white English woman during the time when the social and political climate was not supportive of interracial marriages, especially in the context of apartheid practice in South Africa.
When the couple was barred from visiting Bechuanaland, and Khama dethroned, the world transformed their admiration for the pair into anger at what was perceived as persecution for the innocent Seretse and Ruth by the British Government and the apartheid regime of South Africa.
International press expressed outrage forcing Britain to re-consider its stance on the matter. In addition, various groups protested against the British government holding it up as evidence of British racism.” Read more at http://www.knowbotswana.com/seretse-khama.html
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