Botswana: 50th Anniversary National Day

30 September 2016

Celebrating with a lunch time knees- up with the Mzuri Band and their very danceable Botswana beat in the high commission’s reception room was the new High Commissioner of Botswana, H.E Lapologang Caesar Lekoa, and his team for what was the 50th anniversary of independence for this little African country with a big heart and a stable democracy.

We know it best from the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books and the incomaparable sleuth Precious Ramotswe as well as its magnificent Okavango Delta that should be on everybody’s ‘bucket list’.

There was a cake to cut, toasts to be made and gifts for guests. The nicest of those a little book of ‘African Children’s Stories ‘. No 31 in a series this one celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Independence and is published by the Ducere Foundation in Melbourne. Written by Primary school children they show imagination and the power of storytelling to tell of their love of Botswana and the joy of sharing their traditions while creating these stories.

The High Commission has some extraordinary photographic murals reaching two stories that show this spectacular country’s animals and for the 50th anniversary their traditional clothes, handicrafts and basket ware were on display. And with a local contingent of Batswanas dancing up a storm, grabbing we who were born without that exquisite beat in our DNA it was such fun to watch and try.

 I just want to be able to dance like the Batswanas!