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Title:The Role of Royal Women in BaNgwato Politics under the Regency of Tshekedi Khama, 1926-1949
Author:Mooko, Theophilus
Year:1999
Periodical:Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0256-2316)
Volume:13
Issue:1-2
Pages:46-60
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:Ngwato polity
women
politics
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
colonialism
History and Exploration
Historical/Biographical
Cultural Roles
Politics and Government
Sex Roles
History, Archaeology
political participation
Ngwato (African people)
Khama, Tshekedi, 1905-1959
history
Abstract:In precolonial times, women in Botswana had a very limited public role in politics. During the colonial period, there was a marked change in women's political status and role: female regents became less uncommon. In the Ngwato Kingdom GammaNgwato, the death of Sekgoma II was followed by a power struggle in which royal women were included, viz. Baboni, Oratile and MmaKhama. They were the leading opponents of Tshekedi, who became regent in 1926. These women played a very significant, although informal, role in Ngwato politics during Tshekedi's regency, which lasted until 1949. Notes, ref., sum.
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