Hello everyone, on this post, I am going to share the experiences of people in Botswana in terms of colorism. I am a Kenyan but I resonate with the colorism issues that Botswanan people go through.
Before we go further, here are some beautiful facts about Botswana.
Botswana Contains One of the World’s Largest Salt Pans
Located in the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana, the Makgadikgadi Pan is one of the largest salt pans in the world. The pan is situated in an area that was once covered by the massive Lake Makgadikgadi.
The Name of Botswana’s Currency Means “Rain”
The pula is the currency of Botswana. The word pula literally means “rain” in the local Setswana language. Since much of Botswana is desert, rainfall is a rare event in the country, and is therefore highly valuable and considered to be a blessing.
Botswana Is One of the World’s Biggest Diamond Producers
Botswana is the world’s second largest producer of diamonds. In fact, the country produced 40 million carats of diamonds in 2016.
Botswana Is the Best Place to See Meerkats in the Wild
Meerkats are small carnivorans from the mongoose family. The species is endemic to Southern Africa, and is common throughout the Kalahari Desert. Botswana offers the best opportunity to observe these unique and interesting animals. Many wildlife tours offer meerkat safaris in Botswana.
Botswana Is Africa’s Oldest Continuous Democracy
Botswana was formerly a British protectorate named Bechuanaland. After gaining its independence on September 30, 1966, the independent state was renamed Botswana. Since that time, Botswana has maintained an uninterrupted tradition of democratic elections, making it Africa’s oldest surviving democracy.
Here is a video explaining colorism in Botswana. I hope you enjoy and learn something new. Happy week everyone. Keep safe and sanitize.