bamaNGWATO (Tribe)

 
TITLE: Kgosikgolo RELIGION: Christian
STATE: Botswana DYNASTY: Masilo
   
Lt.-Gen. Kgosi Seretse Khama Ian Khama (1953-)PRESENT RULER: Lt.-Gen. Kgosikgolo SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato since the 5th May 1979.
born in February 1953, Vice President of Botswana.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Rulers were...
  • Kgosikgolo NGWATO, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato, he lived around 1610
  • Kgosikgolo MOLWA, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato
  • Kgosikgolo TAMASIGA, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato
  • Kgosikgolo SEROGOLA, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato
  • Kgosikgolo MADIRANA, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato
  • Kgosikgolo KESITILWE, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato
  • Kgosikgolo MAKGASANE, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato, married and had issue.( #1 )
    • Kgosikgolo Mokgadi, died ca1780.
    • Kgosi Molete, had issue.
      • Kgosikgolo Mathiba (qv)
  • Kgosikgolo MOKGADI, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato -/1780
  • Kgosikgolo MATHIBA, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato 1780/1795, born 1755/1760, married (amongst others), (a), Topyane, Senior Wife, married (b), a Mokwena lady, and had issue. He died 1795.
    • Kgosikgolo Khama I (by Topyane) (qv)
    • Kgosikgolo Tawana (by Mokwena wife), first Kgosi of the baTawana.
  • Kgosikgolo KHAMA I, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato 1795/1817, born about 1775, married and had issue. He died 1817.
    • Kgosikgolo Kgari (qv)
    • Kgosi Molosiwa
    • Kgosi Sedimo (qv)
  • Kgosi KGARI, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato 1817/1828, born about 1795, married 1stly, Mmapolao, died sp, married 2ndly, Bobjwale, died after 1842, (she married 2ndly, about 1828/1829, Kgosi Sedimo), married 3rdly, Dibeelane, and had issue. He died 1828.
    • Kgosikgolo Sekgoma I (by Dibeelane) (qv)
    • Kgosikgolo Khama II (by Bobjwale) (qv)
    • Mokgokong Kgari [MmaSebele] (by Bobjwale), married (div.1848), Kgosikgolo Sechele I of the baKwena, and had issue. She died 1880.
  • Kgosi SEDIMO, Acting Chief of the bamaNgwato 1828/1833, married Bobjwale (see above), and had issue. He died 1833.
    • Kgosi Macheng (qv)
  • Kgosikgolo KHAMA II, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato 1833/1835, died sp in 1835.
  • Kgosikgolo SEKGOMA I, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato 1835/1857 and 1859/1866 and 1873/1875, born 1815, married (amongst others), Keamogetse, and had issue, sixteen sons and at least two daughters by nine wives. He died 1883.
    • Kgosi Khama III (by Keamogetse) (qv)
    • Kgosi Kgamane (by Keamogetse), fl.1890, married and had issue.
      • Kgosi Gorewang Kgamane (see below)
      • Tsametse, married and had issue.
        • Keaboka
        • Apele
      • Kaelo, married and had issue.
        • Sethuhile
        • Barobi
      • Lediretse, married and had issue.
        • Tau
      • Leutlwetse
    • Kgosi Seretse, married and had issue.
      • Gagoitsege, married and had issue.
        • Relesang Gagoitsege Seretse
        • Kgosi Serogola Gagoitsege Seretse, Acting Regent, September to October 1933.
        • (name unknown) Seretse, said to have had a child by Tshekedi Khama.
      • Edirilwe, married and had issue.
        • Nnaeang
      • Gasebalwe
    • Kgosi Kebailele, married and had issue.
      • Gaopotlake, married and had issue.
        • Dikgakgamatso
      • Oitheile
      • Tebogo, married Kgosi Sekgoma II (see below).
    • Kgosi Mphoeng, fl.1894, married and had issue.
      • Kgosi Phethu Mphoeng, born 1880, Governor of Mmadinare District; married 1911, daughter of Kgosikgolo Khama III (see below). He died 1951.
      • Oteng Mphoeng
    • Kgosi Mokhutshwane, married and had issue.
      • Petlo Sekgoma, married and had issue.
        • Tsetsele Fantan-Sekgoma
        • (name unknown) Sekgoma, married David Magang.
      • Molwa
    • Kgosi Lekgoba
    • Kgosi Ikitseng, married and had issue.
      • Masetsana
      • Manyaphiri
    • Kgosi Seeletso, married and had issue.
      • Sepako
      • Ragalase
      • Gaseate
      • Sekonenyana
      • Letsholathebe
    • Kgosi Moloi, Royal Headman, married and had issue. He died before 1935.
      • Ngwato Moloi
      • Keiponye Moloi
      • Radiphofu Moloi
      • Bagakgametse Moloi, married 3rd February 1936 in Serowe (div.1937), Tshekedi Khama (see below), and is said to have had a son by her cousin, Kgosi Leetile Raditladi (see below).
    • Kgosi Nkate
    • Kgosi Raditladi, married and had issue.
      • Disang Raditladi, fl.1937, married and had issue.
        • Oonetse Raditladi
        • Mosele Raditladi
        • Kgosi Leetile Raditladi, born 1910, died 1971.
          • Son, born 22nd December 1936, allegedly born to his cousin, Bagakgametse Moloi (see Note).
      • Lebang
      • Kelethokile, married and had issue.
        • Masego
        • Mmalepho
    • Kgosi Ramorotong, married and had issue.
      • Nakatiso
      • Mabyebosigo
      • Monana
    • Kgosi Seropola, married and had issue.
      • Potsoeng, married and had issue.
        • Rakoosha
    • Kgosi Badirwang, married and had issue.
      • Kato
      • Kabo
      • Gape
    • Kgosi Baudube
  • Kgosikgolo MACHENG, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato 1857/1859 and 1866/1872, born 1830, married Kwenayagae (married Kgosi Sechele I of the baKwena) and had issue. He died 1873.
    • Kgosi Kgari Macheng, fl.1898.
  • Kgosi KHAMA III
                    (1837-1923)Kgosikgolo KHAMA III, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato 1872/1873 and 1875/1923, born about 1837 in Mashu, Bechuanaland,  converted to Christianity in 1860, married 1stly, about 1866, Mogatsamotswasele [Elizabeth MmaBessie], died 16th December 1889 in Serowe, buried at Phalatswe, married 2ndly, 1890, Gasekete Gaseitsiwe of the baNgwaketse, daughter of Paramount Chief Gaseitsiwe, she died 1891/4, married 3rdly, 1895 (div. 1899), Sefakwana, married 4thly, 1900, Semane MmaKgosi, born about 1878, died 11th September 1937 in Mafikeng, buried 14th September 1937 in the royal graveyard in Serowe, and had issue, 3 sons and 9 daughters. He died 21st February 1923 in Serowe, buried Serowe.
    • Bessie Khama, born 1867, married Chief Ratshosa Motswetle (a descendant of Chief Molwa), died 1917, and had issue. She died 1920.
      • Simon Ratshosa, born 1883, headmaster of the Khama Memorial School; married Oratile Khama (see below). He died 1939.
      • John Ratshosa, Tribal Secretary
      • Obeditse Ratshosa, Native Clerk and Interpreter for the Resident Magistrate. He died after 1960.
    • Millie Khama, married 1911, Kgosi Phethu Mphoeng, born 1880, died 1951 (see above).
    • Baboni Khama-Morwe
    • Kgosi Sekgoma II (qv)
    • Victoria Bonyerile Khama, born 20th September 1901 in Serowe, married (div.), Headman Lekhutlile.
    • Kgosi Tshekedi Khama (qv)
    • Ewetse Khama (by Semane), born January 1909, died young.
  • Kgosikgolo SEKGOMA II, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato 1923/1925, born 1869, educated at Lovedale, the Church of Scotland school for Africans in the Eastern Cape; married 1stly, (div.), Kelathehile, married 2ndly, Serero Kgamane, married 3rdly, Selebaleng Kgamana (Maria), sister of the second wife, married 4thly, Lenkeme, married 5thly (his cousin), Tebogo Kebailele, daughter of Kebailele Sekgoma (see above), and had issue. He died 17th November 1925.
    • Sethapelo Khama (by Maria), died young.
    • Oratile Khama, married Simon Ratshosa born 1883, died 1939, son of Chief Ratshosa Motswetle, and Bessie Khama (see above).
    • Gasetshware Khama (by Maria), died after 1932.
    • Naledi Khama (by Tebogo)
    • Kgosikgolo Seretse Khama (by Tebogo) (qv)
    • Botswaletse Khama (by Tebogo), born 1924, died in or about January 1926.
  • Kgosi Gorewang Kgamane, Chairman Council of Regency 1925/1926, married and had issue.
    • Kgsoi Rasebolai Kgamane (qv)
  • Kgosi
                    Tshekedi Khama (1905-1959)Kgosi Tshekedi Khama, Regent of the bamaNgwato 1926/1949, born 17th September 1905 in Serowe, educated at Serowe Public School 1912/1916, at Lovedale School 1917/1921, and at the South African Native College at Fort Hare 1923/1925; installed as Regent on 19th January 1926; married 1stly in Serowe, 3rd February 1936 (div. 1937 (#6)), Bagakgametse Moloi, born 1909, married 2ndly, 23rd May 1938 in Mafikeng, Ella Moshoela, and had issue. He died 10th June 1959 in London, buried in Serowe.(#2)
    • Kgosi Leeapetswe Khama (by Ella) (qv)
    • His Excellency Kgosi Sekgoma Khama (by Ella), born 1941, Ambassador; married (div.), Sheila Letshwiti.
    • Semane Khama (by Ella), born 1943.
    • Kgosi Modiri Khama (by Ella), born 1946.
    • Kgosi Mphoeng Khama (by Ella), born 1948, married Doreen.
  • Kgosi SERETSE KHAMA, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato 1949/1950, (#3) not recognised by the Protectorate Authority, renounced claim 26th September 1956, born 1st July 1921 in Serowe (#4), 1st President of Botswana 1966/1980, educated at Fort Hare University College and graduated with a general BA degree in 1944, went to England the following year for a legal education; at Balliol College, Oxford till 1946, then enrolled for barrister studies at the Inner Temple, London; Prime Minister of Bechuanaland 1965/1966; married 29th September 1948 in Kensington, London (#5) Mohumagadi Mma Kgosi Ruth Williams [Lady Khama], born 9th December 1923 in London, daughter of George and Dorothy Williams, died 23rd May 2002, buried 1st June 2002 in Serowe, and had issue. He died 13th July 1980 in Gaborone, he was buried in the Khama family graveyard, on the hill at Serowe overlooking his birthplace..
    • Jacqueline Tebogo Khama, born 15th May 1950 in Lobatse, married (div.), Johan ter Haar, and has issue.
      • Dale ter Haar
      • Marcus Patrick ter Haar
    • Lt.-Gen. Kgosikgolo Seretse Khama Ian Khama (qv)
    • Kgosi Tshekedi Stanford Khama (twin), born 1958, he was appointed Minister of Wildlife, Environment and Tourism; married Thea, and has issue.
      • Kaedi Khama
      • Tahlia Khama
    • Kgosi Anthony Goitsebeng Khama (twin), born 1958, married and has issue.
      • Goitsebeng Paul Khama
  • Kgosi Keaboka Kgamane, Administrator of the bamaNgwato African Authority 1950/1952
  • Kgosi Rasebolai Gorewang Kgamane, Administrator of the bamaNgwato African Authority 1953/1964, born 1907, awarded the following: BEM (British Empire Medal - Military), 13th June 1946, MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire - Civil), 1st Jan 1954, OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire - Civil), 11th June 1960, CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire - Civil), 8th June 1963, WO1 in the Bechuanaland Pioneer Corps, died 1973.
  • Kgosi Leeapetswe Khama, Administrator of the bamaNgwato Tribal Authority 1964/1974, born 1939, died 1987.
  • Mokgatsha Mokgadi, Administrator of the bamaNgwato Tribal Authority 1974/1979
  • Lt.-Gen. Kgosikgolo SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA, Paramount Chief of the bamaNgwato (qv)
OTHER MEMBERS:
  • Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane, Acting Paramount Chief.
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1. "Burke's royal families of the world", MONTGOMERY-MASSINGBRED,Hugh (ed), vol.2: Burke's Peerage 1977
2. "Tshekedi Khama" BENSON,Mary : Faber & Faber Limited , London 1960
3. NOTE: Seretse - "the clay that binds together"
4. "Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Botswana" STEVENS,Richard P. The Scarecrow Press 1975
5. "Marriage of Inconvenience: The Persecution of Seretse & Ruth Khama", DUTFIELD,Michael : Unwin Paperbacks London 1990
6. She was judged guilty of adultery with Leetile Raditladi, and the marriage was dissolved on 17 March 1937 in the Magistrate's Court. What is not clear, either from the transcript of the proceedings of the Enquiry or from interviews with members of the Raditladi family, is whether Leetile had actually committed adultery with Tshekedi's wife. Source: "Black Prince: A Biography of Tshekedi Khama 1905-1959" by Michael Crowder, Unfinished typescript 1988