List of Famous people born in Botswana

Famous People
Names and Surnames

Shona Ferguson

First Name Shona
Born on April 30, 1972
Died on July 30, 2021 (aged 49)
Born in Botswana

Aaron Arthur Ferguson was a Botswanan-born, South African actor, executive producer and co-founder of Ferguson Films – professionally known as Shona Ferguson.

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Connie Ferguson

First Name Connie
Born on June 10, 1970 (age 52)
Born in Botswana

Constance Ferguson is a South African actress, filmmaker, producer and businesswoman, popularly known as Connie Ferguson. She is best known for her role as Karabo Moroka on South Africa's most popular soap opera, Generations. She starred on the show from its start in 1994 until she exited in 2010. In 2014, she agreed to reprise her role on the show after a 4-year absence then permanently left in 2016.

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Nia Künzer

First Name Nia
Born on January 18, 1980 (age 43)

Nia Künzer is a retired German women's football player.

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Seretse Khama

First Name Seretse
Last Name Khama
Born on July 1, 1921
Died on July 13, 1980 (aged 59)

Sir Seretse Goitsebeng Maphiri Khama, GCB, KBE was the first President of Botswana, in office from 1966 to 1980.

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Isaac Makwala

First Name Isaac
Last Name Makwala
Born on September 24, 1985 (age 37)
Height 185 cm | 6'1

Isaac Makwala is a Botswana sprinter who specializes in the 400 metres. He was the gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. He has also won continental titles at the distance, winning at the 2015 African Games and twice at the African Championships in Athletics. He has represented his country at the 2016 Summer Olympics, three times at the Commonwealth Games, and five times at the World Championships in Athletics. With the Botswana 4 × 400 metres relay team he has won medals at the African Games and Championships, as well as a silver medal at the 2017 IAAF World Relays.

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Quett Masire

First Name Quett
Born on July 23, 1925
Died on June 22, 2017 (aged 91)

Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, GCMG was the second President of Botswana, in office from 1980 to 1998. He was a leading figure in the independence movement and then the new government, and played a crucial role in facilitating and protecting Botswana's steady financial growth and development. He stepped down in 1998 and was succeeded by Vice-President Festus Mogae, who became the third President of Botswana.

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Mokgweetsi Masisi

First Name Mokgweetsi
Born on July 21, 1962 (age 60)

Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi is the fifth and current President of Botswana. He served as the 8th Vice President of Botswana from November 12, 2014 to April 1, 2018. He was a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly for the Moshupa-Manyana constituency from 2009 to 2018.

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Mpule Kwelagobe

First Name Mpule
Born on November 14, 1979 (age 43)
Born in Botswana
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Mpule Keneilwe Kwelagobe is a Botswana investor, businesswoman, model, and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 1999. She was the first black African woman to win one of the Big Four international beauty pageants, the first woman from Botswana to win, and the first from a nation making their debut in nearly four decades. Kwelagobe had previously been crowned Miss Botswana 1997 and Miss Universe Botswana 1999, and competed in Miss World 1997.

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Festus Mogae

First Name Festus
Born on August 21, 1939 (age 83)

Festus Gontebanye Mogae is a Botswana politician who served as the third President of Botswana from 1998 to 2008. He succeeded Quett Masire as President in 1998 and was re-elected in October 2004; after ten years in office, he stepped down in 2008 and was succeeded by Lieutenant General Ian Khama.

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Leetile Disang Raditladi

First Name Leetile
Born on January 1, 1910
Died on January 1, 1971 (aged 61)

Leetile Disang Raditladi (1910–1971) was a Motswana playwright and poet. He was born in Serowe and got his education in Tiger Kloof, Lovedale and Fort Hare University. A prolific author, he had his first book, a biography of Khama III, accepted for publication while still in high school at Lovedale. This book was later quashed by the Bechuanaland Protectorate authorities and was not published.

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Nijel Amos

First Name Nijel
Born on March 15, 1994 (age 29)
Height 179 cm | 5'10

Nijel Carlos Amilfitano Amos is a Botswana middle-distance runner who specializes in the 800 metres discipline. He won silver at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which was Botswana's first ever Olympic medal.

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Amantle Montsho

First Name Amantle
Born on July 4, 1983 (age 39)
Height 173 cm | 5'8

Amantle Montsho is a female sprinter from Botswana who specializes in the 400 metres. She represented her country at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, reaching the final at the latter edition. She was the first woman to represent Botswana at the Olympics. She has also competed at the World Championships in Athletics and the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and is the former World Champion over the 400m, winning in a personal best time of 49.56 in Daegu.

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Unity Dow

First Name Unity

Unity Dow is a Motswana lawyer, human rights activist, specially elected member of parliament, and a writer. She formerly served as a judge on the High Court of Botswana and in various government ministries. Born in the Bechuanaland Protectorate to a seamstress and a farmer, who insisted on their children obtaining an education, Dow grew up in a traditional rural village before modernisation. She earned a law degree in 1983 from the University of Botswana and Swaziland, though her studies were completed in Swaziland and Edinburgh, Scotland, as Botswana had no law school at the time. After her graduation, Dow opened the first all-woman law firm in Botswana and in 1997 became the first woman to be appointed as a judge to the country's High Court.

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Barolong Seboni

First Name Barolong
Born on April 27, 1957 (age 65)

Barolong Seboni is a poet and academic from Botswana.

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Hosea Kutako

First Name Hosea
Born on January 1, 1870
Died on July 18, 1970 (aged 100)

Chief Hosea Komombumbi Kutako, was an early Namibian nationalist leader and a founder member of Namibia's first nationalist party, the South West African National Union (SWANU).

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