Botswana celebrates its 53 years of independence from Britain.

The Republic of Botswana, a land-locked country in the southern part of Africa bordered by South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia; celebrated its 53 years of Independence on the 3oth of September 2019. Formerly known as the British protectorate of Bechuanaland; the country gained its independence from Britain on 30th September, 1966 and then adopted the new name Botswana.

Botswana’s Independence which is commonly called Boipuso, is celebrated annually on the 30th of September as a National Holiday. To celebrate the National Day of Botswana there are usually parades, fireworks, picnics, fairs, family reunions, concerts, political speeches and ceremonies.

Botswana remains Africa’s oldest continuous democracy as it has maintained an uninterrupted tradition of democratic elections.

Botswana after Independence

A year after gaining its independence in 1966, the discovery of a huge diamond mine in Orapa transformed Botswana from one of the poorest and least developed countries in Africa to one of the most prosperous countries in Africa.

This maybe one of the reasons why the Independence day celebration is very important to the country’s citizens.

Today, Botswana is the second largest producer of diamonds in the world. It accounts for about 17.7% of the world’s diamond production.

Botswana also has the richest diamond mine by value in the world; the Jwaneng Diamond Mine with Jwaneng meaning “place of small stones”.

Asides diamond, Botswana possess so many natural endowments; it is home to the world’s largest concentration of African elephants. The country also houses one of the seven natural wonders of Africa; the Okavango Delta, which the largest inland delta in the world. Also about 38% of Botswana’s territory is dedicated to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas.

The country is a very peaceful and beautiful place to visit in Africa. It is truly a unique travel destination, no wonder it was nominated by Loney Planet as a top travel destination.

During the Botswana Independence day celebration; its current President Mokgweetsi Masisi, received congratulatory messages from South Africa and UAE leaders.

There was also a friendly football match between Liberia and Botswana to mark the independence day celebration.  the match ended in a goalless draw.

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