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Ruth Williams Khama

Politician

Ruth Williams Khama, Lady Khama (9 December 1923 – 22 May 2002) was the wife of Botswana's first president Sir Seretse Khama, the Paramount Chief of its Bamangwato tribe. She served as the inaugural First Lady of Botswana from 1966 to 1980. Lady Khama was a former WAAF ambulance driver from Blackheath, London. She met the then Prince Seretse Khama while he was attending law school in England and she was working as a clerk at Lloyd's of London. Their interracial marriage in 1948 provoked discomfort in both South Africa and, initially, Botswana, and they lived as exiles in England until 1956. They then moved to Botswana. Lady Khama was an influential, politically active first lady during her husband's tenure as president, 1966–1980. Her sons Ian and Tshekedi became prominent politicians in Botswana. Ian Khama became the President of Botswana in 2008. A film, A Marriage of Inconvenience, based on the Michael Dutfield book with same name, was made in 1990 about the Khamas. A book, Colour Bar, has been published about the Khamas' relationship and struggles. In addition, it has also been suggested that the experiences of the Khamas, as well as the somewhat contemporary case of 1950s  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1923-12-09
Place of birth
Blackheath, London
Spouse(s)
Seretse Khama
Profession
Politician

Death

Date of death
2002-05-22
Cause of death
Throat cancer,Cancer

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