Heritage & Monuments

The Three Dikgosi Monument

Botswana / Africa

The Three Dikgosi Monument is a bronze sculpture in the Gaborone CBD. The statues are of three Dikgosi (tribal chiefs): Khama III of the Bangwato, Sebele I of the Bakwena, and Bathoen I of the Bangwaketse. Events, such as the 2008 Miss Independence Botswana, are held at this monument A study conducted between January and August 2007 shows that the monument is the most visited tourist destination in Gaborone. On the day it was first opened, the monument received 800 visitors.

The monument features 5.4-metre (18 ft) tall bronze statues of three Dikgosi, or chiefs, who played important roles in Botswana’s independence. The three chiefs travelled to Great Britain in 1895 to ask Joseph Chamberlain (Secretary of State for the Colonies), and Queen Victoria to separate the Bechuanaland Protectorate from Cecil Rhodes’s British South Africa Company and Southern Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe). Permission was granted and resulted in the Batswana remaining under direct British rule until Independence in 1966. Six plinths at the feet of the statues give descriptions of the three chiefs. The monument was inaugurated on 29 September 2005 by Festus Mogae, President of Botswana at the time.

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