First Lady of Botswana

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First Lady of
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Neo Masisi

since 1 April 2018
Inaugural holder Ruth Williams Khama
Formation September 30, 1966
(52 years ago)
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The First Lady of the Republic of Botswana[1][2] is Neo Masisi, who is the wife of the President of Botswana.

The office of First Lady of Botswana is currently held by Neo Masisi, wife of His Excellency Mokgweetsi Masisi.


The title and office was vacant from 1 April 2008 to 1 April 2018, as the former President of Botswana, Ian Khama, has never married.[3] President Khama's status as a lifelong bachelor, and the absence of a First Lady, has proven problematic during official functions, and there have been moves to find a substitute First Lady for some occasions.[4]

First Ladies of Botswana

Name Term Began Term Ended President of Botswana
Ruth Williams Khama[5][6] 30 September 1966 13 July 1980 Seretse Khama
Gladys Olebile Masire[1][7] 13 July 1980 31 March 1998 Quett Masire
Barbara Mogae[8] 1 April 1998 1 April 2008 Festus Mogae
Vacant[3] 1 April 2008 1 April 2018 Ian Khama
Neo Masisi 1 April 2018 - Mokgweetsi Masisi

See also


  1. ^ a b "Lady Gladys Olebile Masire – Board Member". Sir Ketumile Masire Foundatio. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  2. ^ "List of Delegations To the Twenty-Seventh Special Session of the General Assembly on Children - Botswana (page 13)" (PDF). UNICEF. UNICEF's Information Management Unit. 20 May 2002. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b Hughes, Dana (6 December 2010). "President of Botswana Says No Short, Fat Wife for Him". ABC News. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  4. ^ Liang, Aislynn (9 June 2011). "Botswana seeks 'First Lady' to host Michelle Obama". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Lady K a catalyst in life". Botswana Press Agency Daily News. 3 June 2002. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Lady K to be buried in Serowe". Botswana Press Agency Daily News. 24 May 2002. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  7. ^ Andrews, Jim (1 July 1986). "Botswana's First Lady Attends Pitt Seminar". Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Message of Mrs. Barbara Mogae, First Lady of Botswana and Honorary Member of the National Committee for the International Year of Volunteers". National Committee for the International Year of Volunteers. 6 December 2000. Retrieved 31 July 2012.

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