Our wild, hot neighbour

2009-12-05 13:05

MUCH as the hyped-up birth of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt

brought ­attention to the inconspicuous country of Namibia four years ago, the

offbeat novels of Briton Alexander McCall Smith have made ­Botswana famous the

world over.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels, featuring the unaffected

Mma (madam) Precious Ramotswe, have now been turned into a film and TV series

starring US R&B soul diva Jill Scott, and the series is the perfect

showpiece for Botswana’s breathtaking landscape.

Botswana has a thriving diamond industry that rakes in at least

half of the country’s annual gross domestic product profit.

It has produced some of pop ­culture’s most loved icons such as

­soapie stars Connie and Shona Ferguson, Thato “DJ Fresh” Sekwane and model

Kaone Kario.

The country’s Miss World ­contestant, Sumaiyah Marope, has been one

of the most popular among the 112 beauty queens currently in South Africa for

the competition.

So what more does the country have to offer?

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