Here’s a neat little irony or coincidence or something. As the world grooves to the United States having a biracial president, Sub-Saharan Africa last year also got a biracial head of state.
Ian Khama, the president of Botswana, was born in the U.K. His father was Sir Seretse Khama, who led his nation to independence. His mother was an Englishwoman named Ruth Williams.
Their marriage – and its impact on the politics of southern Africa – is the subject of a recent book called “Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation.”
To check out Ian Khama’s Obama-like swagger, watch this CNN piece: