The Ba-ka-Nswazwi people are originally Bapedi of Mujaji (Rain Queen).The Bapedi of Mujaji are Kalangas originally from Munomutapa and were ruled by Mugudo. They are found in Tutume, Nswazwi, Marapong, Masunga and Nkange in Botswana.


The Baka-Nswazwi have been assimilated back over the years into their Kalanga (Bakalanga) culture

They were led by John Madawo Nswazwi, who was born in Nswazwi in then Bechuanaland in 1875. John Nswazwi was exiled to Mafikeng in 1947 by the colonial government as a result of a conflict with the Bangwato regent Tshekedi Khama. Tshekedi Khama was the uncle of Seretse Khama, the first president of Botswana. Chief Nswazwi died on May 14, 1960.[1] He was buried in Jetjeni and his remains were later transferred to Nswazwi village in 2002.


  1. "The hidden shame of triba". News From Africa. 2002. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012.

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