Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Lesotho and leadership
Today we climbed Thaba Bosiu, the famous mountain in current Lesotho which used to be the famous King Moshoeshoe I's natural fortress. With lots of grazing and a good source of water it proved to be resistant to Zulus, Ngunis, Boers and Brits. When eventually the Boers did start to seriously threaten the kingdom, Moshoeshoe diplomacy saved the day. Basutoland was placed under British protection, paving the way for a fully independent Lesotho in 1966. Some still refer to Moshoeshoe as Africa's greatest leader.