Botswana - Personal background

Festus Gontebanye Mogae was born 21 August 1939 in Serowe, a town of about 35,000 in the eastern part of Botswana. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Oxford University in 1968 and a master of arts degree in development economics from Sussex University two years later. Mogae is married with three children. He has received numerous honors and awards, having been given the Presidential Order of Honour of Botswana in 1989 and made an Officier de l'Order Nationale in both Côte d'Ivoire and Mali.

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