Staff Profiles

Prof Rosaleen Oabona Brankie Nhlekisana


Faculty of Humanities

African Languages and Literature

Associate Professor

Location: Block 253, Office 16
Phone: +267 355 5340
Email Prof Rosaleen Oabona Brankie Nhlekisana

PhD (Folklore), Indiana University- Bloomington,2005.

MA (African Languages and Literature) University of Wisconsin-Madison,1996.

BA (African Languages and Literature and English) University of Botswana,1992.

Cert. in Science Ed University of Botswana,1985.

Dip. in Secondary Ed Univ of Bots,1983

Professor Rosaleen Oabona Brankie Nhlekisana teaches folklore and literature in the Department of African Languages and Literature, University of Botswana. She has several years of experience in teaching and research on African folklore and literature and has published many high-quality journal articles and book chapters. She has also co-edited a book and co-authored another book. Her main research interests are in folklore, including but not limited to African traditional and popular songs, proverbs and oral narratives. Her other research interests are in gender studies, cultural studies, performance studies, popular culture and translation and interpretation.

Professor Nhlekisana holds a PhD (2005) in Folklore from Indiana University- Bloomington, USA, an MA (1996) in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and a BA (1992) in African Languages and Literature and English from the University of Botswana.  She is also a member of the Southern African Folklore Society (SAFOS), African Language Association of Southern Africa (ALASA) and African Studies Association (ASA).

  • Oral Narratives
  • Rites of Passage
  • Gender and Genre
  • Women's Literature
  • Myth and Ritual
  • African Oral and Written Literature
  • Oral Literature and the Media
  • Children's Traditions
  • Language Instruction (Setswana)


  • Folklore  
  • African traditional and popular songs
  • African proverbs
  • African oral narratives
  • Gender studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Performance studies
  • Popular culture 
  • Translation and interpretation.

  • Folklore  
  • African traditional and popular songs
  • African proverbs
  • Oral narratives
  • Gender and feminism 
  • Cultural issues
  • Performance studies
  • Popular culture 


Lukusa S. T. M, Mogara B & Nhlekisana R. O. B. (2017). An Anthology of Chegwapong Folktales. Crystal Digital Print, Gaborone.

Ndana, N S. M. Tumedi and R. O. B. Nhlekisana (eds) (2010). In Lips and Pages: Botswana Traditional Music as Socio-Political Commentary. Gaborone: Pentagon Press.


Nhlekisana, R. O. B (2017). “A Reflection on Setswana Proverbs in Botswana’s Psyche and Nationhood”. Botswana Notes and Records 48(1):150-159.

Nhlekisana, R. O. B. (2014). Gender in Setswana Oral Narratives. Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies 24 (1):10-21.

Nhlekisana, R. O. B (July 2009). “Celebrating Cultural Treasures: Practical Ways of Implementing Multiculturalism in Schools.” Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa 40 (1): 92-102.

Nhlekisana, R. O. B (2007). Honey, Lets Waltz the Day Out”: The Effects of Popular Music on Wedding Celebrations in Botswana.” Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa, 4 (1):152-162.

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