Staff Profiles

Dr. Boga Thura Manatsha

Dr Manatsha

Faculty of Humanities


Senior Lecturer

Location: Block 202/03
Phone: +267-355-2094/+267-76784693
Email Dr. Boga Thura Manatsha

BA, PGDE (University of Botswana), MA & PhD (Hiroshima University). 

Boga Thura Manatsha hails from Masunga village in the North East District. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Botswana (UB). Manatsha obtained his BA in History and English from UB in 2004 and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in 2005 at the same institution. Manatsha also holds MA (2008) and PhD (2011), Division of Cultural and Regional/Asian Studies, Hiroshima University, Japan.


Manatsha teaches Civilisation and Modernisation in China and Japan; Colonialism and Independence in South Asia; Ancient and Imperial China; Modern History of China; Introduction to Botswana History; and Administrative History. He sometimes teaches Introduction to International Relations, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, and The 20th Century Super Powers.


Manatsha’s research primarily focuses on the land question in Botswana; land policy; land conflicts; land law; traditional authorities and their role in land administration. He also researches and publishes on Botswana’s diplomatic/foreign relations with other countries, especially East Asian (Japan, China, South Korea and North Korea). His latest articles focus on Japan-Africa relations and Japan’s resource diplomacy in Southern Africa.

Land related topics; Botswana's foreign policy/diplomatic relations.

Manatsha, BT (2020). "Reflections on the Acquisition of Land by Non-citizens in Botswana". Journal of Land and Rural Studies, 8(2), pp. 185-204.

Manatsha, B.T. (2019). “Chiefs and the Politics of Land Reform in the North East District, Botswana.” Journal of Asian and African Studies, 55(1), pp. 222-237.

Manatsha, B.T. (2019). “Reflections on Botswana’s Tribal Land Act No.1 of 2018.” African Journal of Land Policy and Geospatial Sciences, 2 (3), pp. 73-84.

Manatsha, B.T. (2019). “Historicising Japan-Africa Relations.” Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies 33 (1), pp. 1-14.

Manatsha, B.T. & G.B. Sello. (2018). “Botswana-South Korea Relations Under President Ian Khama’s Presidency: 2014-2018.” BOLESWA Journal of Theology, Religion and Philosophy, 5 (1), pp. 188-206.

Manatsha, B.T. (2018). “Japan’s Resource and Energy Diplomacy in Southern Africa: Botswana as a Conduit.” Botswana Journal of Business, 11 (1), pp. 1-16.

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