I recently watched the movie, A United Kingdom starring our very own beauty with brains, multi-award winning actress, Terry Pheto in what I believe to be the most romantic African love story of all time.
This movie, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike as Seretse Khama, first president of Botswana and Ruth Khama his wife, left me in tears and asking myself, ‘Why?’ Why isn’t this story as well known as Romeo and Juliet? Did Romeo and Juliet even exist? Yet this true love story that happened on our African soil is unknown.
Many Africans are oblivious to the love story that shook the world. The story of Sir Seretse and Lady Ruth is more than just a love story. It is about politics, about our history, it is about societal injustice and culture. It is about revolution, how can we talk about Pan-Africanism without mentioning Sir Seretse? How do we begin to appreciate African democracy and not mention Sir Seretse?
Love knows no colour
Ruth was a brave woman. She left the comfort of Great Britain, to live in then Bechuanaland. Imagine, living in a poverty-stricken African village, for the sake of love.
Being the only white woman among black people who believe that you’re not worthy to be their queen. Not understanding a single word they’re speaking, but staying all the same for the sake of love. Being deserted by your own people, because of love. I cried.
Terry’s character is not to be undermined. She portrays the importance of sisters-in-law. She, acts as Naledi Khama, Seretse’s sister. When she decided to stand up for Ruth, she changed the minds of the people. She became Ruth’s pillar, sister and friend. She is the unsung heroine of this love story, if not for her, life for Ruth and Seretse was going to remain bitter for the longest time. This is what happens when women stand together, they make things happen. Excellent work by Terry, they couldn’t have chosen a better actress.
Nowadays, the aunts, Hungary’s sisters are despised. Wives believe that as long as the husband loves them, they don’t need his sister’s. This is very wrong!
I can watch this movie, again and again. Now I know why Botswana is such a strong state. It was built on a firm foundation, a foundation of love. May we never forget the story of Sir Seretse and Lady Ruth Khama.
And guess what? The legendary Vusi Kunene is also in this movie. Any production with ‘Jack Mabaso’ is a must-watch!