Celebrating our bicentenary

Years of Basotho Nation Building

Plans for Bicentenary celebrations in 2024 announced

The Basotho Nation celebrates 200 years in existence as a nation together in 2024 since its founding by the great King Moshoeshoe I in 1824.

Celebrate with Pride
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Foster-Unity
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Embrace Progress
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Throughout 2024

We’ll be celebrating our people, our unique history, the incredible achievements of our Great founding King Moshoeshoe the 1st and the indelible impact he’s made, in a year-long programme of events and activities.


The most important speakers

Discover the exciting programme, packed with words of wisdom from the highly esteemed professionals, His Majesty the King, the honourable Ministers, and Their Excellencies:

Professor Nitasha Kaul

Director, Centre for the Study of Democracy


His Majesty King Letsie III

the King of the Kingdom of Lesotho


Hon.Mpotjoane

Hon.Min,Foreign Affairs, the Kingdom of Lesotho


HE. Harry MacDonald

British High Commissioner to Lesotho


HE. SN.Bereng

The Kingdom of Lesotho High Commissioner to the UK

the Nation Ready To Celebrate

This is a significant moment and time for the nation to celebrate with a clear purpose to revive its dignity and image in the region and the world around, as well as to transform into a new and better Lesotho that is united, progressive, and prosperous, as we begin our third century as a nation.

Event Schedule

The Lesotho High Commission in London has various events in store to celebrate this momentous occasion. We will commence with:
The Lesotho 200 Event Reception to be held at Westminster University on 3rd May 2024

1-DAY

may 3rd 2024

4-12 Little Titchfield Street London W1W 7BY

what’s on?:

  • Vote of thanks and welcome by the host to His Majesty, his contingent delegation of honourable Ministers and business leaders from Lesotho.
  • Address by His Majesty King Letsie III, and the esteemed guests, honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs Lejone Mpotjoane, HE High Commissioner Bereng.
  • Basotho UK diaspora & the guests networking reception.
  • 17:30 – 20:00 hrs
  • 4-12 Little Titchfield Street London W1W 7BY
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His Majesty. King Letsie III

Views from members of Basotho diaspora community UK

This celebration is a confluence of many happy coincidences. Chief among them is the visit by his Majesty. What a joy to be the generation representing and celebrating Basotho at 200.

letuka mpholle
Diaspora Commitee Chair

What an honour and privilege to be part of this momentous celebration with our Majesty in a land far from home. I look forward to the activities planned to mark this occasion.

refiloe
‘mota
Diaspora Commitee Secretary

I’m really looking forward to the occasion, and equally feeling so honoured to be able to attend our National Bicentenary Reception.

mikail mokuena
Diaspora member

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