Dating and marriage

Dating and marriage

'A family never ends'

Offana is 17 years old and is in no hurry to start dating. He is putting his studies first.

Like many Africans, education is important to Offana. He is concentrating on his school work for now.

However, Offana wants to have a wife and children one day. “People tend to get married in their thirties,” he says. And once you're married, he believes in the importance of family life and that 'a family never ends'.

Arranged marriages

Traditionally, marriages in Botswana were arranged by parents who would choose a wife or husband for their children.

Nowadays, children usually decide who they want to marry. But some old practices remain. Watch the video to see what these are and find out what families traditionally receive as a marriage gift.