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Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile

Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile

Botswana born Trans Artivist, Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile is an international award-winning writer, performer and human rights advocate – with a concerted focus on Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) livelihoods in Botswana.

Her work on queerness and queer livelihoods in contemporary African society is strongly rooted in situating herself – and others like her – as citizens and participants in shaping Botswana’s future.

Katlego is the Founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival, the first and only LGBT-themed theatre in Botswana. She is also a TED Fellow and the author of ...on about the same old things. Her debut poetry collection is Botswana’s first collection of queer-themed poetry.

A member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, Katlego served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community. She is also:

  • a 2016 Queen's Young Leaders Awards Highly Commended Runner Up
  • a 2016-17 Chevening Scholar
  • a 2015 Centre for African Cultural Excellence Botswana Selection (CACE) Africa Writivist
  • an alumna of the Young African Leadership Initiative 
  • and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). 

She was honoured as one of the 100 Most Influential Women of African Descent by OkayAfrica on their 2018 #100Women list. 

Katlego is a graduate of Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London, UK, with a masters in Human Rights, Culture, and Social Justice. She also holds an honours degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.