Princess Gaboilelwe Moroka crowned Kgosi of Barolong boo Seleka, South Africa

Princess Gaboilelwe Moroka of Barolong Boo Seleka, Thaba Nchu, Free State Province, South Africa has been installed as the Kgosi (Chief/ King) of Barolong boo Seleka tribe, South Africa

The event which was held on 11th September 2022 marks a break in the common tradition of crowning only men on the throne. This comes after a long battle over succession between different factions of the Royal house since the last Kgosi ( her father) passed on in 2013. Women have acted as regents but never Kgosi before. Kgosi means chief or king, it depends

She is the Daughter of late Kgosi (chief) Mokgopa Moroka and his wife Kgosigadi Gaongalelwe Moroka.

An activist, barrier-breaker, warrior and selfless advocate of health rights of children, youth and women,  passionate about rural development, she is the Founder of the Princess Gabo Foundation that advocates and supports responsible reproductive, maternal and child health.

Previously she worked in the civil service with over decade of experience in public administration.

Princess Gabo as she is affectionately known is currently serves as :

  • Member of the Free State House of Traditional Leaders and is the Leader of delegation to National House of Traditional Leaders, where she serves as member of the Executive and also chairs a special task team on Agrarian Revolution.
  • The FIRST SADC region co-ordinator for Elite Africa, an organization for young African leaders
  • Serves as Chair of Agriculture, Smart Villages/Smart Cities and Food Security for Women of Africa Arise
  • the first President for the SADC region for the African Union of Developmental NGO’s.

Kgosi Gaboilelwe is a recipient of the following International Awards:

  1. Unashamedly Ethical award of appreciation for her impact in society to stand up for ethics, values and clean living.
  2. The ‘Warrior’ change-maker award by Agrobiz (USA)
  3. Black History Achievement Award by COGIC (Church of God in Christ) – (USA)
  4. vice-rector’s award from the University of the Free State for excellence and outstanding commitment in community engagement.

She is also a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni from Indiana University, USA (a flagship programme for Young African Leaders)

All pictures courtesy of Princess Gabo.

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