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Kgomotso Moahi’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroBotswana academic
Is Academic 
From Botswana 
Type Education 
Genderfemale
Birth 1958, Lobatse, Botswana
Age:62 years

Kgomotso Hildegard Moahi, is an academic and academic administrator in Botswana, who serves as an associate professor in The Department of Library and Information Studies, at the University of Botswana, the country’s largest public university. She has previously served as the chair of the department of information studies, dean of the Faculty of Humanities and as member of the Council of the University of Botswana. For a period of nine months in 2017, Moahi served as the acting vice chancellor of the university.

Background and education

Moahi was born in Lobatse, Botswana circa 1958, to Ben Marengwa, a South African-born geologist and Mrs. Marengwa. She was their eldest daughter among the five children they had together. The parents, who were Pan African Congress (PAC) activists, fled to escape harassment by apartheid South Africa.

After attending local elementary and secondary schools, she was admitted to the University of Botswana and Swaziland in 1977. She spent the first two years in a pre-entry science program, before switching and pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration. She graduated in 1982.

Later, she pursued a Master of Science degree in Information Studies, at the University of Botswana. Her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Library and Information Sciences was awarded in 2000, by the University of Pittsburgh, in the United States.

Career

After her first degree, she returned to Lobatse and was hired by the Botswana Meat Commission as a trainee computer programmer. She worked in the company’s data processing department for three years.

In 1985, she took up employment with the University of Botswana National Institute of Research as a data administrator. The job required her to computerize the university’s documentation. Many university staff members, both academic and non-academic, needed to be trained to use the computer. She served in that role until 1993. Moahi was then appointed lecturer, in the department of library and information studies at the university.

Following the completion of her doctoral degree, she was appointed head of department, serving in that capacity for six consecutive years. In 2008, she was appointed dean of the Faculty of Humanities, serving there until 2014. Also in 2008, she was appointed associate professor.