Batlokwa clan names derive from the Tswana people of South Africa. These clan names have been in existence for centuries and help preserve Tswana culture and heritage.
Batlokwa clan names are not simply surnames but rather a naming system which honours the Tswana ancestors, and which runs across multiple families.
The term Batlôkwa refers to several Indigenous communities who reside in Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa.
Many of the Batlokwa clans can trace their royal lineages back to Kgwadi, who was the son of King Tabane and founder of the Batlokwa nation.
The Tlôkwa tribe’s original totem animal was the Tlokwe-cat, but it eventually went extinct from overhunting by members of the clan who valued its fur.
Leboko la Batlokwa
Ke mafifitswana a go rekwa ka kgomo
Mafeta kgomo a je motho
Ba ga Mmanakana-a-Mosima
Ba ga Mmanakana-di-ganong
Ba ga mosi mmolaya moapei
Moapeelwana a sale a lela
Ba ga Nkwenyana-a-Nkwe o apereng?
Nkwe ke apere tau
The Batlokwa have many customs and traditions in common with other Sotho-Tswana clans. They normally speak one of three languages depending on the area they live in: Setswana, Sesotho or Northern Sotho, but most often speak Setswana.
The Batlokwa are largely adapting to an urban population and culture, as most Africans are. However, in rural areas traditional culture continues to play a big role in everyday life.
Although customary law is still very important, there is also a unique culture of marrying paternal cousins. In the urban areas of each region, which are cosmopolitan and full of diverse cultures, western cultural norms typically prevail.