This name change would have great effect in the third generation.

Selogilwe Mogodi (1836-1856)

He and his family, including his well-known grandson Sol Plaatje, were of the Tswana Nation.

Selogilwe Plaatje (1856-1881)

Plaatje: (Afrikaans): picture; given the name by his Boer employer

His grandson, Sol, would become an intellectual, linguist, and writer and translated Shakespeare’s plays in Tswana and became the first African to write a novel.


  • “Sol Plaatje.” Wikipedia.
  • Van Wyk, Chris (2003). Sol Plaatje. Awareness Publishing.

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