Sotho people

The Sotho (/ˈst/)[2] people, also known as the Basuto or Basotho (/bæˈst/), are a Bantu ethnic group that are native to Lesotho and South Africa. The Basotho have inhabited the region since around the fifth century CE and are closely related to other Bantu speaking peoples of the region.

King Moshoeshoe I, founder of the Basotho nation, with his Ministers.
Total population
c. 6 million (2001 est.)
Regions with significant populations
 South Africa3,544,304 (2001 census)
to 4,723,000[1]
African traditional religion, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Pedi people, Tswana and Lozi

The modern Basotho identity emerged from the accomplished diplomacy of Moshoeshoe I who unified the disparate clans of Sotho–Tswana origin that had dispersed across southern Africa in the early 19th century. Most Basotho today live in Lesotho or South Africa, as the area of the Orange Free State was originally part of Moshoeshoe's nation (now Lesotho).

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