For many, Botswana is famous as the location for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, a series of 11 novels by Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith.
The author went on to set up the country's first opera venue in the capital Gabarone which has started to change the country's cultural ambitions.
Fast Track went to meet the cast.
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