JLB Matekoni

played by Lucian Msamati

Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is considered the finest mechanic in Botswana.

Character Bio

Considered the finest mechanic in Botswana, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, the proud proprietor of the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors garage, insists, "We only look after cars we can make friends with." Although he is a widower and a bit concerned about his weight, the single Mr. Matekoni is not a bitter man. Born and raised in Tlokweng, he possesses the traditional Botswanan values of kindness and virtue - just the kind of traits, Precious Ramotswe truly appreciates.


In addition to his acclaimed international acting career, Lucian Msamati is a founding member and Artistic Director of Zimbabwe's acclaimed Over The Edge Theatre Company. He also wrote the play 'Zuva Crumbling' which was performed at London's Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.

Theatre credits:
'Death and The Kings Horseman' (Royal National Theatre), 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui' (Lyric Hammersmith), '1807- The First Act' (The Globe), 'Pericles' (RSC), 'The Overwhelming' (National Theatre), 'Walk Hard (Tricycle)', Fabulation (Tricycle), 'Gem Of The Ocean' (Tricycle), 'Who Killed Mr. Drum' (Riverside), 'President of An Empty Room' (National Theatre), 'Twelfth Night' (Sheffield Crucible), 'Mourning Becomes Electra' (National, Lyttelton), 'I.D.' (Almeida), 'Romeo & Juliet' (The Dancehouse, Manchester), 'The Taming of the Shrew' (Bath Shakespeare Festival), 'Born African' (Arthur Seaton Theatre, New York), 'Twelfth Night' (Neuss Globe Theatre, Germany), 'Fade to Black' (Harare International Festival of Arts), 'Eternal Peace Asylum' (American Repertory Theatre), 'Loot, Urfaust' (Reps Theatre) 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' (Seven Arts Theatre), 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (NTO Zimbabwe).

'The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency,' 'Spooks,' 'Just Like Ronaldinho,' 'Ultimate Force,' 'Too Close for Comfort,' 'The Knock,' 'Heads and Tales.'

'The International,' 'Coffin,' 'Legend of the Sky,' 'Kingdom,' 'Dr. Juju,' 'Lumumba'

'The Jero Plays,' 'The Homecoming,' 'Seventh Street,' 'Alchemy' and 'Colours.'

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