Unity, Liberty, Justice

Namibia, Land of the Brave

Namibia borders Angola and Zambia in the north, South Africa in the south and Botswana in the east.

Slightly more that 2.2 million


National Animal:


Official Name:
Republic of Namibia

Date of Independence:
March 21, 1990 from South Africa

System of Government:
Republic, with Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches

Head of State:
President Hifikepunye Pohamba since 2005

Prime Minister:
Nahas Angula since 2005


English, German, Afrikaans, Bantu and Khoisan

The current literacy rate in Namibia is about 83%, one of the highest in Africa

Freedom of religion was adopted through Namibia's Bill of Fundamental Rights. About 90% fo the population is Christian.

Other useful info

The Namibia Dollar and South African Rand are the only legal tender in Namibia

Time Zones:
Summer time: GMT +2 hours from the 1st Sunday in September to the 1st Sunday in April. Winter time: GMT +1 hour from the 1st 

Public Holidays
New Year's Day
Good Friday
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
Independence Day - March 21
Ascension Day
Workers' Day - May 1
Cassinga Day - May 4
Africa Day - May 25
Heroes' Day - August 26
Human Rights Day - December 10
Christmas Day
Family/Boxing Day - December 26

                                                               Brief History:

Before Namibia was even called by its name today, the country was known as the German South West Africa. Namibia was colonized by Germany in the late 1800s back when the exploration of Africa was at its peak in world history. What led to its discovery was the interest of foreigners to the rare ivory tusks that were hunted off from elephants. The country soon became a settlement for Germans who explored the land. In the early years, there had been conflict between two peoples, the Namas and the Hereros, followed by the Namas and the Schutztruppes, and not to mention also the disagreements between the Schutztruppes and the Hereros. The Schutztruppes are the German protective forces that were sent to relieve and resolve the disagreements between the Hereros people and the Namas people. These three groups have been in conflict with each other, but fortunately ended in a resolve to independence.

When Namibia was discovered to be a diamond country, there was great unrest. Germany then had to surrender the nation where it ended up in martial law till 1919. The country then was under the administration of the Union of South Africa which proved to be a start in the series of events that would lead to its independence. In the late 20th Century, the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) fought a war to liberate the county, but it was on March 21, 1990 when the United Nations enacted a resolution that was able to mandate elections and in effect became an independent state. The country underwent several phases in order to be the Namibia that is known today. 

You can also check out this website for more info on Namibia: 
eLearning Africa
Namibia via Wikipedia

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