-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends ff8c072dd79a91c1300f032d674241a8d64367100ffb1f25fa3f9bec4a05319f
Kidzworld Logo

The Republic of Namibia

You may recognize its name because Brangelina recently hunkered down to have their baby there, but Namibia is much more than a safe haven for celebrities to escape from the fierce paparazzi spotlight. Find out about this southern African country right here!

Namibia - Where Is It?

This African country is located on the southwest coast of the continent. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the east, Angola and Zambia to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The capital of Namibia is Windhoek and is located almost directly in the middle of the country.

Namibia - A Brief History

Namibia was originally inhabited by different tribes that had immigrated from the north of Africa. It wasn't until the mid to late 19th century that Europeans laid claim to the country. Germany came to control the majority of Namibia, which at the time was called South West Africa, and the United Kingdom controlled the region of Walvis Bay. When World War I began, South Africa moved in and occupied Namibia - unofficially running it as its own territory. In the mid-1960s though, a guerrilla group called the South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) launched a war against South Africa, looking for independence. Even though South West Africa was re-named Namibia by the United Nations in 1968, it wasn't until 1990 that it officially became an independent nation.

Namibia - Diamonds Are Forever

In comparison to other diamonds in the world, Namibian diamonds tend to be much smaller, but also of higher quality. Each year, close to 1.5 million carats of diamonds are harvested from various mines throughout the country. Many African countries rely on the diamond trade to support their economy, but often rebel groups have a hand in selling these precious gems to support their illegal activities and civil wars - a subject that is discussed in Kanye West's song, Diamonds From Sierra Leone. As well as diamonds, Namibia is a lead exporter of minerals like lead, zinc, tin and silver.

Namibia - Did U Know?

  • Angelina Jolie, accompanied by the father of her children, Brad Pitt, opted to give birth to her daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt in Namibia in May 2006.
  • The average life expectancy of a Namibian citizen is 43 years, which is approximately 34 years less than the average American. This is largely in part because of the rampant AIDS epidemic that Namibia faces.
  • Namibia is home to the Namib Desert, which is thought to be the oldest desert in the world!
  • The official language in Namibia is English, but most of the population speaks Afrikaans as either their first or second language.
  • Related Stories:

  • Adventures in Africa
  • The ABC's on HIV/AIDS
  • The Desert Biome
  • More Cool Places to Travel...
  • 0 Comments

    Related Stories

    F1150916838234

    Which Country is NOT in Africa?

    • Zaire.
    • Egypt.
    • Madagascar.
    • Yemen.

    General In The Forums

    ImagineOrdinary
    ImagineOrdinary posted in Random:
    0, but on my old account I had between 72-200 lol I usually didn't let it go over 200
    reply 4 minutes
    -Oracle-
    -Oracle- posted in Random:
    720
    reply 24 minutes
    mrCali
    mrCali posted in Say Anything:
    "the_moon" wrote:something like "software development" doesn't exclusively entail programming; there are other elements to consider, such as designing the software and testing it Good answer :)
    reply about 1 hour
    CaptJolee
    CaptJolee posted in Random:
    a half eaten banana
    reply about 1 hour
    mrCali
    mrCali posted in Say Anything:
    hahah not really, i'm from california so mrCali sounds appropriate :P
    reply about 1 hour