Quick--go do your Sporcle Geography quiz and you, too, will immediately know where Namibia is--just below Angola, just above South African, and connecting inland to Botswana and Zimbabwe, and by a panhandle, with Zambia. (Truth-telling, I didn't know until this moment that there was a panhandle in Zimbabwe or any of the information that I will herewith divulge as though I am an expert.) The name appears to be from the Mafwe people of the Caprivi region, which has recently been renamed the Zambeze region in an effort to erase the marks of German colonialism on the area--remember The African Queen, how Rose Sayer and Charlie Allnut travel down the Ulanga River--no relation to the rivers of Zambeze-- to Victoria Falls, where they encounter the Germans? Yup--there you go.)
And by the way, in case you want to dazzle your friends, the name Caprivi comes from Count Leo von Caprivi, chancellor of Germany, from 1890 to 1894.
|Is this not exceptionally gorgeous? The Zambeze area.|
Most of the images I can find of the Mafwe people come from what looks like an amazing living history museum.
|Yes, they're topless. Get over it.|
So, hello Namibia and hello Mafwe people. Google doesn't give me translation from English to Mafwe, so I'm having to write this in English. If someone logs on and tells me how to say hello, I will be happy to do it.
How connected we all can be these days. (And hello Maldives. I am thrilled that you are looking at this blog.)