The 21st of March marks Namibia’s Independence Day which commemorates the day the country separated from South-Africa as proposed by the League of Nations following the end of the First World War.
A former German colony, Namibia was governed by the white-led South African government in the 1920s until the Namibian War broke out and sparked the country’s call for independence.
This national holiday is one of the most important public events in the country. Namibians celebrate this day with parades and special ceremonies at the capital, Windhoek. Top government officials lead flag-hoisting ceremonies.
Composed of approximately 2,000,000 people, Namibia houses a diverse set of ethnic groups, including Obamvos, Kavangos, Hereros, and Damaras. It shares borders with Zambia, Angola, and Botswana. Its government is a multi-party parliamentary, democracy. It is a member of a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, the African Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the South African Development Community. It maintains close diplomatic relations with South African countries whose economic and strategic importance remains a top priorities of the Namibian government.
We congratulate the people and the government of Namibia led by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and President Hage Geingob on the occasion of their country’s Independence Day.