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Here Are Some 8 Interesting Facts About NamibiaYou May Not Know

Namibia, a large and sparsely populated country on Africa's south-west coast, has enjoyed stability since gaining independence in 1990 after a long struggle against rule by South Africa. 

1. Namibia's capital city is Windhoek

2. Namibia is one of the youngest countries in the world, having achieved independence from South Africa on March 21, 1990.

3. Celebrities Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie chose to give birth to their daughter Shiloh in Namibia in 2006. The couple also donated US$2 million to the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary.

4. The San of Namibia are the world's oldest surviving hunter-gatherers. By the age of 12, most San children are able to identify 200 species of plant, while many adults can identify over 300.

5. Namibia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein, is home to over 2,500 cave paintings and carvings on 212 slabs of rock and 13 panels, some of which are almost 6,000 years old.

6. Himba women of Namibia cover their skin with a mixture of ocher, butter, and resin from omuzumba shrubs for protection from the sun, giving their skin a reddish hue.

7. The Hoba meteorite in Namibia is the world's largest known single meteorite, weighing over 119,050 pounds.

8. Fish River Canyon in Namibia is disputably the second largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in Arizona, depending on how the rank is determined. While Fish River Canyon is 1,640 feet deep, 100 miles long, and 17 miles wide, the Blue Nile Gorge in Ethiopia, for example, is 3,200 feet deep and 250 miles long, but only 12 miles wide.

Source: Fact Retriever 

 

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How Walvis Bay is positioning itself to become the trade hub for Southern Africa

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It was in the late-nineties when former Namibian President, Sam Nujoma, began discussions around the initial plans for the US$618m twin projects at the port town of Walvis Bay. Fast-forward two decades, to July 2017, and there is a sense of anxiety as Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) CEO Bisey Uirab and port engineer Elzevir Gelderbloem, wait to receive their guest. At 88, the visitor to the port still looks sharp, a bit shorter than he did during the liberation struggle as he led the country towards independence in 1990. What is still the same is his signature infectious smile, broad and welcoming. You would mistake him to be the host. Nujoma is in town to visit the sites of the new container terminal and oil storage facility at the Port of Walvis Bay.

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Namibian Cosmetic Manufacturing Firm Aiming To Be A Global Success

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Sandra Mwiihangele comes from a family that celebrates a long line of entrepreneurs going back generations. Mwiihangele, 29, is the founder of Kiyomisandz Beauty Products, a toiletry and cosmetic manufacturing company based in Windhoek, Namibia. Kiyomi (pronounced as Kee-yo-mee) means “pure beauty” in Japanese, and the significance of her name is apt considering her chosen industry. Born in Luanda, Angola, she loved the beauty industry from an early age. At 11, she won the gold medal at the Namibian Expo of Young Scientists competition for developing a top-quality matte lipstick.

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