Republic of Namibia
National anthem of Namibia
Namibia, Land of the Brave
"Namibia, Land of the Brave
" is the national anthem of Namibia. After it became independent in 1990, Namibia held a competition to decide upon a new anthem, which was won by Axali Doëseb, the director of a traditional music group from the Kalahari desert. On the first anniversary of independence the new national anthem was played for the first time publicly and met with general public approval. However, there was some discussion over the text, since in the opinion of some musicologists the linguistic stresses are not always harmonious with the musical rhythm.
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Map of Namibia
Basic information on Namibia
South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that was soon named Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia has been governed by SWAPO since the country won independence in 1990. Hifikepunye POHAMBA was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam NUJOMA who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule.
||Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and South Africa
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2007 est.)
||a wide red stripe edged by narrow white stripes divides the flag diagonally from lower hoist corner to upper fly corner; the upper hoist-side triangle is blue and charged with a yellow, 12-rayed sunburst; the lower fly-side triangle is green