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Zambia

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General Information:
  • Location: South-Central Africa

  • Capital: Lusaka

  • Language(s): English, Nyanja, Lunda, Chichewa, Tonga, Bemba

  • Population: 13,154,122

  • Total Area: 752,618 sq km

  • Currency: Zambian Kwacha

  • Curious Alcohol Fact: There is a special beer made from corn and is called chibuku. It is sold in many villages and towns at cheap rates.

  • Annual Average Liquor Consumption Per Capita: 3.85 liters

  • Most Popular Drink(s): Chibuku, Rhino Lager 

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The Republic of Zambia is located in South-Central Africa and by virtue of its location, it is a landlocked nation meaning there is no access to the sea or ocean. Neighboring nations are Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi and Tanzania. The capital city is Lusaka and it was colonized by the United Kingdom. During the colonial era, the country was referred to as Northern Rhodesia. This was changed to Zambia upon becoming an independent nation in 1964. The name ‘Zambia’ was derived from the River Zambezi, one of the most important rivers in Africa. On the map, the country assumes the shape of a slanting number 8. Of all the nations on the continent, Zambia is one of the most urbanized, and this can be attributed in part to the vast reserves of copper in the country. The nation is one of the largest producers of copper in the world, and there is a highly urbanized region in the country where it is mined. I was pleasantly surprised at the name of the region –Copperbelt.  

The Country:

The Republic of Zambia is located in South-Central Africa and by virtue of its location, it is a landlocked nation meaning there is no access to the sea or ocean. Neighboring nations are Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi and Tanzania. The capital city is Lusaka and it was colonized by the United Kingdom. During the colonial era, the country was referred to as Northern Rhodesia. This was changed to Zambia upon becoming an independent nation in 1964. The name ‘Zambia’ was derived from the River Zambezi, one of the most important rivers in Africa. On the map, the country assumes the shape of a slanting number 8. Of all the nations on the continent, Zambia is one of the most urbanized, and this can be attributed in part to the vast reserves of copper in the country. The nation is one of the largest producers of copper in the world, and there is a highly urbanized region in the country where it is mined. I was pleasantly surprised at the name of the region –Copperbelt.  

The People:

There about 14 different ethnic groups in the country almost every Zambian will belong to one of these. For the languages, there are more than 80 of them. Some of these groups are Bemba (the largest making up about 30% of the population), Nyanja, Ila-Tonga, Lotzi, Lunda, Kabende, Aushi, Chisinga, Ngoni and Nsenga. As mentioned earlier, the country is highly urbanized with almost half of the country residing in the urban settlements. This is very interesting when one considers the fact that in many other countries, especially the sub-Saharan portion, an overwhelming proportion (more than 80% in many cases) tend to live and work in the villages, hamlets and other rural communities. Many Zambians work in the copper mines, and for those who stay in the rural areas, the major occupation is subsistence agriculture.  

 

Drinking:

As a visitor in Zambia, you are not likely to become thirsty. This is because of the fact that there are various drinks and brews. One of the most popular is the chibiku, a locally-prepared brew made from corn. There are also some other refined beers such as the Rhino Lager, Mosi, Castle and the Zambezi Lager.

 

Eating:

When it comes to eating exotic meals, Zambians are simply the best, and I surely had a nice time munching their delicacies. One of such meals is the inshima, and is made from corn paste. You have the option of taking it with spicy stew full of meat, fish or vegetables. In some other parts of the country, inshima can be made from manioc (also called cassava) but what I observed is that most Zambian meals are made from corn, and that is also a reflection of the importance of food crops in the country.

 

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