What do all Namibians have in common? With 13 ethnic groups, a history of colonisation and administration under South Africa’s Apartheid government the answer might seem complicated. It is not, all Namibians have Namibia in common, a love and pride of their country.
Today Namibia is a fascinating country with every aspect of its history is imprinted on the cities, the towns, the architecture, the cuisine and the people. First and foremost Namibia is an African country, a southern African country specifically and home to the Khoisan people who lived a hunter gatherer lifestyle in the desert regions of southern Africa.
Today many still live that same life and tourists can visit San cultural centres and living museums. Along with the Khoisan there are many other groups including the Owambo, Herero, Kavango, Tswana, Himba, Caprivians, Nama and Damara people, all of whom are proud of both their culture and their country.
Cultural tours and living museums are there to allow visitors access to the many beautiful African cultures that thrive in Namibia today.
Europe also made its impact felt in Namibia, and many remnants of Namibia’s colonial history remain. Many people of European descent live in Namibia and consider it home.
The German cuisine Namibia is so famous for, as well as its great beer are as a result of the European influence. A lot of the architecture, especially in towns like Swakopmund is from colonial times, and now, in an independent Namibia that European influence lives side by side with the indigenous cultures creating a country that is one of a kind, a country of colour and diversity in everything from food to music to fashion.
Share your favourite experiences of Namibian culture with us in the comments section. Like all Namibians we love to celebrate our diversity because the true strength and beauty of Namibia lies in its people.
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