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Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia (Afrikaans Republiek van Namibië, German: Republik Namibia), is a country in Southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana and Zimbabwe to the east, and South Africa to the south and east. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990 following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek (German: Windhuk).

Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), the Commonwealth of Nations and many other international organisations. It has been given many names: the land of contrasts, the land God made in anger, the ageless land. For many years it was known only as South West Africa, but it adopted the name Namibia, after the Namib Desert. It is the second least densely populated country in the world, after Mongolia.

The dry lands of Namibia were inhabited since early times by Bushmen, Damara, Namaqua, and since about the 14th century AD, by immigrating Bantu who came with the Bantu expansion. It was visited by the British and Dutch missionaries during the late 18th century. It was also visited by Dorsland trekkers (also known as Junker Boers) in 1879, but became a German Imperial protectorate in 1884. In 1920, the League of Nations mandated the country to South Africa, which imposed their laws and from 1948, their apartheid policy.

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A view of the Spitzkoppe (also referred to as Spitzkop, Groot Spitzkop, or the "Matterhorn of Namibia"), is a group of bald granite peaks or bornhardts located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert, Namibia.

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edit The Namibia cricket team is the team that represents Namibia in international cricket matches. It is governed by Cricket Namibia, an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1992 and became part of the High Performance Program in 2007. They took part in the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, though they lost all their games. They have played in each edition of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

The first mention of cricket being played in what is now Namibia was a match played between South African soldiers and locals near Otjiwarongo in 1915 shortly after the occupying Germans had surrendered to the South African troops. The outcome of World War I left South Africa as the holder of the League of Nations mandate for the region, now renamed South-West Africa.

South Africans moving into the country meant that more and more cricket clubs began to be formed, but it was not until 1954 when the South-West Africa representative side first played, playing Liesbeek Park, a club side from Cape Town. The South-West Africa team, whilst never formally being part of the then South Africa Cricket Union, played at low levels of South Africa domestic cricket for many years until 1989. (Read more...)

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A yellow and white neo-classicist building in bright sunlight. The roof of corrugated iron sheets is painted dark red, on the main gable the inscriptions read "A.D.1913" and "SADC Tribunal". Seven flagpoles with national flags of countries from the Southern African Development Community are mounted onto the pavement in front of the building.

*... that the Turnhalle building (pictured) in Windhoek lent its name to a conference, an alliance, and two political parties?

*... that despite receiving a budget allocation in 2003, the public sports stadium in Gibeon, Namibia hadn't been repaired as of December 2007?

*... that when Amraal Lambert, Captain of the Kaiǀkhauan in South-West Africa, moved from Leonardville to ǂKoabes, he could not pronounce the Nama name of the settlement and changed it to Gobabis?

*...that the Namibian city of Otjimbingwe was the capital city before the modern capital, Windhoek, replaced it in 1892?

*... that the first missionary house in South-West Africa, today's Namibia, was erected in Warmbad in 1806?

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Sam Nujoma

Samuel Daniel Shafiishuna Nujoma (born 12 May 1929 in Ongandjera, South West Africa (now Omusati Region)) was the first President of Namibia. He was inaugurated as President on 21 March 1990 and was subsequently re-elected in 1994 and 1999, serving until 2005. He was also President of the South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) from its founding in 1960 until 2007.

Nujoma was born in the north of the country, in Ongandjera, which is part of the cultural area known as Ovamboland. His mother, Kuku Helvi-Mpingana Kondombombolo, died on 26 November 2008 at the age of 108. She was known as the "Grandmother of the Nation.

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