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Botswana: Cry of the Kalahari

Botswana: Cry of the Kalahari

Botswana is a small country, with 2.2 million people who would probably be in great shape if it weren’t for the high incidence of HIV/AIDS. It has a stable government, a literacy rate approaching 90%, and a GDP per capita of over $16,000. The nation’s big...
Namibia: Unfinished Business

Namibia: Unfinished Business

Namibia was under the rule of the Republic of South Africa until it achieved independence in 1990, with the help of a civil war. This book is an academic text that evaluates the state of the nation’s democracy. I don’t normally read political science...

Malawi: Growing Up In Malawi

Malawi is a small, young, and poor country. The nation has about 18 million people, almost 70 percent of whom are under age 24. No surprise, there aren’t a lot of cultural exports. I came across a UK indie band called Lake Malawi, but it’s not the same...
Zambia: The Red Bag

Zambia: The Red Bag

The next stop on my quest to learn at least a little bit about every country in Africa is Zambia. Formerly known as Northern Rhodesia, this former British colony has been independent since 1964 and is a functional democracy. It should be wealthier than it is, because...
Kenya: Bonyo Bonyo

Kenya: Bonyo Bonyo

I think we can learn a lot about different countries from books, movies, and songs, but obviously, we can’t learn everything. I fully understand that this African blogging project has serious limitations, but I also know that I know much more about Africa than I...