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Biogeography of Africa

Biogeography of Africa  

Distribution of plant and animal life on the continent of Africa.Due to its tectonic history, weather patterns, and sheer longitudinal sprawl—7,918 km (4,920 mi)—from Tunis, Tunisia to Cape Town ...
Bulawayo

Bulawayo  

Second largest city in Zimbabwe.In the early nineteenth century, the Ndebele king, Lobengula, established his homestead 5 km (3 mi) south of present-day Bulawayo, on the savanna near the ...
Bushmen

Bushmen  

Term, often considered derogatory, used to describe the San, a group of Khoisan-speaking hunter-gatherers who live in the Kalahari Desert.The first European encounter with the so-called Bushmen of ...
Commonwealth

Commonwealth  

The term ‘Imperial Commonwealth’ was first used formally during the First World War to refer collectively to Britain and the self-governing dominions of the British Empire. After the war, Canada ...
Dance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dance in Sub-Saharan Africa  

African dances are as varied and changing as the communities that create them. Although many types of African dance incorporate spirited, vigorous movement, there are others that are more reserved ...
Economic Development in Africa

Economic Development in Africa  

Promotion of economic activity in Africa through means such as education, creation of new businesses, more efficient production, improved financing, and enhanced transportation facilities.For ...
Female Writers in English-Speaking Africa

Female Writers in English-Speaking Africa  

African women who have published works in English.In many parts of Africa, women have long held primary roles as storytellers, teachers, poets, and oral historians. Yet only since the ...
Gaborone

Gaborone  

Formerly Gaberones, the capital and largest city of Botswana.Located in southeastern Botswana near the Notwani River, Gaborone was founded in 1890 by Cecil Rhodes’ British South Africa Company ...
Jack Mapanje

Jack Mapanje  

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(1944– )Malawian poet, detained without trial for nearly four years in his native Malawi in 1987. He has lived in Britain since his release. His first collection of poetry, Of ...
Kalahari

Kalahari  

A high, vast, arid plateau in southern Africa north of the Orange River, comprising most of Botswana with parts in Namibia and South Africa.
Kalanga

Kalanga  

Ethnic group of southern Africa; also known as Bakalanga and Kalaka.The Kalanga primarily inhabit northeastern Botswana and western Zimbabwe. Others live in Mozambique. They speak a Bantu language ...
Kavango

Kavango  

Ethnic group of northeastern Namibia, northern Botswana, and southern Angola.The Kavango people are descendants of groups of ethnic Ovambo who split from that society during the seventeenth century ...
Khoikhoi

Khoikhoi  

Ethnic cluster of southern Africa; also known as Khoekhoe, Namaqua, Khoi, and pejoratively as Hottentot.The Khoikhoi consists of Khoisan-speaking pastoral groups, including the Nama. The Khoikoi live ...
Khoisan

Khoisan  

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Family of languages spoken primarily in southern Africa.Khoisan languages, known for their click consonants, are spoken by both San foragers, pejoratively called Bushmen, and Khoikhoi pastoralists, ...
Nama

Nama  

Ethnic group of southern Africa; also known as the Namakwa, Naman, or Namaqua.The Nama primarily inhabit western Botswana and southern Namibia. They speak a Khoisan language and are considered ...
Namibia

Namibia  

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After much missionary activity, South West Africa was annexed by Germany in 1884. After the First World War, the territory was administered as a mandate by South Africa. In 1966 the United Nations ...
Ndebele

Ndebele  

A Bantu-speaking Zulu people, branches of which are found in Zimbabwe (where they are better known as Matabele) and in the Transvaal.
Northern Cape

Northern Cape  

Province in northwestern South Africa.Bounded on the north by Namibia and Botswana, on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by Western Cape, and on the east ...
Pieter Willem Botha

Pieter Willem Botha  

(b. 12 Jan. 1916, d. 31 Oct 2006).Prime Minister of South Africa 1978–84, President 1984–9Early careerBorn in Paul Roux (Orange Free State), he abandoned his university studies and moved to Cape ...
population growth

population growth  

The rate of increase of the world's population has become ever faster:‘Future population growth is highly dependent on the path that future fertility takes. In the medium variant, fertility is ...

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