The Republic of Namibia is a country in southern Africa and a former German colony. It gained independence from South Africa in 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence.
Namibia's capital and largest city is Windhoek. Most of its territory was a German Imperial protectorate in 1884 and remained a German colony until the end of World War I. South Africa occupied the colony in 1915 and administered it from 1919 onward as a League of Nations mandate territory. Since independence Namibia has successfully completed the transition from white minority apartheid rule to parliamentary democracy.
A politician whose father named him after the infamous German leader overwhelmingly won his race in Ompundja. He told Bild that his father "probably didn't understand what Adolf Hitler stood for" when naming him.
A Canadian company has gotten permission to drill for oil and gas in Namibia’s Kavango Basin — an important ecosystem that shelters the country’s largest elephant population and feeds water into the world-famous Okavango Delta in neighboring Botswana. Although Namibia says this drilling is mere exploration, environmentalists fear oil development there will harm local communities and wildlife.
Some African nations are keeping their COVID-19 cases low, at least for now. While lockdowns and closed borders have come at a huge cost to the economies, keeping infections low is vital to reopening the continent. DW looks at how two countries that have managed it.
While lockdowns in Asia and Europe have been the go-to method in stopping the coronavius spreading, they have been seriously problematic when applied in Africa. Across the continent, business has stalled and more importantly, people are facing hunger as limited savings and resources dry up. But it also depends on how each state applies them.