Zambia Facts & Information
Zambia is best described as the Real Africa. It's a beautiful, hospitable, culturally diverse nation that epitomizes the spirit and glory of Africa. Needful to point out, this makes Zambia an excellent tourist destination. A mixed culture, a friendly people, a beautiful unadulterated landscape, and numerous tourist attraction sites, Zambia is just the place to be, year round.
Its culture is a mixture of indigenous Bantu culture blended finely but not thoroughly over 73 dialects, toned visibly with European influences. After years of urbanization and tribal intermarriages, Zambia has retained a beautiful color of culture and unity that makes it difficult to even notice that there are 73 tribes and dialects over a space of only 752,614 km2.
Located in between 8 countries, without a sea coast, Zambian boasts of A-class international relations and friendliness to foreign visitors. Whilst to others lack of sea coast may be a disadvantage, Zambia's situation is of a different fortune. Zambia maximizes is geo-location positively. It's a hub for economic and political activity in the region, leading in democratic policies, economic liberalization, and trade integration.
As such economic policies highly favor foreign investment particularly in mining, tourism, and agriculture. Zambia of course is the 5 largest copper producing countries in the world, most preferred tourism destination in Africa, and one of the very few self-dependant wheat producers. This shows its economic potential and justifies its economic growth rate between 2006 and 2010.
This southern African country enjoys rich traditional culture that is visible through colorful annual traditional ceremonies. Some prominent traditional ceremonies include: Kuomboka and Kathanga (Western Province), Mutomboko (Luapula Province), Ncwala (Eastern Province), Lwiindi and Shimunenga (Southern Province), Likumbi Lyamize (North Western), Chibwela Kumushi (Central Province), Ukusefya Pa Ng'wena (Northern Province).
Zambia's popular traditional arts range from pottery, basketry (such as Tonga baskets), stools, fabrics, mats, wooden carvings, to ivory carvings, wire craft and copper crafts. Zambian traditional music is based on percussions performed with a lot of singing and dancing. Today Zambia popular artists perform a unique genre that is usually a blend of kalindula or rhumba with street chanting or a fusion or RnB with Zambian pop.
The people are not only friendly and fun loving; they are religious and often superstitious. Early missionaries such as the famous David Livingstone widely evangelized Zambia and as such opened it to other missionaries of different faiths and denominations.
Saturdays and Sundays are characterized by scores of people trekking between their homes and their places of worship. It is widely believed that the name Zambia is in fact derived from the word Nzambi which means GOD. Hence Zambia is believed to mean, God's own. This is also believed to be the cause of peace and tranquility for many years in a region that has been marred by civil wars in neighboring Congo, Angola nearby Rwanda, and troubled Zimbabwe.