“One Zambia, One Nation”
- 14 million total for the whole country
- Most people live in rural villages
- Capital city is Lusaka
- Population of capital is 1 million
- Located in Southern Africa
- Has borders with 8 countries
- Landlocked (no sea port)
- Land size is as big as Texas
- Has 10 provinces; 74 districts
- David Livingstone was a missionary from Scotland and the first white man to enter Zambia in 1852.
- Zambia is a former British colony called Northern Rhodesia.
- Became independent country on October 24, 1964
- Zambia has held six (6) presidential elections in last 20 years.
- Three (3) different political parties have held the office of the president.
- Edgar Lungu was elected as president in January 2015.
- The Post Newspaper has a website
- 60% of Zambians live on less than $1 per day.
- The exchange rate is 7.5 Zambian kwacha to 1 US dollar.
- The main export is copper.
- The main crop is corn.
- Average life expectancy in Zambia is 40 years.
- 14% of adults are HIV positive.
- There is a shortage of doctors. Zambia has 1 doctor for 14,000 people. Compare that to the U.S., which has 1 doctor for 400 people.
- Soccer is the favorite sport.
- Chipolopolo is the national soccer team.
- Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations tournament for the first time in February 2012 in Gabon. The penalty shoot-out with Ivory Coast in the final game is on YouTube.
- This win is significant because in 1993 the entire national team was killed in plane crash in Gabon.
- The staple food, called nshima, is eaten 3 times per day.
- Nshima is prepared from mealie-meal, which is ground corn kernels.
- Relish (cabbage, beans, or spinach) or side dish is eaten with the nshima.
- Chicken is the most readily available meat.
- The seasons are opposite of the U.S. because Zambia is south of the Equator.
- The 3 main seasons:
- Hot season = September to November (high of 100 degrees F)
- Rainy season = December to April (usually rains every day)
- Cold season = May to August (low of 45 degrees F at night)
- Victoria Falls
- 1 of 7 Natural Wonders of the World
- 2 times higher than Niagara Falls and 3 times wider
- Amount of water flow depend on season
- Lunar Rainbow during full moon
- Game Parks
- 19 National Parks in Zambia
- Safari drive to view the Big 5 animals: elephant, lion, leopard, water buffalo, and rhino
- 73 different people groups in Zambia
- 4 most common people groups:
- North = Bemba
- West = Lozi
- East = Chewa
- South = Tonga
- English is the official language of Zambia.
- The local language for the Southern Province is Chitonga.
- “Mwabuka buti” = Good Morning. How are you?
- “Kabotu” = I am fine.
- “Twalumba” = Thank you.
- Basic School = grades 1 to 9
- High School = grades 10 to 12
- Boarding schools are popular
- British System = 3 months on; 1 month off
- April, August, and December are vacation months
- College = University of Zambia (UNZA)