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Snapshot of Botswana – Botswana’s official language is English, but Setswana is also used commonly throughout the country. Botswana has a much higher literacy rate than many other African nations. A majority of the population get their livelihood from agriculture, but the country has generally enjoyed economic growth thanks to mining and tourism becoming more important. About 70% of Botswana’s population is Christian, most of whom are Anglicans, Methodists or of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa. About 20% of Batswana have no religious affiliation whatsoever. Setswana culture is very dominant in the country; this includes tswana folk music, basket weaving and other forms of visual art. Soccer and cricket are both very popular sports in the country. Botswana has very unique food, including seswaa, a traditional meat dish where the meat (usually beef, goat, or lamb) is boiled with salt and then shredded or pounded and served with Pap (a ball of cooked maize flour). Chicken is also popular, as well as corn-based porridge (bogobe) and Samp. Mopane worms are also eaten in more rural areas. The book series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency takes place in Botswana and also provides many additional insights into the local culture.
Snapshot of Namibia (part of Botswana Mission)
While English is Namibia’s official language, many other languages are spoken within the country. Oshiwambo is spoken by many in the north, while Khoekhoe, Kwangali, and Herero are also spoken in different areas. The country’s white population primarily speak Afrikaans and German. Over 80% of Namibia’s population is Christian, with the Lutheran church being the country’s most popular denomination. Soccer is Namibia’s most popular sport, though rugby and cricket are also popular. Traditional folk music and dancing are often performed at special events such as weddings and festivals, or to accompany storytelling. Music styles such as kwaito, R&B, hip hop, and reggae are quite popular and influential, especially among the youth. Namibian cuisine is influenced by indigenous cultures and colonial European cultures. Pap (a cornmeal porridge) is a common food staple in Namibian meals, and outdoor meat barbecues are also popular. Seafood is also eaten in the coastal regions, and dishes such as German wiener schnitzel are popular among white Namibians.
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