Loud And Proud

Loud And Proud

As most of us know,there is quite a lot of inspirational things about Namibia.Ranging from the Big Five, Diverse Cultures to our Hollywood Connections but as a Namibian citizen what inspires me the most is our National Anthem, which goes hand in hand with the National Flag. I strongly believe that compared to other countries in the world ours is the most captivating of them all as it speaks about our journey to Freedom. My name is Alma Iyambo and this is my story

NAMIBIA LAND OF THE BRAVE

This refers to the Namibian people, their heroism and their determination to build a future of equal opportunity for all. Some of these brave people are unfortunately no longer amongst us (GOD keep resting their souls) but there are still those that are alive to this day,A good example being The Founding Father Tate Samuel Shafiishuna Nujoma.A revolutionary, anti-apartheid activist and politician who served three terms as the first President of Namibia (1990-2005). He played an important role as leader of the national liberation movement in campaigning for Namibia’s independence from South African rule. He established the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) in 1962 and launched a guerrilla war against the apartheid government of South Africa in 1966.Nujoma led SWAPO during the lengthy Namibian War of Independence

FREEDOM FIGHT WE HAVE WON

This speaks about the liberation struggle we as a country endured,think about Cassinga Massacre of 1978.The road to freedom was long and it was not easy but it was worth it in the end because we fought and won a bush war which began in 1966 at Omugulugwombashe when South African forces launched a 23 year war against SWAPO of Namibia.The end of this war saw us gaining our democracy from colonialism, apartheid and so fourth in 1990 with SWAPO winning elections

GLORY TO THEIR BRAVERY

We give praise to our mothers and fathers who are our pillars of strength because of the sacrifices they made in order for our country to be declared free .Remember the brave Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda. A Namibian woman of Herero descent who was the only female among the casualties of the Old Location uprising in Windhoek on 10 December 1959. On that fateful day her only son was shot dead and this ofcourse enraged her so much that she ran towards the car of a high-ranking administrator, poured petrol over it, and set it alight.She was shot dead during or immediately after this action. We honor such bravery by erecting historical monuments such as Heroes Acre in Windhoek where we lay to rest and pay tribute to our fallen icons

WHOSE BLOOD WATERS OUR FREEDOM

The blood of our people is our country’s blanket of peace, unity, tranquility and harmony and it is therefore represented by the color white on our National flag. The blood of heroes such as Samuel Maharero who was a Paramount Chief of the Herero people in German South West Africa (today Namibia ) during their revolts and in connection with the events surrounding the Herero genocide

WE GIVE OUR LOVE AND LOYALTY

We show our endless love,support and appreciation to everyone who made our freedom possible. Thus we have Heroes Day which is celebrated every year on the 26th August in an effort to never forget the sacrifices and efforts of all the proud Namibians who fought for freedom and self-determination.Heroes such as the late Tatekulu Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo who was a Namibian anti- apartheid activist, politician and political prisoner . He was active in the pre-independence movement, and is one of the co-founders of the South West African People’s Organisation(SWAPO) in 1960, and its predecessor OPO(Ovamboland People’s Organization) in 1959

TOGETHER IN UNITY

And we do all this together as one voice in one Namibia

CONTRASTING BEAUTIFUL NAMIBIA

Is the beautiful landscape with its rich and abundant fauna & flora. Looking at the color blue on the Namibian flag which reflects the Namibian sky, the Atlantic Ocean, our marine resources and the importance of water and rain

NAMIBIA OUR COUNTRY

We acknowledge this wonderful African country as being ours and we reminisce each year the day it became independent from South African mandate in 1990 March 21.Thus the yellow sun on the National flag denotes power and our existence

BELOVED LAND OF SAVANNAHS

This speaks of our flourishing ecosystems with all their living and non-living organisms represented by the color green which symbolizes vegetation and agricultural resources

HOLD HIGH THE BANNER OF LIBERTY

We raise our National Coat Of Arms as it represents us as a country. It is the official emblem of the Government Service and is therefore depicted on official stationery used by public servants. We hold this banner high not only because our National flag is reproduced on its shield but also to show of The African Fish Eagle as being a symbol of the farsightedness of our country’s leaders, The Oryx for our courage, elegance and pride, The Welwitschia Mirabilis is a fighter for survival and is therefore a symbol of our nation’s fortitude and tenacity, The headband refers to our traditions and the diamond shapes to our natural resources, Lastly the motto “Unity, Liberty, Justice” enshrines the key principles embodied in our country’s Constitution

NAMIBIA OUR COUNTRY

Namibia is our pride, our country and here we have a sense of belonging

NAMIBIA MOTHERLAND

This country is home to our ancestors such as Hendrik Witbooi a chief of theǀKhowesin people, who is regarded as one of the national heroes of Namibia and whose face is portrayed on the obverse of all N$50, N$100 and N$200 banknotes. Namibia is home to us & the future generation. And as the saying goes, “Home is where the heart is” Namibia is where our hearts are

WE LOVE THEE

In plain simple words, We love you Namibia

by Alma Iyambo

 

 

 

 

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