Spotlight on Zimbabwe
- The name Zimbabwe comes from “Dzimba dza mabwe”, which means “great houses of stone”, in the Shona language.
- The counrty has three official languages: English, Shona, and Ndebele.
- AT 2952 meters high, Mount Inyangani is the highest point in Zimbabwe.
- Zimbabwe’s adult literacy rate is approximately 90 — it is one of the highest in Africa.
- The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe are also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders”.
- There are rock paintings — or “Bushman” paintings — across Zimbabwe that date back more than 5,000 years.
- Zimbabwe gained independence on April 18, 1980.
About 50% of the population in the country comprises of Syncretics (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs), 25% are Christians and the rest follow indigenous beliefs.