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Hundreds of Namibians protested against growing gender-based violence in October 2020. The Afrikaans wording on the placard says ‘We are tired’. Hildegard Titus/AFPvia Getty Images)

Why, 31 years after independence, Namibians aren’t in a festive mood

The legitimacy of SWAPO, the former liberation movement that has governed since 1990, has been eroded amid growing corruption and a deepening economic crisis.
Namibians queue to vote. Fewer and fewer cast it for the ruling party SWAPO. Photo by Gianluigi Guercia/ AFP) (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP via Getty Images)

Namibia is showing wear and tear after 30 years under SWAPO rule

The hunger, frustration and desperation of ordinary Namibians should be first on the political agenda. But this isn’t the case.
The guitar man. ‘The chords reached a crescendo as the Casspir drowned the song in its passing,’ says the photographer of taking the shot. © Photo courtesy John Liebenberg

Pop culture: restoring Namibia’s forgotten resistance music

An archive project is restoring the secret history of Namibia’s resistance music culture from the 1950s to the late 1980s – suppressed and censored during apartheid but now touring the world.
Funeral of Namibian liberation struggle hero Herman Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo at Heroes’ Acre in Windhoek. GCIS

A man called Hope: the legacy of Namibia’s Andimba Toivo ya Toivo

Namibian hero and former Robben Island prisoner Toivo ya Toivo was part of a generation who contributed to the struggles against apartheid and colonialism in the region.

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