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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers: 54gene, mPharma, Cambridge Industries, FlexFinTx, Kuda, Moringa School and Sokowatch.

Historical Flags of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe In Africa

Historical Flags of Zimbabwe In Africa

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Flag of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe with historical information including details about color and symbol meanings.
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Historical Flags of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe In Africa


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Flags of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe Africa from 1890 to the present date.


When British South Africa Company were administrators of the then Southern Rhodesia, currently Zimbabwe, they used the same flag which was used in Northern Rhodesia currently the African country of Zambia. 

Flag of the British South Africa Company 1890-1923 

In 1923, Southern Rhodesia had its own flag after the end of the British South Africa Company commission in the region. From 1970 to the time before independence, Zimbabwe was known as Rhodesia of The Republic of Rhodesia. 

The country now known as Zimbabwe was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia from 1895 to 1980. Rhodesia was used locally between 1964 until June 1979 after Northern Rhodesia obtained its independence  and then Zimbabwe Rhodesia between June and December 1979. The present design was adopted on April 18, 1980, when Zimbabwe gained its independence from the United Kingdom. 

Zimbabwe current flag consists of seven horizontal bands in the five national colors of green, yellow, red, black, white.

Meaning of Zimbabwe Flag Colors and Symbols

Flag of Zimbabwe 

The black band in the center of the flag represents the black indigenous people of Zimbabwe. The red bands are symbolic of the blood spilled during the liberation struggle, the fight for Zimbabwe independence. The yellow bands represent Zimbabwe abundant mineral wealth. The green bands on the outer edges of the flag of Zimbabwe are symbolic of the country's agriculture.

Symbols on Zimbabwe flag 

The white triangle contains the country’s national emblem, the Zimbabwe bird representing the long history of the country. The red five-point star on Zimbabwe flag symbolizes peace.


Interesting Zimbabwe fact 

Zimbabwe National anthem was adopted in 1994

Blessed Be the Land of Zimbabwe - English language
Kalibusiswe Ilizwe leZimbabwe - Northern Ndebele language
Simudzai Mureza WeZimbabwe - Shona language

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Zimbabwe takes its name from the Kingdom of Zimbabwe of the 13th-15th century and its capital of Great Zimbabwe, the largest stone structure in precolonial southern Africa.
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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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