Namibia (with its capital at Windhoek) became independent from racist South Africa in 1990 after a long and bloody struggle for independence waged by SWAPO against the forces of racist South Africa.
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the west , Angola and Zambia in the north, Botswana to the east and the Republic of South Africa in the south and east the landscape is dominated by the Namib desert.
The country, once rich in cattle, is now home to the mining of many valuable minerals(gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, etc.). One of the least populated countries of the world, its population of slightly over two and a quarter million is composed largely of 11 native ethnic groups, namely: the Ovambo (constituting over 50% of the population), the Herero (a group nearly exterminated by German ambitions of supremacy), the Himba (whose scantily clad women cover themselves with red mud), the Nama (a group that was also decimated by theGermans), the Tswana, the Basters, the Damara, the Coloureds, the Kavango, the Khoi Khoi, and the !Kung.
It also has small but influential European and Asian populations. The Foundation is interested in all of these groups, but particularly in the Ovambo sports of ompembe (jumping over adversaries) and ongandeka (slap boxing).