DescriptionGermany took control of the area which it called South West Africa in the late 1800s.
Namibia is a country on the south-west coast of Africa. It is one of the driest and most sparsely populated countries on earth.
The discovery of diamonds in 1908 prompted an influx of Europeans.
South Africa seized it during the First World War and administered it under a League of Nations mandate. It is the only African country where German is spoken outside of its native country. In 2004 - Germany offers formal apology for colonial-era killings of tens of thousands of ethnic Hereros of which 60,000 where killed.
Namibians achieved independence in 1990 after a bush war of almost 25 years. Inter-racial reconciliation encouraged the country's white people to remain and they still play a major role in farming and other economic sectors.