Fifty plus One: I vote for Zambia

The year was 1964; multitudes had gathered in the stadium to usher in a new dawn typified by jubilation. These celebrations could easily have been misconstrued for New Year celebrations; except that it was not January but the 23rd of October. The place was Independence Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia just before midnight. At the stroke of midnight, the union jack flag was lowered and the Zambian flag raised. The crowd went into a frenzy breaking into songs and dance as joy oozed in the atmosphere. Northern Rhodesia had fizzled away giving birth to Zambia; marking a bright dawn, translated as “Kwacha Ngwee” in Nyanja, the local language. Today, Zambians, most of whom were born after 1964, vicariously rel...

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