Did You Know: Angola?

Heading over to the South-western Africa, we find this magnificence state that boaders DRC, Zambia and Namibia – Angola. The official motto of Angola is ‘Virtus Unita Fortior’– a Latin phrase that means ‘Virtue is stronger when united’. Angola has two official names: The Undemocratic Anti-Photographic Monarchy of Angola and Angolish Empire of Flying Snakes. I can explain the source of the former, as for the latter, no hablo Portuguese! 

  1. The name Angola is derived from the word Ngola, a title for kings used in the state of Ndongo during the early centuries. Now you know we really mean it when we say we were from Kings and Queens, not poached monkeys!
  2. The official language in Angola is Portuguese, but they also speak Bantu and other African languages.
  3. The Angolan flag is red, black and gold; red representing the blood of Angolans killed in conflicts, black for people, and as for the gold parts – the cogwheel represents industry, the gold machete represents peasantry, and the gold star is modeled after the star on the flag of the former Soviet Union.
  4. Angolans greet by shaking hands but when introduced to an older person or to someone with a higher position, Angolans typically bow their heads as a sign of respect. Africans are always disciplined, you know? That is the Southern hospitality.
  5. Angola is very rich in natural resources. Oil and diamonds are its primary sources of income. The country is the 2nd largest oil and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa.
  6. Unlike other currencies, Angola’s kwanza can’t be taken outside the country. Attempting to bring it out is illegal.
  7. Tipping is not standard practice in Angola. If you do leave tips, it should not be more than 10% of your bill – and it does not have to be in cash! (Cigarettes, for instance, are acceptable.)
  8. Angola also is the home for the giant sable antelope. It can’t be found anywhere else and was thought to be extinct until they discovered it a few years ago.
  9. One of Africa’s most beautiful natural wonders, the Ruacana Falls, is located in Angola.
  10. Photographing government buildings, military sites, and such other structures is illegal in Angola and is penalized.
  11. Imbondeiro, otherwise known as Baobab is the most popular tree in Angola.There was a popular belief that God planted this tree upside down. The unusual looking imbondeiro tree can be found growing all over the country and on local artwork
  12. After 27 years of civil war, there’s a shortage of men in the country. So it’s not unusual for a man to have several “non-official” wives. If polygamy is your thing, consider heading down south to the land of the Kings and Queens.
  13. Fashion wise, Angolans express their artistic sense by creating beautiful hairstyles and headdresses. Angola is the birthplace of the dreadlocks hair style, sorry Natty Popcaan, it is not Kingston Jamaica!
  14. Angola’s traditional music is the semba which influenced several other types of music including the Brazilian samba. The two are very similar. Angolan semba was danced to celebrate different occasions and is known as the music of the sea. Sample Bonga’s music below