Michael Sata, Zambia’s president, recently passed away due to an illness. The country’s vice president, Guy Scott (image), is going to be the acting president until elections are held later this year. Scott’s parents had moved from the United Kingdom to work in Zambia, and Scott was born in Zambia. He is the country’s first white president since it got its independence from the United Kingdom 50 years ago.
Zambia is a landlocked country surrounded by 8 neighbors. Lusaka is its capital city. The country is said to have over 70 languages, though some may be considered to be dialects. A couple of the languages spoken are Bemba and Nyanja. Victoria Falls (image), considered to be the largest curtain of falling water in the world, is located between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It’s about 1.7 km (1 mile) wide and 108 meters (360 feet) high. The local people call the falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – “the smoke that thunders”, since the falling water makes a very loud sound and the spray from the water rises very high above the falls and looks like smoke.
Image Credits: John Walker for Victoria Falls’ image, Amanda Lucidon / White House for Scott’s image
Sources: CNN, CIA World Factbook, http://whc.unesco.org/, www.zambiatourism.com