Things to know about SADC countries in the Africa Month(Angola)

SADC Angola

Current President-Joao Lourenco

Angola is a southern African country with a population of about 29 million and is about twice as big as France. It is the second-largest oil producer in Africa, behind Nigeria. The country borders Namibia, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

History

Angola is a former colony of Portugal which lasted about four centuries. It gained independent in 1975 led by the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). This was followed by a brutal civil war which raged in the country for 27 years between MPLA, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), and the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA) the latter two supported by the US and China.

Major Languages

Angola’s languages are Portuguese (official), Umbundu, Kimbundu, Kikongo.

Religion

Major region is Christianity.

Currency

The country’s currency is Kwanza

Economy

Angola is one of the world’s fastest growing economies with a large oil producer and a member of oil cartel OPEC since 2006. Most of its oil is exported to either China or the United States. The country is also rich in diamonds, phosphate, and iron.

Corruption and mismanagement remain a drag in the economy

Angola-South Africa Relations

Angola-South Africa relations in the post-apartheid era are strong. Both the ruling parties in the two states- African National Congress (ANC) and the MPLA in Angola fought together during the Angolan Civil War and South African Border War. Nelson Mandela mediated between the MPLA and UNITA during the final years of the Angolan Civil War.

Coronavirus in Angola

Angola has 36 confirmed coronavirus cases, 11 recoveries and 2 deaths as of 08 May 2020