Multiple waves of Bantu-speaking groups moved into and through what is now Zambia over the past thousand years. In the 1880s, the British began securing mineral and other economic concessions from various local leaders and the territory eventually became known as Northern Rhodesia. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964.
Tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April)
Bemba 21%, Tonga 13.6%, Chewa 7.4%, Lozi 5.7%, Nsenga 5.3%, Tumbuka 4.4%, Ngoni 4%, Lala 3.1%, Kaonde 2.9%, Namwanga 2.8%, Lunda (north Western) 2.6%, Mambwe 2.5%, Luvale 2.2%, Lamba 2.1%, Ushi 1.9%, Lenje 1.6%, Bisa 1.6%, Mbunda 1.2%
Beckoning someone with one's index finger is considered very rude, as it is usually reserved for animals.
Nshima — a dough-like porridge made from ground maize used to scoop up side dishes (ndiwo) such as soups, stews, sauces, or relishes
Lower middle-income Sub-Saharan economy; major copper exporter; one of youngest and fastest growing labor forces; regional hydroelectricity exporter