Why did Namibia choose English?

  • English language was chosen as a sign of liberation and independence.
  • Namibia, despite its scarce population, is home to a wide diversity of languages, from multiple language families: Indo-European, Bantu, and the various Khoisan families.
  • During apartheid Afrikaans, German and English held the position of official language; however, after independence from South Africa, Namibia's new government made English the sole official language in the constitution of Namibia.
  • German and Afrikaans were stigmatized as having colonial overtones,[1] while the rising of Mandela's Youth League and the 1951 Defiance Campaign spread English among the masses as the language of the liberation struggle.
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