Lesotho Independence Day
Oct 04, 2020 01:01PM
By Oga Africa
Happy Independence Day, Lesotho! Today, October 4th, 1966, this Southern African country gained independence from the British. We are celebrating by highlighting 10 unique facts about Lesotho. Let’s jump right in!
- The country’s population, last recorded at 2.2 million by the BBC, is composed mostly of the Sotho or Bathoso tribe, who are referred to as the Blanket People for the vibrant wool blankets they don.
(Basotho women at a parade)
(A San elder)
4. Lesotho’s terrain is very mountainous, with two thirds of the country consisting of mountainous landscapes. In some parts of the country, snow falls at different times of the year.
5. Prior to gaining independence, as a British protectorate, the country was known as Basutoland.
6. Poverty is an overwhelming issue in Lesotho. In 2019, the World Bank reported that 75% of the population were “poor or vulnerable to poverty”.
(A Lesothan community)
7. The country is rich in clay, diamonds and sandstones. It also has a breadth of water supply in the mountain areas.
(Letseng Diamond Mine in Lesotho)
8. Moeketsi Majoro Thomas took over as the Prime Minister of Lesotho in May 2020, after former Prime Minister Tom Thabane was accused of aiding in the killing of his ex-wife and resigned.
(Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro Thomas)
9. Pap or Pap-pap is a cornmeal porridge popular in Lesotho. It is usually paired with a hearty vegetable soup or greens.
(Pap with Chicken Liver)
10. Lesotho imports over 80% of their goods from South Africa. The country is surrounded by South Africa on all sides.
(Lesotho in green and South Africa in orange)
Thanks for celebrating Lesotho with us. What African country have you always wanted to visit? Comment below!