Angola

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Repubilika ya Ngola in Kimbundu and Kingola is special. Not many countries have colonial sons who rose against their own oppressive folk to fight for freedom. The life of Antonion Jacinto, a poet and politician tells a strong story of what it means to express oneself in spite of the odds. The online encyclopædia Britanica tells us that : "António Jacinto pseudonym of  Orlando Tavora (born Sept. 28, 1924, São Paulo de Luanda, Portuguese West Africa [now Luanda, Angola]—died June 23, 1991, Lisbon, Port.), white Angolan poet, short-story writer, and cabinet minister in his country’s first postwar government. The son of Portuguese settlers in Angola, Jacinto became associated with militant movements against Portuguese colonial rule and was arrested in 1961. He was sent to São Paulo Prison in Luanda and then served 14 years in the notorious prison camp at Tarrafal in the Cape Verde Islands. His first poetry anthologies were published during this time, and, after Angola gained independence (1975), he joined in the government of Agostinho Neto, leader of the Marxist-oriented Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola. Jacinto helped oversee educational reforms and cultural activities.

Jacinto’s poetry addresses the oppression of the Angolan peoples at the hands of the Portuguese. Many of his poems were turned into songs that became part of the folklore of newly independent Angola. Since the publication of Colectãnea de Poemas in 1961, his poetry has appeared in virtually all anthologies of Lusophone African literature. His book Sobrevivir em Tarrafal de Santiago (1982; “Surviving in Tarrafal de Santiago”) recounts his harsh imprisonment in the Cape Verde Islands."

Repubilika ya Ngola is bordered by DRC to the North, Namibia to the south and Zambia to the east. It has a western coast on the Atlantic Ocean. Angola has vast mineral reources and petroleum too. Luanda is the capital of Angola. Angola has an exclave province known as Cambinda and it shares borders with the two Congos. Formerly a Portuguese colony Angola has had a tumultous past but it is now mainly a silent success story. A long war of liberation in the seventies did not end with Angola's independence in 1975. Civil war went on upto 2002. Angola has wealth and her economy grows well but the country’s management of the economy so that the poor benefit remains challenged not sorely because of the Angolans. International interests remain the threat of any country that has mineral resources unless great sagacity is exercised. The literacy rate in Angola is 42%.

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