The Ovimbundu of Angola and Angola Itself
Mihelich, Jon Patrick
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It is important for people, especially Americans, to study Africa; it is the national interest as Americans to understand African politics. Africa is not powerful but it does have a lot of different countries, which is one reason to study this continent. Africa is also a continent of diverseness, over 2000 different ethnic groups are found in Africa. Out of these various groups, the Ovimbundu of Angola emerge as one of the most fascinating groups to be found and are a must to be studied. The Ovimbundu of Angola have played a dominant factor in the history of Angola since their emergence. They were years ahead of other groups when it came to their socio-economic system during the pre-colonial period. They became one of the most Portuguese-influenced people during colinization of Angola, due to the majority of them being "assimilated" into the tradition of the Portuguese, their colonizers. On the road to independence, they became a powerful political party fighting for independence of Angola and later fighting for the control of their country. From this description, one can see that the Ovimbundu are a unique group of people, and it is a must to understand them in order to help understand Angola, as well as Africa, as a whole. In order to understand the Ovimbundu better, three main categories have been made: (1) Pre-Colonial, (2) Colonial, (3) Post-Colonial/Independence. These three categories represent the three periods of African history; before the colonization by European countries, during the colonization of those countries, and after the colonization and on the road to independence.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.
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