Humans of Nipissing U- James
“Namibia [is my favourite country]. I was there to help them get their independence when they broke away from South Africa, so they wanted to have elections. They’ve never had elections before. So, free and fair elections. They set up their government in the same style like the British or Canada’s type of government, where they have a Parliamentary system and oppositions and everything – [they] never had [that] before. You had to go out and collect these people from the middle of nowhere, from way up at the Etosha Pan, the north end of the country or in the southern end of the country. Go to the remote areas and bringing them in so they can literally – they didn’t even have to sign their name – give them a fingerprint or something or say their name, just so they could vote. But, yeah for sure, that country has so much going for it when it comes to prosperity and stuff in the future. If you look it up, I mean they have a desert, they have beaches, they have gold mines, they have diamond mines. They have all these things in this country. It’s such a nation that has been there forever, but used to be called Southwest Africa and they were owned by South Africa. When they broke away, they became their own country. They’re 26 or 27 years old now, you know. 1989. They’re in their infancy when it comes to that. So if you were there to watch the development or the start up or be a part of that, I think that, what else can you ask for, you know what I mean? To be a part of a country that is just starting out. That was the good part of it. And the people are super kind, they’re like so nice. Really good country. I like it.”
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