Celebrate Independence: 10 Interesting Facts About Mozambique
The name “Mozambique” is thought to come from the Swahili Musa al Big, the name of an Arab sheikh who lived on the northern Ilha de Moçambique when the Portuguese arrived in the area.
The Meaning of The Flag
On the Mozambique flag is a yellow star overlaid with a book, symbolizing education; a hoe, symbolizing agriculture; and a rifle, for defense and vigilance.
Mozambique’s dance customs have influenced pop culture. In 2011, superstar Beyoncé flew a group of Tofu dancers from Mozambique to the U.S. to teach her dance team their unique moves.
Pan-Africanism and the independence movement helped to form the liberation party, Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO), made up of anti-colonial political groups. Leaders of the independence movement used cultural solidarity to gain support from the common people, which made them successful in the fight against colonialism.
Some of the scenes from the 2006 movie Blood Diamond were shot in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.
Mozambican-born athlete Eusebio — also known as the “Black Panther” — was one of the 20th century’s most popular footballers, joining Diego Armando Maradona of Argentina and Brazil’s Pele.
It Holds a Rare Olympic Record
Maria de Lurdes Mutola was nicknamed the “The Maputo Express,” a moniker that refers to her birthplace and domination in track and field as the fourth athlete to compete in six Olympic Games.
Some of Frelimo’s leading figures, including Marcelino dos Santos and Sérgio Vieira, wrote poetry and encouraged poetic expression as a form of resistance.
Mozambique’s coastline is home to five of seven endangered species of sea turtles.
The CFM railway station in Mozambique is considered one of the most beautiful in the world, according to travelandleisure.com