Daniil Shukhman

Russian View Publisher

It is disturbing and embarrassing, if you will, for me to discuss about Africa, like to visit it at some time. The vivid impressions and interesting acquaintances, deep emotions, memories and experience obtained in numerous trips to Africa are paltry compared to the mystery and infinity of this dramatic and self-sufficient continent.

My Africa is a child’s kaleidoscope through which I look and find thousands of colors and figures. They create a unique and alluring picture of a huge territory: from Dakar to Madagascar, from Algeria to Cape Town, over the green Rwandan slopes of Kigali, calm on Lake Malawi, muddy waters of the Congo River and the red streets of Ouagadougou.

Fifty-four states as members of the same family, born of the same mother and different fathers, have similarities that are close to each other, but very different and argue, compete, and fight. Borders, languages, currencies and natural resources are all the subject of competition and rivalry.

In this issue, RV will talk about one of the senior African sisters — Angola. About the country, where the languages ​​of Bantu, Bakongo, Bam-Bundu, Ovimbundu, Valuchazi and many others are spoken, but prefer Portuguese. About the country once became a supplier of slaves to the Old and New Worlds, and in fact — gave impetus to the modernization of these countries. About the country, whose modern borders were determined only in the XIX – early XX centuries — during the partition of Africa between Portugal, Great Britain, Germany, France and Belgium.

Impressions about the continent are bright and unpredictable. On the political map of the world, Angola appeared in November 1975, and Luanda, which became the capital of a new state, has been known since 1575. According to the Julian calendar — African astrologers were not too lazy to count — this year began on Saturday. In their view, that was a good day to start and develop a new business. Anyway, today Angola is one of the leading economies in Africa. Leading Russian companies are interested in the country rich in diamonds and oil. In Moscow, Joao Lawrence, a newly elected Angolan president, is expected to visit, whose record includes such a detail: a graduate of the Lenin Military-Political Academy.

So, Africa is a subtle and delicate thing. But there is an African Proverb that might help us understand it: “Running water can never jump over a hole in the ground.”

Enjoy your reading.