Namibia – Windhoek

Namibia – Windhoek

South African ǀ African

Frankie Fredericks

Photo: Frankie Fredericks, former track and field athlete from Namibia who won four silver medals at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.

Namibia is a southwest African nation that shares borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. It is the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa and  was inhabited since early times by the San, Damara and Nama peoples. Around the 14th century, immigrating Bantu peoples arrived as part of the Bantu expansion. Since then, the Bantu groups, the largest being the Ovambo, have dominated the population of the country; since the late 19th century, they have constituted a majority.

The Kalahari Desert, an arid region that extends into South Africa and Botswana, is one of Namibia’s well-known geographical features. The Kalahari, while popularly known as a desert, has a variety of localized environments, including some verdant and technically non-desert areas.

Namibia – Windhoek represents samples taken from 195 unrelated Ovambos (Bantus) from Namibia.

Source publication: Allele frequencies for 15 STR loci in Ovambo population using AmpFlSTR_ Identifiler Kit, Legal Medicine 10 (2008) pp 157–159

[Population 379]