The Republic of Zimbabwe, a land locked country in Southern Africa. It is a relatively new country with 16 official languages.
The land has a long and unfortunate history and was the area that saw the worst of the British system of colonization. In 1890 a British Trading Company owned by Cecil Rhodes walked onto the land and said, ‘this is mine now – I don’t care if people have been here for thousands of years, we now claim it.’ The Rhodes company ‘owned’ the land until 1923 when it officially became a British Colony called ‘South Rhodesia’. The British ruled the colony until 1965 when a right wing ultra conservative white minority unilaterally declared independence as ‘Rhodesia’. International condemnation and a 15 year gorilla war ensued. Finally in 1980 the ‘new’ country of Zimbabwe was formed.
The flag is 7 horizontal stripes of green, gold, red and black with a white triangle containing a red 5 pointed star with a Zimbabwe bird. It was officially adopted in 1980. The basic design follows the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front flag.
The bird represents a statuette of a bird found at the ruins of the Great Zimbabwe. It is most likely a Bateleur Eagle.
The Zimbabwe flag was the first African flag I added to my collection many years ago. It is an excellent example of a good flag.