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by Mark Sensen
Explanation of Ovambo's flag
Ovambo was the first of the "Homelands" in South West Africa to acquire
its own symbols of sovereignty. A mace for the Legislative Council, arms
and flag were subsequently formally adopted.
The design of the flag of Ovambo is set out in section 2 of the Ovambo
Flag Act, 1973 which reads as follows:
"The Ovambo Flag shall be a flag consisting of three horizontal stripes
of equal width from top to bottom of blue, white and olive-green, on which
there shall appear, in the centre of the white stripe, seven vertical olive-green
staves of equal measurement symmetrically arranged.
The width of the Ovambo flag shall be equal to two-thirds of its length.
The width of each vertical stave shall be equal to one-twentieth of the
length of the flag.
The distance between the vertical stave mutually and between the vertical
staves and the blue and olive-green stripes shall be equal to half the
width of the stave".
The blue in the flag is said the represent the infinity of the sky,
the white stands for peace and the green for agriculture. There are seven Ovambo tribes: the Kwanyma, Ndonga, Kwambi, Ngandjera, Mbalantu, Kwaluudi
and Kolonkathi-Eunda - hence the seven staves in the flag.
Ovambo was re-incorporated into Namibia at independence on 21 March
1990 and as such this flag is no longer in use.
Bruce Berry, 25 November 1998