end of World War I South West Africa was placed under Mandate by the
League of Nations to South Africa. The United Nations required South
Africa to prepared the territory for self-government and independence.
When South Africa refused and delayed, the United Nations terminated
the Mandate in 1966. After 14 years of further delays, and armed
resistance by the African population, the nation of Namibia gained its
independence in 1990. The stamp was issued by Zambia in 1975 to mark
"Namibia Day" that year. Note the long territorial projection at the
Northeast corner. That is the "Caprivi Strip."
Click here to learn more about the Caprivi Strip.
The stamp was issued in
1994 to celebrate the incorporation of Walvis Bay, the only natural
harbor on the Namibian coast. Although Namibia became independent in
1990, it was not until 1994 that Walvis Bay which had been controlled
by Great Britain was incorporated into the independent nation.