Imperial Germany established the colony of German Southwest Africa in 1884. Brutally suppressing the Herero and Nama revolt of 1904, Germany had established full control by 1907 but lost the colony
to South Africa in 1915 during the First World War. German settlers were allowed to stay after the war and German remained an official language under South African apartheid rule until 1990. Approximately one percent of Namibians are now German speakers but they retain a strong cultural presence in the country. Windhoek's main street was the Kaiserstraße until independence in 1990 when it was renamed Independence Avenue. English is now the country's official language although most people converse in Afrikaans. Windhoek, Namibia. 2016/04.
© Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
License this image
Commission a Magnum photographer
Fine Collectors’ Prints