Coat of Arms
The Coat of Arms symbolizes much of the way of life of Zambia and it was adopted on 24th October, 1964 at the time of Zambia’s political independence. It is adapted from the arms of the Colony of Northern Rhodesia which dates back to 1927. The symbols on the coat of arms include: the African fish eagle, Pick and hoe, shield, Victoria Falls, Man and Woman, Maize Cob, Mine Shaft-Head, and Zebra and National Motto (One Zambia, One Nation).
African Fish Eagle
The African Fish Eagle which is also known as the Eagle of liberty represents the people’s ability to rise above every problem they may encounter. The eagle is a symbol of Zambia’s freedom
Pick and hoe
This represents the country’s economic backbone. Agriculture and Mining are among the sectors that have contributed to Zambia’s evolution.
The shield is a symbol of the Victoria Falls with white water cascading over black rock.
The falls represents the Zambezi River from which the name Zambia is derived. The Falls is now a World heritage declared by UNESCO. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Man and Woman
The man and woman symbolises the Zambian family. The man is dressed in bush khaki shirt and shorts representing the clothes of a worker before independence and the woman is in traditional dress. The height of both genders is the same depicting equality.
Maize Cob, Mine shaft-head and Zebra
The maize cob, the mine shaft-head and the Zebra imposed on the national colour, green, symbolise the natural resources, agriculture, minerals, game and the land.
The country’s motto is “One Zambia, One Nation,” emphasises the need for unity in the country of over 72 ethnic groups.