Zimbabwe ( /zɪmˈbɑːbweɪ/ zim-BAHB-we; officially the Republic of Zimbabwe and formerly Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia, the Republic of Rhodesia, and Zimbabwe Rhodesia) is a landlocked country located in the southern part of the African continent, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by South Africa to the south,Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. Zimbabwe has three official languages:English, Shona (the Bantu language with the most native speakers), and Ndebele(also a Bantu language).
Zimbabwe began as the British crown colony of Southern Rhodesia, created from land held by the British South Africa Company. President Robert Mugabe is the head of State and Commander in Chief of the armed forces. Morgan Tsvangirai is thePrime Minister. Mugabe has been in power since the country’s internationally-recognised independence in 1980.