African Nation Issues Durga Stamp On Eve Of Festivities In India

African Nation Issues Durga Stamp On Eve Of Festivities In India

Adorned with special features like velvet effect and Swarovski element, the limited edition collectors’ stamp was launched by Sao Tome and Principe, an African Island country near the Equator, said numismatist Alok Goyal who has the sole selling rights for the stamps.

The stamp, having a face value of 86,000 Dobra, currency unit of the Portuguese-speaking country, shows a picture of ‘Sherawali Maa’ sitting atop a tiger.

Only 1500 pieces of this stamp have been issued internationally of which 1000 will be available for the Indian market and rest will be used by the issuing country, Goyal said.

West Bengal’s biggest festival Durga Puja, which begins from October 20, is a four-day melange of festivities, celebration and devotion.

Sao Tome and Principe: Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands’ sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century – all grown with African plantation slave labor, a form of which lingered into the 20th century. While independence was achieved in 1975, democratic reforms were not instituted until the late 1980s. The country held its first free elections in 1991, but frequent internal wrangling between the various political parties precipitated repeated changes in leadership and two failed coup attempts in 1995 and 2003. In 2012, three opposition parties combined in a no confidence vote to bring down the majority government of former Prime Minister Patrice TROVOADA. The new government of Prime Minister Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira DA COSTA is entirely composed of opposition party members with limited experience in governance. New oil discoveries in the Gulf of Guinea may attract increased attention to the small island nation.



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