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THE PROVINCE OF BE

Kuito is the capital city of the province of Bi, which has nine municipalities: Kuito, Cunhinga, Andulo, Nhanrea, Chinguar, Chitembo, Catabola, Camacupa and Cuemba.

Bi is a vast plain with an area of 70,314 km2, in the shape of a heart, in the geographical centre of Angola, in the municipality of Kamacupa, where the colonial power set up a statue of Christ the King.

To the north, the province is flanked by Malanje; to the north-east, Lunda Sul; to the east, Moxico; to the south-west, Hula; to the east, Huambo; to the north-west, Kwanza Sul and to the south, the province of Kuando Kubango. The main economic activity is agriculture.

Climate
The average temperature is 21C. The climate is tropical, with two seasons: the rainy season and the dewy season. The dewy season is cold, with moderate temperatures between May and September, while the rainy season is longer, normally beginning at the end of September and finishing at the beginning of May. The rain is usually associated with thunderstorms.
 

Useful Information
Police:
Tel.: (048) 70191
Fire and ambulance:
Tel.: (048) 70059
Hospital: Tel.: (048) 70618
Angola Telecom:
Tel.: (048) 70604

How to get There
By road:
There are five road entrances to Bi, from the provinces of Huambo, Malanje, Kwanza Sul, Kuando Kubango and Moxico. However, these roads are in a bad state of conservation, currently beibng repaired.

By air: Airlines such as TAAG and Sal fly to the Aeroporto Joaquim Kapango in Kuito. There are also aerodromes in the municipalities of Andulo, Nhanrea, Kuemba, Chitembo and Kamacupa.

 

Ethnic-Linguistic Group
There are six groups in the province, distributed as follows: Ovimbundu - which is comprised by the majority of the population, in the municipalities of Andulo, Chinguar, Kuito, Katabola, Kamaeupa, Kunhinga and Nhanrea. Cokwes - in the munieipality of Kuemba.

The Nganguelas and Luindis in the municipality of Chitembo, and the Songos, Ngoias in the north of Andulo.

 
 


Customs and habits

The clothes and hairstyles have an important role in the region, because they have been used since ancient times. The most typieal clothes are the Olunjita, used as shoes by the men; to prateet the lower part of the body for both sexes, the bark of trees was prepared, leaving the trunks bare. With the practice of hunting and the forced sending of the men to work as labourers in the 1950s, after they came back, some traditions slowly lost their character.

Nature Reserves
Reserva Florestal da Umpulo (Umpulo Forest Reserve): The Rivers Cuine, Kwanza and Chimandianga run along the northern, southern, eastern and western flanks of this reserve, which has an area of 4,500 km2.

Cultural tourism
Fortresses
As a result of the armed conflict, which affected this province so greatly, the Forte de Nhanrea was destroyed. Only the Forte de Silva Porto, and the Forte de Munhango are left and are in a state of disrepair.

Historic Sites
Some of the famous historic sites are the paleolithic cave, the Cave of Rainha Chiconde, Soba da Jamba, Kuquema historic sites, and the tribal chiefs' houses (embala) at Belmonte, Kangote and Chimbango. Regarding the architectural sites, there is the Pouca Vergonha Garden, the tribal chief's house at Belmonte, Nossa Senhora de Assuno, on Mount Chiombango, The Christ the King Centre (centro Cristo Rei), the Evangelical Mission and the Catholic Mission at Jamba.

Gastronomy
The gastronomy of the peoples of Bi is special to the region. The main dishes are: Piro de milho (Com porridge), or Bomb (Mandioc porridge) with any type of meat, river fish or beans.

As for drinks, there is the digestive firewater, owalende de cana-de-acar (sugar cane spirit), or spirit of sweet potato, grilled sweet com, mango, banana or wild fruits.

Capital: Kuito; Area: 70.314 sq. Km; Population: 790.000 inhab.; City Councils: 9 Kuito, Andulo, Nharea, Cuemba, Cunhinga, Catabola, Camacupa, Chinguar, Chitembo; Climate: Tropical of altitude; Main Products: agricultural: citrines, rice, beans, corn, sisal, banana, gardening, coffee; minerals: kaolin, iron, manganese, radioactive minerals; Others: farming.