Zambia is one of Africa's most urbanised countries, with over 44% of the population living in its towns and cities. Moreover, as Zambia's economy continues to grow (at one of the fastest rates in the developing world), it seems this trend will increase in years to come, with more and more impoverished rural dwellers moving to urban areas, many of which have already seen substantial development since the 1990s.
The capital Lusaka is at the core of this movement and has become one of Africa's fastest-growing cities. The steady increase of tourism throughout the country as a whole has brought further development and better tourist infrastructure to once small provincial towns like Livingstone and Chingola, as well as to commercial and industrial centres like Ndola and Kitwe.
With all this in mind, in many of Zambia's towns and cities there is a sense of restlessness and perpetual motion, complemented by an increasingly cosmopolitan mix of people, cultures and commodities from all over the country and far beyond its borders too. To overlook Zambia's urban centres is to overlook the people of Zambia.