Black nationalist groups such as The Black Panthers, made Great Zimbabwe an important symbol of success by black Africans. Black Africans used Great Zimbabwe as a political tool by reclaiming the history and a majority rule in the country. In 1980 the Independent country was named after this great site. The new flag also includes the famous soapstone bird carvings that are found on the current and old Rhodesian flags.
In 1905, a British Archaeologist concluded that the ruins were medieval, and build by the African people found locally. This has been confirmed by a number of archaeologists since. Zimbabwe means ‘big stone houses’ or ‘venerated houses’ in the local Shona language. Even the local people are doubtful of their forbears ability to build such a wondrous place. This adds to the mystery and some say it was built by demons or aliens.
We can now confidently say that it was a hub of great wealth, prestige and power at its time.