Women and Adversity:
Prime Minister of Namibia
It’s possible most Americans haven’t heard of Namibia, officially Republic of Namibia. It is a country of nearly 319 square miles in western Africa bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west, Angola to the north, Botswana to the east, Zambia to the northeast, and South Africa to the southeast and south. It has a varied terrain from deserts, mountains, canyons and savannas. English is the national language, but only three percent of the 2.53 million people speak it. The country’s name comes from Namib desert, the oldest desert in the world. Before its independence in 1990, Namibia was known as German South-West Africa then as South West Africa.
Saara Kuugongelwa (pronounced Sore⸍ a COO gon go lah-a ma DEE lah) assumed office of prime minister, the first woman to hold that office, March 21, 2015. She is highly respected and works to better her country, especially for women, who suffer discrimination and exclusion. Namibian Women’s Day aims to give women a louder voice in their society.
Born October 12, 1967 in Okahao, Omusati, Namibia when it was named South West Africa
1980 — went into exile with South West Africa People’s Organization. She was 13
1982-84 — attended Koidu Girls Secondary School, Sierra Leone
1984-87 — attended St. Joseph Secondary School, Sierra Leone
1991-94 — earned a master of science degree in economics from historically
Black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania; given honorary doctorate
1995-2003 — Director General, National Planning Commission
2003-2015 — Minister of Finance
2015- present — prime minister
Recognize women’s rights as human rights
Married to Tobias Onesmus Amadhila, a businessman, suspected of irregularities in his business dealings.
(Some publications have it Onesmus Tobias Amadhila.)
Learn more about Saara Kuugongelwa:
Saara Kuugongelwa Biography – Current Prime Minister of Namibia | Pantheon
Human Rights Day / Women’s Day 2023, 2024 and 2025 in Namibia – PublicHolidays.africa
My ebooks available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com:
Honoring 23 Black Women, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists