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Adolf Hitler Uunona

Namibian civil rights activist

Adolf Hitler Uunona is a Namibian civil rights activist and politician who has been serving as the councilor of the South-West Africa People’s Organization several times since 2004. He gained attention in 2020 when news sources wrote he had been named after Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

Adolf Hitler Uunona
Councilor of the SWAPO
In office
Since 2004
PresidentHage Geingob
Prime MinisterSaara Kuugongelw
Vice PresidentNangolo Mbumba
Opponent(s)Mumbala Abner
ConstituencyOmpundja constituency, Oshana Region, Republic of Namibia
Personal details
Born1966 (age 55–56)
South West Africa (now Namibia)
Citizenship Namibia
Political party SWAPO
Other political
affiliations
MPLA
OccupationPolitical activist
Known forSharing the same name as Adolf Hitler
Websitehttps://oshanarc.gov.na/ompundja
Military service
AllegiancePeople’s Liberation Army of Namibia
Battles/warsSouth African Border War

Career

South West Africa

Uunona joined politics as an anti-Apartheid activist and as a member of the South West Africa People’s Organisation. He was also a member of the militant organisation People's Liberation Army. At the time South Africa instituted a racial segregation system called Apartheid.

Post-independence Namibia

He has been elected as a councillor several times since 2004 at the constituency of Ompundja in the Oshana regional council elections in year 2010 and 2015.[1] In November 2020, he won the local election in northern Namibia with 1,196 votes, which represented 85% of the vote. His opponent, Mumbala Abner of the IPC party, lost, gaining only 213 votes. Uunona continued to be the councillor of Ompundja constituency of Namibia.[2]

Name

Germanic names like "Adolf" are common in Namibia. This is because Namibia was once a German colony called German South West Africa between the years 1884 and 1915[2] under the German Empire and was later a mandate of Union of South Africa. Afrikaans and German are two of Namibia's official languages.

International news sources wrote that Uunona has the same name as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.[3][4] Adolf Uunona says his father probably did name him after Adolf Hitler but does not think his father knew who Adolf Hitler was at the time. "It wasn't until I was growing up that I realised: This man wanted to subjugate (or put under his control) the whole world," he said. Uunona usually goes by the first name "Adolf" alone or "Adolf Uunona" while in public. He says he has no plans to change his name.

References

  1. Government Gazette of the Republic of Namibia. December 9, 2010, No. 4627
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Namibia: Man named after Adolf Hitler wins local election". BBC News. 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  3. Ndeyanale, Eliaser. "Adolf Hitler defends his name". The Namibian. Retrieved 2021-10-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Man named Adolf Hitler Uunona wins election in Namibia, says he isn't seeking 'world domination'". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-10-08.