Adolf Hitler Uunona

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Adolf Hitler Uunona
Councilor of the SWAPO
In office
Since 2004
PresidentHage Geingob
Prime MinisterSaara Kuugongelwa
Vice PresidentNangolo Mbumba
Opponent(s)Mumbala Abner
ConstituencyOmpundja constituency, Oshana Region, Republic of Namibia
Personal details
Born1965 (age 57–58)
South West Africa (now Namibia)
Citizenship Namibia
Political party SWAPO
Other political
OccupationPolitical Activist
Known forSharing the same name as Adolf Hitler
Military service
AllegiancePeople’s Liberation Army of Namibia
Battles/warsSouth African Border War

Adolf Hitler Uunona is a Namibian anti-Apartheid activist and politician. He has been the councilor of the South-West Africa People’s Organization many times since 2004. He became famous in 2020 when news sources wrote he had been named after Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

Career[change | change source]

Southwest Africa[change | change source]

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

Post-independence Namibia[change | change source]

He has been elected as a councilor 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 councilor of Ompundja constituency of Namibia.[2]

Name[change | change source]

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.

International news sources wrote that Uunona has the same name as Adolf Hitler, the dictator of Germany during World War II.[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 realized: 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, since they were already on so many government documents.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Government Gazette of the Republic of Namibia Archived 2020-12-17 at the Wayback Machine. December 9, 2010, No. 4627
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Namibia: Man named after Adolf Hitler wins local election". BBC News. 2020-12-03. Archived from the original on 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  3. Ndeyanale, Eliaser. "Adolf Hitler defends his name". The Namibian. Archived from the original on 2021-10-07. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  4. "Man named Adolf Hitler Uunona wins election in Namibia, says he isn't seeking 'world domination'". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  5. "Adolf Hitler wins big in Namibia, says he has no plans for world domination". The Indian Express. 6 December 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2023.