Nickey Iyambo

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Nickey Iyambo
Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry
Assumed office
March 2005
Personal details
Born (1936-05-20) 20 May 1936 (age 78)
South West Africa
Nationality Namibia Namibian
Political party Flag of South-West Africa People's Organisation.svg SWAPO
Residence Windhoek, Namibia
Alma mater University of Helsinki, (Finland)

Nickey Iyambo (born 20 May 1936) is a Namibian politician and physician. A member of SWAPO, Iyambo has been a member of the Cabinet of Namibia since independence in March 1990. He has been the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry since 2005.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Iyambo was born in Onayena, Oshikoto Region. He earned four separate degrees from University of Helsinki in Finland, beginning with a MSc in 1969. In 1970, he earned a MA in political science, a BA in medicine in 1974 and MD in medicine in 1980.[2]


Iyambo was Namibia's first Black postmaster from 1962 to 1963 but fled into exile with SWAPO in 1964. He was amongst the earliest SWAPO members to go into exile and helped establish SWAPO's close relationship with Julius Nyerere's Tanzania.

On Heroes' Day 2014 he was conferred the Most Brilliant Order of the Sun, First Class.[3]


  1. ^ Nickey Iyambo at Namibia Institute for Democracy
  2. ^ Suomen Lääkärit 1992, Suomen Lääkäriliitto, Helsinki, Finland
  3. ^ "Namibians honoured by President". New Era. 28 August 2014.