Leonard Auala

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The Reverend
Leonard Auala
Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia
In office 1963 – 1979
Personal details
Born 25 September 1908
Oniipa, Oshikoto Region
Died 4 December, 1983

Leonard Nangolo Auala (25 September 1908 – 4 December, 1983) was a Namibian Lutheran Church leader.

Early life[edit]

Auala was born in Oniipa, Oshikoto Region. He was raised by Lutheran missionaries from Finland.[1] He went to primary school in Oniipa before going to Augustineum in Okahandja and theological training in Elim, Namibia and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.


He was the first Namibian bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN), a member of the Lutheran World Federation. Auala lived most of his life under South African rule. As a prominent religious leader for both the Ovambo people and other groups across Namibia, Auala met regularly with the South Africans to discuss issues like contract labour and other facets of apartheid.[2] A member of the South West Africa People's Organization, Auala received threats and harassment from the South African occupiers.


  1. ^ Bishop Auala Centenary The Namibian, 25 September, 2008
  2. ^ Leonard Auala at the Dictionary of African Christian Biography
Preceded by
Position created
Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia
Succeeded by
Kleopas Dumeni