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Ongandjera (from "aagandji yiiyela", place of gold metal thread beads) is settlement near Okahao in the Omusati Region in northern Namibia. Historically part of Ovamboland, Ongandjera is also a traditional kingship. In 1917, South Africa stripped the rulers of seven kingships, including Ongandjera, of their authority. Following Namibia's independence, the king of Ongandjera declared the royal family restored.[1] Ongandjera is the birthplace of Sam Nujoma, the country's first president,[2] and of Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana who was the secretary-general of SWAPO from 2007-2012.


  1. ^ Forrest, Joshua B. (2003). Subnationalism in Africa: Ethnicity, Alliances, and Politics. Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 215. ISBN 1-58826-227-8.
  2. ^ "Sam Nujoma". Encyclopædia Britannica. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 2007.