Samuel Ankama

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Samuel Ankama

Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources
Assumed office
4 December 2012
Preceded byKilus Nuvauva
Deputy Minister of Works and Transport
In office
21 March 2010 – 4 December 2012
Succeeded byKilus Nuvauva
Personal details
Born (1957-10-27) 27 October 1957 (age 61)
Otshaandja, Oshana Region
Political partySWAPO
Alma materUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Warwick
University of Edinburgh

Chief Samuel Ankama (born 27 October 1957 in Otshaandja, Oshana Region) is a Namibian politician, traditional leader, and educator. A member of SWAPO, Ankama has been a member of the National Assembly of Namibia since 2005.


Ankama was an internal SWAPO activist beginning in the early 1980s. He was an Information Officer in various organizations, including the Council of Churches in Namibia and the SWAPO-affiliated National Union of Namibian Workers. In 1989, as Namibia's independence became closer, Ankama earned a bachelor's in education from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 1992, Ankama became the first mayor of Oshakati. Ankama left that position in 1995 when he received a scholarship to study at the University of Warwick in England, where he graduated from in 1996 with an MA in language studies. In 2001, he received a Fulbright scholarship to study in the United States towards his Ph.D., which he earned in 2003 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in literacy and culture. His Ph.D. dissertation was in indigenous Namibian languages in the national education system. From 2003-2005, Ankama worked in several senior positions at the University of Namibia's northern campus in Oshakati. In 2005, he was selected for the SWAPO's list for the National Assembly at the 54th slot and was elected to the 4th National Assembly.[1]

Prior to the 2009 elections, Ankama moved up to the 37th spot on SWAPO's electoral list. He was re-elected and appointed Deputy Minister of Works and Transport.[2] In the Cabinet reshuffle following the fifth SWAPO congress in 2012, Chief Ankama swapped positions with Chief Kilus Nguvauva and is now the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources.[3]


  1. ^ Samuel Ankama Archived 11 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine at Namibia Institute for Democracy
  2. ^ Weidlich, Brigitte (13 April 2010). "Tender Board should stick to rules: Ankama". The Namibian.
  3. ^ Shipanga, Selma; Immanuel, Shinovene (5 December 2012). "Transition team picked". The Namibian. Archived from the original on 6 December 2012.