Kahimemua Nguvauva

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Kahimemua Nguvauva after being captured in 1896

Kahimemua Nguvauva (* in the 19th century ; † probably June 11, 1896 ) was a traditional leader of the Ovambanderu , a Herero clan in what is now Namibia . He ruled from 1880 until his death in 1896.


Nguvauva was born in Musorakuumba , a settlement near the city of Okahandja . He was the eldest son of Munjuku Nguvauva .

Nguvauva was considered a resolute opponent of the German colonial power in German South West Africa . Because of his position, the protection force was sent to protect the area.

He was injured and captured in the Battle of Sturmfeld in May 1896. He was executed on June 10, 11 or 12, 1896 .


Nguvauva is buried on what is now Kahimemua Avenue in Okahandja. His grave , dated June 11, 1896, has been a Namibian national monument since February 7, 1980 . Nguvauva is also, as an official Namibian hero , symbolically on the heroic field in Windhoek buried.

Descendants of Nguvauva still remember a belt to which they attach particular traditional importance for their clan. They believe it is an ammunition belt that was removed from Nguvauva when he was captured. Later, the belt apparently came to the Städtisches Museum in Braunschweig , where in 2020 a leather belt was discovered which, according to the original information, "was removed from the rebellious chief of the Ovambandyeru, Kahimemua, by Mr. Gustav Voigts in 1896". The provenance has not yet been finally clarified.

Individual evidence

  1. Geingob, Pohamba to grace OvaMbanderu commemoration New Era, June 9, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2016
  2. a b Okahandja Kahimemua Nguvauva grave. Tour letter. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Biographies of Namibian Personalities, N. Klaus Dierks, Windhoek, accessed on February 26, 2015
  4. ^ Slain Mbanderu chief commemorated. The Namibian, June 14, 2017. Retrieved February 26, 2015
  5. Christiane Habermalz: The belt of Kahimemua Nguvauva. Deutschlandfunk Kultur, February 5, 2020, accessed on August 18, 2020 .
  6. Christiane Habermalz: The belt of Kahimemua. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, February 19, 2020, accessed on August 18, 2020 .
predecessor Office successor
Munjuku Nguvauva King of Ovambanderu
( Traditional Herero Leader )
Kanangati Hoveka