By By Dr. S V V Nambala November 2010


Traditionally, northern Namibia has been inhabited by Oshiwambo tribes where each tribe is under the reign of a king or Senior Chief. A king has several senior and junior chiefs and headmen and headwomen. Among the chiefs, there is one chief considered a special senior advisor to the king. Most chiefs have wards under their jurisdiction. One of such ward is the Uukwanambwa, established by the Aakwanambwa Clan (Dog Clan) at the beginning of the century. This branch of the clan is said to have originated from the Uukwaluudhi loyal Dog Clan. Shilongo Filippus (Nekwamo), son of Nehoya Andreas, belongs to the same Aakwanambwa Clan. He was born at Onyaanya in 1919. His grandfather was Uukule, the son of Amulungu of the Aakuusinda Clan (Snake Clan). His father was Nehoya Andreas of the Aatundu Clan (Zebra Clan). Since his father was a polygamist, Shilongo had more than 20 siblings. Shilongo’s mother was Nangolo Aina yaNgula, the daughter of Madhigila gaShivolo. He was named after Shilongo shaNtinda from Ombalantu and former headman of Oshuushe and Ombomboli. It is said that three men of the Aakwanambwa Clan established Uukwanambwa. They were Nkole yaAmunyela, Uugwanga waAmunyela and Shilongo shaAmunyela from Uukwaluudhi tribal area. They also had a sister called Niigumbo yaAmunyela. Whenever they praise themselves they call upon Niigumbo saying “Tse oyaNiigumbo, yaAmatambo naNkole” (We belong to Niigumbo, Amatambo and Nkole). It is not known who Amatambo was among the three men. Later on, other persons became headmen of Uukwanambwa from the same clan or other clans such as Mulunga gwaNangombe (Dog Clan), Iimene yaAmunwe (Zebra Clan), Nehoya Andreas yUukule (Zebra Clan and nephew to Iimene) in 1920. The Uukule Senior Secondary School in the north was named after Senior Headman Uukule waAmulungu. After the death of Nehoya Andreas, the ward was returned to the Dog Clan under the leadership of his son, Shilongo Filippus from 1979 until 2010. Iindongo yIilundu (Iilundi), the wife of King Kambonde kaNankwaya was also from this Clan. Shilongo Filippus the son of Andreas Uukule received basic educational training at Onyaanya under the tutorship of David Ndapopiwa, Josef Iinyemba, David Kaulwa and others. Then he decided to go and work on the farms of Stampriet. In the meantime, he joined World War II from 1942-1943. After the war, Shilongo went to the former South Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in 1946. Then he moved to the mines i...

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