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"Cities - Okahandja" Namibia Things to Do Tip by MikeAtSea

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  The tribe of the Herero
by MikeAtSea

In 1872, the Rhenish Mission Society founded a mission station in Okahandja to try convert and pacify the Herero who settled in this area. The Mission Church was consecrated in 1976 and in 1894, Okahandja became a military base of the Germans.
Okahandja is closely linked with the history of the Herero people in Namibia. It is here, since the middle of the 19th century, that one of their most important tribal centres is situated. In the cemetery near the Mission Church, lie the graves of their chiefs Tjamuaha, Maharero, Samuel Maharero and Hosea Kutako. The Herero leader Clemens Kapuuo, murdered in 1978, is also buried here.
Every year, on the last Sunday before the 26th of August, is Maharero Day upon which great festivities in honour of the ancestors in Okahandja take place. The colourful festive processions are very impressive. The Herero women wear very long and wide Victorian dresses and the typical headgear that resembles bovine horns. The men wear khaki uniforms.

Directions: Okahandja lies on the B1, about 70 kilometres north of Windhoek.

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  • Written Oct 25, 2006
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