Samuel Maharero (1856 – 14 March 1923) was a Paramount Chief of the Herero people in German South-West Africa (today Namibia) during their revolts and in connection with the events surrounding the Herero genocide. Today he is considered a national hero in Namibia.
Mandume Ya Ndemufayo (1894 - 6 February 1917) was the last king of the Kwanyama, a subset of the Ovambo people of southern Angola and northern Namibia. Ndemufayo took over the Kwanyama kingdom in 1911 and his reign lasted until 1917 when he died of either suicide or machine gun fire while the Kwanyama kingdom was under attack from Portuguese . Ndemufayo is honoured as a national hero in both Angola and Namibia.
Henno Martin (March 15, 1910 – January 7 1998) was a German professor of Geology who, along with Hermann Korn, lived for two years in the Namib Desert to avoid internment during the Second World War.
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