A sad day for the Namibia.
One of the first poets of the land of the brave has been confirmed to have passed away this morning by the information ministry’s executive director Mbeua ua-Ndjarakana. Mvula ya Nangolo was known as the radio that gave hope to many during the Namibian struggle days by many, including Linda Scott the Namibian high commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
Mvula ya Nangolo was born in Oniimwandi in 1943. According to Revue Noire website, Mvula ya Nangolo was one of Namibia’s first black journalists and has worked also for European press. He published poets, and he became ’National Poet of Namibia’. He was also Special Advisor to the Minister of Information and Communication Technology. In 1995 he published ’Kassinga: A Story Untold’ (with Tor Sellström), an account of the 1978 massacre of hundreds of Namibians in a refugee camp in Angola by the South African military. His poetry publications include ’From Exile’ (1976), ’Thoughts from Exile’ (1991) and ’Watering the Beloved Desert’ (2008). His work also features in the anthology ’When My Brothers Come Home’ (1985).
May his memory lives on in his writings.