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Samuel Daniel Nujoma was born at Etunda, a village in Ongandjera, near the town of Okahao, Ovamboland, Southwest Africa on 12 May 1929.
Like all boys of those days, looked after his parents’ cattle, as well as assisting them at home in general work, including in the cultivation of land.
In the year 1946, Dr. Nujoma moved to the coastal town of Walvisbay to try and get a job. It was in Walvis Bay that he got exposed to modern world politics by meeting soldiers from Argentina. At the beginning of 1949, Dr. Nujoma went to live in Windhoek with his uncle where he started working for the South African Railways and attended adult night school at St. Barnabas in the Windhoek Old Location.
He had a deep passion for politics and yearned to see his people living in a free and democratic society. Dr. Nujoma resigned from the South African Railways in 1957 at the age of 29 with the purpose of devoting his full time to politics.