Memorial for Andimba Toivo wa Toivo – Namibian freedom fighter

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A founder of SWAPO, militant leader, and respected statesman, Toivo wa Toivo spent 16 years on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and other movement militants who regarded him as one of the most stubbornly principled fighters in the struggle. On his release from prison on the eve of independence, he returned home to a hero’s welcome and then refused to descend into the hurley burley of political power struggles. He, nonetheless, stayed at the table as a cabinet minister where his wisdom as an elder and a prison graduate held great sway.

Montreal-based documentary filmmaker Ole Gjerstad shot a documentary film about Andimba in 1989-90, Toivo Child of Hope, which can be viewed here. Ole talks about Andibma and his role in the struggle for the national liberation of Namibia.