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4 - Chief Hosea Kutako: A Herero Royal And Namibian Nationalist's Life Against Confinement 1870–1970

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Hosea Kutako was born in pre-colonial Hereroland in 1870 and died in South West Africa, a colonial territory subject to the Republic of South Africa, in 1970. Hosea Kutako was born as a Herero royal, but into a position which, but for the course of history, would never have enabled him to claim leadership of the Herero, let alone of the people of Namibia. One could provide an overview of Hosea Kutako's life that would emphasize the subject nature of Africans in colonial Namibia for much of the twentieth century. A biography that would do justice to the history of Hosea Kutako would seek a just balance between individual agency and structural determinants. Henceforth Hosea Kutako would take a leading role in Namibian politics, a role far in excess of his nominal position as Headman of Windhoek location.

Keywords: Hosea Kutako; Namibian politics; Windhoek location



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