H.E. Hage Geingob

Republic of Namibia

Hage-Geingob webH.E. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, is an alumnus of The Africa-America Institute (AAI).

At the 2015 Future Leaders Legacy Fund Awards Gala, President Geingob will be honored with AAI 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Alumnus Award. AAI will recognize President Geingob’s lifetime achievements in working towards strengthening the education system and his leadership in pursuing independence and later socio-economic progress in Namibia.

President Geingob served aa the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia after independence. He was sworn in as Prime Minister in 1990, and again for a second term in 1995, where he served for 12 years. He also was Minister of Trade and Industry.

Launching his career as a teacher in 1960, Geingob participated in protests and challenged the colonial government’s Bantu education system, a sub-standard education that was created for Africans. Geingob eventually left his teaching position with a commitment to change the education system through protests and other actions.

The protests were the beginning of his lifelong engagement in politics and the liberation movement. In 1964, he was a Representative of South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) at the United Nations, and later served in the United Nations Secretariat as Political Affairs Officer and as Director of the United Nations Institute for Namibia.

As Chairman of the Constituent Assembly, H.E. Geingob helped to draft the Namibian Constitution, which was adopted in 1990.

President Geingob studied at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a BA degree from Fordham University, and an MA degree from the Graduate Faculty of The New School. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds.

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