NEVER TOO OLD: Damara king, Gaob Justus |Uruhe ǁGaroëb, was awarded two degrees this week. PHOTO: Contributed
NEVER TOO OLD: Damara king, Gaob Justus |Uruhe ǁGaroëb, was awarded two degrees this week. PHOTO: Contributed

Gaob ǁGaroëb bags honorary degree

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ELIZABETH JOSEPH
The University of Namibia (Unam) yesterday awarded Damara king, 80-year-old Gaob Justus |Uruhe ǁGaroëb, with both an honours degree and a doctorate of philosophy in political science.

Unam vice chancellor Kenneth Matengu said ǁGaroëb has always been known for the acquiring of knowledge.

"To further his studies, in 1966, he applied to study medicine at the University College of Zululand in South Africa.

“Due to financial challenges and family obligations, the young ǁGaroëb returned to Namibia and became a teacher," he said.

Despite several challenges, he studied towards an LLB degree through the University of South Africa (Unisa) between 1968 and 1972. Upon completion, he became a magistrate.

Matengu applauded ǁGaroëb for preserving culture for the benefit of the present and future generations.

"He has been a strong proponent of the preservation of the Damara culture and heritage.

“The continued promotion and preservation of the Damara culture were reignited and promoted by Gaob ǁGaroëb through the continued celebrations of the annual traditional festivals known as the Gaob Fees since 1976," he said.

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Namibian Sun 2022-12-04

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