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Heroic narratives, patriotic history and Namibian politics: The case of (Herman) Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo (1924–2017)
The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8439-8148
2017 (English)In: Journal of Namibian Studies : History Politics Culture, ISSN 1863-5954, Vol. 22, p. 45-58Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

On 9 June 2017 Namibia became poorer. A moral beacon physically left behind the people, whose right to live in freedom and dignity was his core motivation throughout most of his 92 years. (Herman) Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo – Toivo is Finnish for hope – was active until the end. He had just returned from a trip with his close friend and fellow inmate on Robben Island Helao Shityuwe – another largely ignored and little recognized icon in Namibia’s struggle for liberation. Hours later, at his home, Ya Toivo died in his sleep. The article combines a portrait of Ya Toivo and his legacy with the heroic narratives at play when the history of the liberation struggle is rewritten for political purposes.

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2017. Vol. 22, p. 45-58
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2175OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2175DiVA, id: diva2:1184239
Available from: 2018-02-20 Created: 2018-02-20 Last updated: 2018-02-21Bibliographically approved

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