Ya Nangolo Passes On

A sad day for Namibian poetry

By  | May 19, 2020, 02:11 PM  | Mvula ya Nangolo 

Namibian Poet Extraordinaire who has been hailed as a literature Giant of the Liberation Struggle Mvula Ya Nangolo has died this morning.

The news was confirmed by the information ministry’s executive director Mbeua ua-Ndjarakana.

Tributes poured in this morning and on twitter the Namibian newspaper’s founding editor Gwen Lister tweeted quotes from one of his poems “I’ve returned here to be in the deserts ... I am one of thousands who know I am finally home”. From the poem, Namibia, by Mvula ya Nangolo. RIP.”

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On Facebook Linda Scott, Namibian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland said she had, “learnt with sadness of Tate Mvula Ya Nangolo’s passing this morning. He was the voice on the radio that gave hope to many during the Namibian struggle days. His memory lives on in his writings. He will be sorely missed! May his soul rest in peace.”

About him 

Ya Nangolo moved to Germany to study journalism on a scholarship, after choosing not to go to the United States due to what he terms 'its racism' as he had told the Namibian newspaper in a 2015 article. 

Ya Nangolo worked served in the information ministry as a special advisor until his retirement recently.

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The struggle icon has published many poems in America, because he found the Namibian market too small. His work included a number of anthologies including ‘From Exile' which was published in the 70’s, 'Thoughts From Exile', political documentary 'Kassinga published in the early 90’s. 

He had also published “A Story Untold' 'Watering The Beloved Desert' which is a collection of new poems as well as ones from as far back as 1976, and has been featured in 'When My Brothers Came Home: Poems from Central and Southern Africa'.

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