President Hage Geingob has stolen the hearts of Namibians as the country’s third President, sworn into office in 2015. Accompanying him as the leader of the country is his beautiful wife, Monica, who has equally impressed the nation with her philanthropic endeavors to uplift the Namibia in her own right.
Whilst the couple may appear to be picture perfect as of 2021, Monica happens to be Hage’s third wife – perhaps third time really was the charm! Reports state that Hage married New Yorker, Priscilla Charlene Cash in 1967, with whom he had his eldest daughter, Nagula Geingos-Dukes. After a relatively short marriage which resulted in an amicable divorce, the President married Loini Kandume, in September 1993. The marriage between Hage and the businesswoman was known as one of the country’s most high-profile relationships, as fans watched them welcome their son, Hage Geingob Jr and their daughter, Dângos Geingos.
Once again, the relationship did not last and Hage initiated divorce proceedings against Loini in 2006. After being granted a provisional divorce in May 2006, the marriage was officially over in July 2008. The politician refused to give up on love and on Valentines Day, 2015, Hage and Monica was married.
Namibia’s very own first lady, Monica Geingos, has paved her way as prolific public figure long before she was given the prestigious title. The 43-year-old is also an acclaimed entrepreneur and lawyer, and has been a board member and director within many of the country's large companies. She had also chaired the Presidential Economic Advisory Council, serving the people of Namibia well beyond her line of duty.
Monica won the hearts of Namibians when her generosity and selflessness was seen when she pledged to donate all of her wealth, estimated to be at $3 million, to charity when she dies. Believing that the citizens of the country are deserving of her hard work just as much as her family, Monica has been embraced by almost everyone she encounters.
According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation News, both Monica and Hage voluntarily declared their combined assets of some 110 million Namibian dollars ($7.44 million), which gave full transparency between them and the public.
"I strongly believe that inheritance is one of the biggest drivers of inequality," the 43-year-old lawyer and former head of Namibia's first and largest private equity fund, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview at State House. "If I'm telling poor children that they must be well educated, have the right attitude, and they must stay away from self-destructive behaviour and they'll be fine, then surely that message should apply to my kids too?".
Many believe that Monica has helped shape President Hage’s campaign, and is the driving force behind many of his initiatives. The couple are constantly praised for their team work, and Namibian’s are proud to have them as their leaders.
Picture Credit: The Namibian