Namibia's Diplomatic Mission in the United States of America held a memorial service to celebrate the life and legacy of the late President Hage Geingob.

The Namibian community in the United States, led by the country's Washington-based Embassy and joined by Africans and American citizens, paid tribute to the late President Geingob, describing him as a great bridge builder, activist, and scholar who will never be forgotten.

Many of the mourners shared personal friendships and encounters with the late Namibian leader, from his days as a petitioner at the UN during Namibia's liberation struggle, alongside Theo-Ben Gurirab and Hidipo Hamutenya, both of whom are also late.

The late trio lived in the US and took up Namibia's cause at the height of civil rights movements there, and Namibia's plight even gained momentum and sympathy among the black communities.

Africa's diplomatic community group in the US says the African continent always looked up to the wisdom and capabilities of the late Dr. Geingob to solve the challenges, up until his death.

The values he shared at SADC and the AU will live on as the continent continues to fight for its total economic liberation.

Dr. Geingob's death left a deep wound in Namibia and in the world, and mourners said he earned the right to be in the same category as great African leaders including Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, and Sam Nujoma, among others.

Barbara Talbert has known the late Geingob since 1964, and since then, he has regarded her as his mother.

In an emotional farewell, she recalled him as a very kind man.

Although Namibians are in mourning, US diplomats say the life of the president is a testament to what Namibia can achieve, and Namibians should find solace in his life as a servant leader.



Blanche Goreses