Namibian celebrities

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  1. Behati Prinsloo

    Behati Prinsloo


    Behati Prinsloo (/biˈɑː.ti ˈprɪns.l/ bee-AH-tee PRINS-loo; born 16 May 1989) is a Namibian model. In 2008, she became the face of the Victoria's Secret sub-brand Pink and moved on to become a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2009.

  2. Michelle McLean

    Michelle McLean


    Michelle McLean (born July 31, 1972 in Windhoek) is a Namibian writer, TV Host, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe in 1992. She was 19 years old when she represented Namibia and became the first (and so far only) woman from Namibia to win the crown. McLean was only the second woman after Ronel Liebenberg to represent Namibia as an independent country.

  3. Joseph Diescho

    Joseph Diescho


    Joseph Diescho is a Namibian writer and political analyst. In 1988, he wrote Born of the Sun, the first novel by a native-born Namibian author.

  4. Frankie Fredericks

    Frankie Fredericks


    Frank "Frankie" Fredericks (born 2 October 1967) is a former track and field athlete from Namibia. Running in the 100 metres and 200 metres, he won four silver medals at the Olympic Games (two in 1992 and two in 1996), making him Namibia's first and so far only Olympic medalist. He also won gold medals at the World Championships, World Indoor Championships, All-Africa Games and Commonwealth Games. He is the world indoor record-holder for 200 metres, with a time of 19.92 seconds set in 1996.

  5. N!xau



    Nǃxau ǂToma (short: Nǃxau, alternative spelling Gcao Tekene Coma, ca. 1943 – 1 July 2003) was a Namibian bush farmer and actor who was made famous by his roles in the 1980 movie The Gods Must Be Crazy and its sequels, in which he played the Kalahari San (Bushman) Xixo. The Namibian called him "Namibia's most famous actor".

  6. Odile Gertze

    Odile Gertze


    Odile Madeline Muller (née Gertze) (born c. 1988) is a Namibian beauty queen from Windhoek. She was crowned Miss Namibia 2010 on July 31, 2010 and became one of the top 25 semifinalists in Miss World 2010.

  7. Marelize Robberts

    Marelize Robberts


    Martha Elizabeth “Marelize” Robberts (born 1986) is a Namibian model and beauty pageant contestant who won the title of Miss Namibia 2008 and represented Namibia in Miss World 2008 in South Africa and in Miss Universe 2009.

  8. Oliver Risser

    Oliver Risser


    Oliver Hanjorge Risser (born 17 September 1980) is a Namibian international footballer who plays for Belgian Third Division B side KFC Oosterzonen. Risser is a defensive midfielder, and can also play in central defence. He is of German descent.

  9. McHenry Venaani

    McHenry Venaani


    McHenry Venaani (born 8 September 1977) is a Namibian politician and the president of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance, a party with five seats in the National Assembly of Namibia. Venaani was a member of the National Assembly from 2002 to 2010. At the time of his appointment in 2002, he was Namibia's youngest ever MP.

  10. Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari

    Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari


    Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari (born 8 December 1974 in Windhoek) is a Namibian political scientist and public intellectual.

  11. Marichen Luiperth

    Marichen Luiperth


    Marichen Jolandi Luiperth (born 1986) is a Namibian beauty queen who represented Namibia in Miss World 2007 in Sanya, China. She graduated with a focus in Information Studies from the University of Namibia with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.

  12. Tippi Degré

    Tippi Degré


    Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré (born 4 June 1990) is a French woman who spent her childhood in Namibia among wild animals and tribespeople. In 2002–03, she was the presenter of Around the World with Tippi, six wildlife and environmental TV documentaries.

  13. Kazenambo Kazenambo

    Kazenambo Kazenambo


    Kazenambo Kazenambo (born 6 July 1963) is a Namibian politician. A member of SWAPO, Kazenambo was first elected to the 4th National Assembly of Namibia in 2005. He then served as Deputy Minister of Local and Regional Government, Housing and Rural Development until 2010, and as Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture until 2012. Kazenambo is a member of SWAPO's Politburo.

  14. Gazza (artist)

    Gazza (artist)


    Lazarus Shiimi, known by his stage name Gazza, is one of the most commercially successful and best selling recording artists in Namibia. Gazza was born on 10 March 1977 in Oshakati (North of Namibia) in a family of seven. At that time, he had to live in a shack behind someone's house after his father died. Despite those modest beginnings, he has always pursued the goals he had set for his life. Gazza has always loved challenges. As a soccer lover, he nicknamed himself Gazza after famous English soccer player Paul Gascoigne.

  15. Piet van der Walt

    Piet van der Walt


    Piet van der Walt is a Namibian businessperson and politician. A White Afrikaner Namibian, van der Walt began associating with SWAPO in a business capacity following independence in 1990. He was placed on the parliamentary list for SWAPO at number 42 prior to the 2009 National Assembly election and subsequently elected. He is associated with the SWAPO Youth League.

  16. Samuel Maharero

    Samuel Maharero


    Samuel Maharero (1856 – 14 March 1923) was a Paramount Chief of the Herero people in German South-West Africa (today Namibia) during their revolts and in connection with the events surrounding the Herero genocide. Today he is considered a national hero in Namibia.

  17. Gal Level

    Gal Level


    Gal Level is an award-winning R&B girl duo from Windhoek, Namibia, made up of Daphne Willibard (born 1 April 1981) and Frieda Haindaka (born 1 February 1984). They are very popular in Southern Africa, and other African countries. They are produced and managed by continental music producers Ogopa Deejays of Kenya. They have been compared to US girl group Destiny's Child.

  18. Anton Lubowski

    Anton Lubowski


    Anton Theodor Eberhard August Lubowski (3 February 1952 – 12 September 1989) was a Namibian anti-apartheid activist and advocate. He was a member of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) In 1989 he was assassinated by operatives of South Africa’s Civil Cooperation Bureau.

  19. Frans Indongo

    Frans Indongo


    Frans Aupa Indongo (born 15 January 1936 in Ongwediva, Oshana Region) is a Namibian businessman and former politician.

  20. Mandume Ya Ndemufayo

    Mandume Ya Ndemufayo


    Mandume Ya Ndemufayo (1894 - 6 February 1917) was the last king of the Kwanyama, a subset of the Ovambo people of southern Angola and northern Namibia. Ndemufayo took over the Kwanyama kingdom in 1911 and his reign lasted until 1917 when he died of either suicide or machine gun fire while his kingdom was under attack from South African forces. Ndemufayo is honoured as a national hero in both Angola and Namibia.

  21. Peya Mushelenga

    Peya Mushelenga


    Peya Mushelenga is a Namibian politician and poet. A member of SWAPO, Mushelenga has been a member of the National Assembly of Namibia since 2005 and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs since 21 March 2010. (In 2015, the ministry was renamed as the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation.)

  22. Tom Alweendo

    Tom Alweendo


    Tom Kavaningilamo Alweendo is a Namibian businessperson. In 2003, he became the first Namibian Governor of the Bank of Namibia, when he replaced Jafaar bin Ahmad of Malaysia. From the mid-1990s until 2001, he was head of Air Namibia.

  23. Wilko Risser

    Wilko Risser


    Wilko Rudi Risser (born 11 August 1982 in Windhoek) is a Namibian-German footballer who plays for Chippa United in the South African Premier Soccer League.

  24. Quinton Jacobs

    Quinton Jacobs


    Quinton Norman Jacobs (born 21 January 1979 in Windhoek) is a Namibian football midfielder who plays for Mohun Bagan in the I-League.

  25. Stefan Ludik

    Stefan Ludik


    Stefan Ludik (born April 5, 1981) is a Namibian musician, television personality, actor, and former cricketer from Windhoek City. He was the first contestant to represent Namibia in the reality television program Big Brother Africa. He is now a popular Afrikaans singer and actor.

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