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Namibians Research in Finland

Precolonial Communities of Southwestern Africa : A History of Owambo Kingdoms, 1600-1920

Frieda Nela-Williams' dissertation, conducted at the University of Joensuu, and published by the National Archives of Namibia.

Namibian scholar Frieda Nela-Williams received her PhD under Seppo Rytkönen from the University of Joensuu in 1991 for her study Precolonial Communities of Southwestern Africa: A History of Owambo Kingdoms, 1600-1920.9 She focuses heavily on precolonial political issues, and gives in-depth royal genealogies.

Recordkeeping and Missing “Native Estate” Records in Namibia: An Investigation of Colonial Gaps in a Post-colonial National Archive

Ellen Namhila, the research librarian at the University of Namibia, completed her dissertation in library science at the University of Tampere.

Importantly, several Namibians were offered scholarships to universities in Finland during this period, one in particular necessitates mention. Perhaps the most well-known is Ellen Namhila, the director of the University of Namibia Libraries. Her dissertation, on native estate records and post-colonial archival practices, was recently completed at the University of Tampere and will be published by the Basler Afrika Bibliographien.11 A large degree of library science cooperation between Namibia and Finland is large due to her efforts. Her memoir, The Price of Freedom, is a sober, yet inspiring account of the Namibian liberation struggle and life as an exile in Finland.12

 

 

 

9 Frieda Nela-Williams, Precolonial Communities of Southwestern Africa : A History of Owambo Kingdoms, 1600-1920(Windhoek: National Archives of Namibia, 1991). [LINK]

11 Ellen Ndeshi Namhila, Recordkeeping and Missing “Native Estate” Records in Namibia: An Investigation of Colonial Gaps in a Post-colonial National Archive (Tampere: Acta Universitatis Tamperensis, 2015). [LINK]

12 Ellen Ndeshi Namhila, The Price of Freedom (Windhoek: New Namibia Books, 1995).