'Aunt Patty' laid to rest

13 Dec 2014 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC 2014 (NAMPA - Priscilla Charlene Geingos, the first wife of Prime Minister Dr. Hage Geingob, was on Saturday laid to rest in Windhoek.
Geingos, who was also known as Aunt Patty or Meme Niilonga,was laid to rest at the Gammans Cemetery here.
Over 200 of mourners, including Prime Minister Geingob, the first president of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab, and other high ranking government ministers and officials braved the heat to pay their last respects to Geingos.
The 69-year-old died at the Windhoek Medi-Clinic on Wednesday, after a long battle with cancer.
Geingos was born in New York, United States of America (USA), to a Caribbean father and an American mother. She married Geingob on 23 January 1967 and they have one daughter, Nangula Geingos.
Aunt Patty is survived by her daughters Nangula Geingos and Femi Francis-Leito; two sisters Naomi Angus and Anna Cash; grandchildren Naomi, Bahiyah and Jackson and several adopted children and grand children.
Geingos demonstrated great hospitality by housing the first SWAPO office in New York, and welcome many Namibian freedom fighters - including the founding father Dr Sam Nuujoma - into her house. She was given name “Niilonga” , which is an Oshiwambo name meaning 'A hard working person', by the founding father.
When she moved to Namibia after independence in 1990, she served in various managerial positions at Cadilu Fishing, Nampost, Telecom Namibia, Future Kids and Air Namibia amongst others.
Many described her as a loving and caring person at her funeral.
“She was like a grandmother to me, I will miss her,” said Rauna Hamakali,one of those who rent at the late Aunt Patty’s house.
University of Namibia (UNAM) Proffersor, Enos Kiremire, described Geingos as one the few people with good governance skills in Africa.
He said he met Aunt Patty during the liberation struggle of Namibia in Zambia.