15 Mar 2016 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAR (NAMPA) The history of Namibia's liberation struggle is relatively invisible globally, thus there is a critical need to produce books to ensure the visibility of this history in the international domain.
This was said by the Founding Father of the Nation, Sam Nujoma when he officially launched a book titled Notable Quotes by Bishop Kleopas Dumeni.
The book was written by University of Namibia (UNAM) Oshiwambo Lecturer, Dr Petrus Angula Mbenzi, who collected all memorable quotes of Dumeni and turned it into a book.
It chronicles the life of Dumeni, particularly during the liberation struggle of the country.
Dumeni of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) was also present at the launch in the capital.
What is presented in this book is a commendable effort, but this is just the tip of the iceberg as there are several unrecorded events about the contribution by Bishop Dumeni in particular, and the contribution of the Evangelical Church in Namibia (ELCIN) in general and many others, Nujoma said.
He noted that Dumeni's contribution to the struggle for freedom and independence in Namibia speaks volumes and the notable quotes form part of the country's historical treasure to pass on to younger generations.
Dumeni's story, he added, extends beyond Namibia's national borders, because he (Dumeni) spoke at various international gatherings, calling and pleading for the independence of Namibia, as well as exposing the brutality of the apartheid-colonial regime locally and internationally.
As a leader of one of the progressive churches in Namibia, Bishop Dumeni was aware that the colonial regime and its proponents were not pleased with his advocacy for freedom, but he stood his ground unshaken and spoke the truth from the pulpit.
Nujoma explained the book serves as a challenge to academics in the field of history and political science to delve into and turn the notable quotes into scholarly articles.
He also called on prospective writers to collate notable quotes of various leaders in Namibia so that their contributions may be entered into the annals of Namibian history.