Chief Samuel Ankama, Deputy Minister: Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources

May 29, 2013, 7:52 am

Chief Samuel Ankama (born 27 October 1957 in Otshaandja, Oshana Region) is a Namibian politician, traditional leader, and educator. A member of SWAPO, Ankama has been a member of the National Assembly of Namibia since 2005.
Ankama was an internal SWAPO activist beginning in the early 1980s. He was an Information Officer in various organizations, including the Council of Churches in Namibia and the SWAPO-affiliated National Union of Namibian Workers. In 1989, as Namibia's independence became closer, Ankama earned a bachelor's in education from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 1992, Ankama became the first mayor of Oshakati. Ankama left that position in 1995 when he received a scholarship to study at the University of Warwick in England, where he graduated from in 1996 with a M.A. in language studies. In 2001, he received a Fulbright scholarship to study in the United States towards his Ph.D., which he earned in 2003 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in literacy and culture. His Ph.D. dissertation was in indigenous Namibian languages in the national education system. From 2003-2005, Ankama worked in several senior positions at the University of Namibia's northern campus in Oshakati. In 2005, he was selected for the SWAPO's list for the National Assembly at the 54th slot and was elected to the 4th National Assembly.
Prior to the 2009 elections, Ankama moved up to the 37th spot on SWAPO's electoral list. He was re-elected and appointed Deputy Minister of Works and Transport. In the Cabinet reshuffle following the fifth SWAPO congress in 2012, Chief Ankama swapped positions with Chief Kilus Nguvauva and is now the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources.