Hero Ya Toivo Statue Unveiling On Friday at Ya Toivo Airport
06 Oct 2022
Namibia's liberation struggle hero Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo' statue will be unveiled at Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo Airport at Ondangwa on Friday morning
by His Excellency Vice President Dr Nangolo Mbumba.
The statue unveiling follows the renaming of Ondangwa Airport in his honor in
The event will be attended by around 150 invitees which will include Ya
Toivo's widow Vicki Ya Toivo and family, members of the Namibia Former
Robben Island Prisoners Trust, together with other leaders.
Members of the public are urged to follow the ceremony on NBC TV and
Facebook page from 09h00 in the morning, to avoid overcrowding at the
airport, amidst the heatwave that the Namibia Meteorological Services warns
will persist over the few days in northern Namibia.
The airport boasts a new terminal building inaugurated in 2015 by His
Excellency President Hage Geingob.
Among many other historic achievements, Ya Toivo was a founding member
of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) and its
predecessor, the Ovamboland People's Organisation (OPO). Following his
release from Robben Island in 1984, Ya Toivo committed himself to building a
democratic Namibia, serving as secretary general of SWAPO and in various
ministerial portfolios in government. Ya Toivo retired from politics in 2006 and
died in 2017.