A man named Adolf Hitler wins an election in Namibia and says he isn't seeking 'world domination,' unlike his namesake.
The recent months have been a total sh*tshow. From a global pandemic to one of the most polarizing US elections in modern history, it seems as though the world can't get any stranger.
Well, that was until a politician named Adolf Hitler in Namibia won a landslide victory in a local election.
Adolf Hitler Uunona won an election for the Ompundja Constituency in Namibia's Oshana region.
Following his victory, he insisted that he has no connection to the Nazis, nor is he planning to take over the world. In fact, he's a civil rights activist.
As per BBC, he said:
"That I have this name doesn't mean that I want to subjugate Oshana now. It doesn't mean that I'm striving for world domination!"
Uunona admitted that his father named him after the Nazi leader. However, he insisted that his dad 'probably didn't understand what the name meant.'
"As a child, I saw it as a normal name."
"It wasn't until I was growing up that I realized, this man wanted to subjugate the whole world. I have nothing to do with any of these things."
The activist ran as a candidate for the South West Africa People's Organization. He managed to secure 85 percent of the votes.
While it's quite obvious he's neither Adolf Hitler reincarnated nor in support of the Nazi regime, his name can cause a stir.
Namibia's election body had even reduced his middle name to a mere initial on the official candidate list. So, voters only saw 'Adolf H. Uunona' while casting their ballots.
However, they listed his full name on the result page.
When asked why he didn't just change his name, he said, 'it's in all official documents. It's too late for that.'
The Media's curiosity, however, appeared to take its toll on him, and his patience seemed to grow weary thin.
Refusing to discuss more about his name, he said:
"I am not going to entertain the conversation. There is no reason we should be sitting here and talk about my name."
"You want us to have an entire conversation about my name? How will that make Namibia a better country? How will it contribute to the development of our country?"
Once called German South West Africa, Namibia was a German colony from 1884 until 1915.
During this era, conflicts engulfed the country as the Herero people—and later the Namas—rose against German colonial rule.
The Germans responded with repression that included massacres, slavery, and forced labor. Many natives fled to neighboring Botswana.
According to historians, 80,000 Hereros out of 100,000 died at the time, along with 10,000 Namas.
Germany, however, long refused to take the blame for the episode. They only accepted responsibility on the 100th anniversary of the massacres in 2004.
In early 2020, they offered $12 million in reparations to the country, which Namibia declined. Germany then said it would be revising its offer to a larger figure.
Namibia is still a young country that only gained independence in 1990. South Africa took control over the nation in 1915 after the Germans.