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Helvi Mpingana Kondombolo
Helvi Mpingana Kondombolo
Birth: 3 March 1898?
German South West Africa (now Namibia)
Death: 26 November 2008
Ongwediva, Namibia
Age: 110 years, 268 days?
Country: NamibiaNAM

Helvi Mpingana Kondombolo, affectionately known as Kuku GwaKondo (3 March 1898? – 26 November 2008) was a Namibian supercentenarian claimant and the mother of Namibian founding president Sam Nujoma.

She was a member of the Uukwambi dynasty of the Ovambo people and stems from Etunda. In December 1927 she was baptised and married to Daniel Uutoni Nujoma. They had eleven children of which Sam Nujoma was the first-born.

Kondombolo died in 2008, at the claimed age of 110. Her state funeral was attended by president Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, former president Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, and many other high-ranking politicians.[1] A cultural village museum near Tsumeb is named after her.[2]


  1. Shivute, Oswald (8 December 2008). "Kuku Gwakondo Buried With State Honours". The Namibian. via Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  2. "Helvi Mpingana Kondombolo Cultural Village". The Cardboard Box Travel Shop. Retrieved 25 July 2012.