A man named after the notorious German politician and leader, Adolf Hitler has won a seat in Namibia’s election but says he had no plans to invade the world.
Mr. Adolf Hitler Uunona was elected councilor in the Ompundja Constituency, which is located in the Oshana region in the northern part of Namibia, winning roughly 85% of the vote.
He won the seat on the ticket of the ruling SWAPO party, which has ruled Namibia since independence from apartheid South Africa in 1990.
In an interview with the German newspaper Bild, Uunona said he did not have any connections to the infamous Nazi dictator with whom he shares a name.
“It was a completely normal name for me as a child. 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,” he said. “My father named me after this man. He probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for.”
“That I have this name doesn’t mean that I want to subjugate Oshana now,” Uunona added, jokingly. “It doesn’t mean that I’m striving for world domination.”
The politician said his wife was calling him Adolf, adding that he was usually called Adolf Uunona, but it was too late to change his name officially.
— Eagle FM Namibia (@EagleFMNam) November 26, 2020
“Adolf Hitler” became a widely discussed topic on Twitter in December because of Uunona’s political success.
“Of course, 2020 would not be complete if Adolf Hitler didn’t win an election with 85% of the vote,” one Twitter user wrote, and others asked: “Is that his real name?”
The 54-year-old Namibian has been capturing attention far beyond the African nation’s borders due to his unusual name – perhaps Adolf Hitler is not a good name for any politician anywhere.