In March 2015, President Hage Geingob ascended to the top office in Namibia on the back of an overwhelming majority (87 percent of the presidential ballot).
While that may arguably mark his greatest attainment, the decades prior to that have been marked by many other trials and successes.
Not least among these was his receiving a PhD from the University of Leeds in 2004. His thesis was entitled "State Formation in Namibia: Promoting Democracy and Good Governance".
In his thesis, President Geingob examined significant events in the process of state formation in Namibia and provided an insight into the role played by various actors involved in shaping the evolution of Namibia as a state.
Having been SWAPO’s representative to the United Nations and the Americas in the decades prior to independence in 1990, including being a regular contributor to the UN General Assembly from 1965-1985, President Geingob has certainly been at the centre of establishment of Namibia as a sovereign state and key member of the comity of nations.
And as the Director of the UN Institute for Namibia and as the chairman of the Research Co-ordinating Committee, President Geingob was at the forefront of national and international statesmanship from a young age.
Below are some of President Geingob’s numerous personal achievements in his lifetime of service to the Namibia and humanity.
- 1964 – Appointed SWAPO Representative to the United Nations and the Americas. A position he served in until 1971
- 1970 – Obtained BA from Fordham University in New York City (USA)
- 1972 - Appointed to the United Nations Secretariat as Political Affairs Officer. He served in this capacity until 1975
- 1974 – Obtained MA in International Relations from the Graduate Faculty of The New School in New York (USA)
- 1975 – Appointed Director of the United Nations Institute for Namibia. He served in this position until 1989
- 1980 - Awarded the Palmes Academiques (Officer Class) by the French Government in recognition of valuable services in education
- 1987 - Awarded Omugulugwombashe Medal (SWAPO) for bravery and long service
- 1989 – Elected by SWAPO Politburo to spearhead election campaign. Returned to Namibia in 1989 to assume role of SWAPO Director of Elections in a campaign that delivered a resounding victory for the liberation movement in the country’s first democratic polls.
- 1989 – Elected Chairman of the Constituent Assembly, which was responsible for formulating Independent Namibia’s first Constitution. The Namibia Constitution was unanimously adopted by the Constituent Assembly in February 1990.
- 1990 – Sworn in as first Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia on March 21, 1990
- 1994 - Awarded LL.D. Honoris Causa by Columbia College, Illinois (USA)
- 1994 - Awarded the second highest order in Cuba, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes
- 1994 - Awarded the Order of the Sun, 1st Class, by the Government of Namibia for providing outstanding political leadership
- 1995 – Sworn in for second term as Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia on March 21, 1995
- 1995 - Awarded LL.D. (Doctor of Laws) Honoris Causa by the University of Delhi (India)
- Awarded LL.D. (Doctor of Laws) Honoris Causa by the University of Namibia
- 1998 - Awarded Doctorate of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) by the American University of Rome
- 2001 - A new school for vulnerable children was opened in Katutura, Windhoek and named after the President. Hage G. Geingob High School provides an education to many children from the informal settlements around Windhoek
- 2003 – Invited to be Executive Secretary of the intergovernmental Global Coalition for Africa in Washington DC, USA
- 2004 – Earns PhD from University of Leeds. His thesis is titled "State Formation in Namibia: Promoting Democracy and Good Governance".
- 2007 – Returns to SWAPO Politburo
- 2007 - Ascends to position of SWAPO Chief in the National Assembly
- 2007 – Politburo names him sole candidate for SWAPO Vice-President. Elected party VP without opposition that same year
- 2008 – Appointed Minister of Trade and Industry
- 2012 – Re-Elected SWAPO Vice-President
- 2012 – Appointed Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia on December 4, 2012
- 2015 - Conferred the Order of the Most Ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis (Namibia)
- 2014 – Elected SWAPO Candidate for Presidential election, to succeed President Hifikepunye Pohamba
- 2014 – Elected President of the Republic of Namibia with 87 percent of the vote on November 28, 2014
- 2015 – Inaugurated President of the Republic of Namibia on March 21, 2015
- 2017 – Elected President of SWAPO
- 2018 – Elected Chairman of the Southern African Development Community. Serves in that capacity until 2019
- 2019 – Re-Elected President of the Republic of Namibia for a second term