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Chief of the Herero people in South-West Africa
Bornc. 1790
House Ovaherero
Tombstone for Tjamuaha, Maharero, and Samuel Maharero in Okahandja Maharero monument Okahandja.jpg
Tombstone for Tjamuaha, Maharero, and Samuel Maharero in Okahandja

Tjamuaha (also: Tjamuaha waTjirwe, literally English: Tjamuaha, son of Tjirwe, born ca. 1790 in Otjikune, died December 1861 in Okahandja) was a chief of the Herero people in South-West Africa, today's Namibia, and the father of Maharero. He was a close ally and subordinate of Jonker Afrikaner, Captain of the Oorlam Afrikaners, and stayed with him in Windhoek for most of his chieftaincy. [1] With Tjamuaha's death, hostilities started between the Nama people and the Herero. [2]


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  1. Dierks, Klaus. "Biographies of Namibian Personalities, T. Entry for Ua Tjirwe Tjamuaha" . Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  2. Vedder 1997, p. 319.


Preceded by
Paramount Chief of the Herero people
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