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Amelia Macoo
Amelia Macoo
Macoo on her claimed 111th birthday in 2017.
Birth: 2 March 1906?
Chidenquele, Portuguese Mozambique (now Mozambique)
Death: fl.13 March 2017
Matola, Mozambique
Age: 111 years, 11+ days?
Country: MozambiqueMOZ

Amelia "Cecilia" Macoo [Portuguese: Amélia "Cecília" Macôo] (2 March 1906? – fl.13 March 2017) was a Mozambican supercentenarian whose claim is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Amelia Macoo was born in Chidenquele, Portuguese Mozambique (now Mozambique) on 2 March 1906. Under colonial domination, she grew up working the countryside and taking care of domestic activities. She went married in the 1930s and had two daughters. After her husband disappeared in the 1940s, she did forced labor to transport sand for the construction of the current National Road Number One. It was these same activities that took her husband to an uncertain part, assuming that he was killed.

Macoo later went to South Africa moved by the agitation of friends, looking for better conditions for survival. She remained in this country until the 1960s, when she returned to Mozambique and settled in Boquisso, where she never left. It is from this residential area, at the time composed mostly of machambas, that Amelia Macoo followed the great national events, as is the case with the proclamation of Independence, on 25 June 1975, and the signing of the General Peace Agreement, on 4 October 1994.

Amelia Macoo was last reported to be alive on 13 March 2017 at the age of 111 years and 11+ days when she lived in Boquisso neighborhood, in the municipality of Matola, Mozambique. At the time, she had two daughters, 19 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren and 62 great-greatgrandchildren.