Martha Afrikaner
Martha Afrikaner
Birth: 27 September 1905
Gibeon, German South West Africa (now Namibia)
Death: 11 November 2015
Gibeon, Namibia
Age: 110 years, 45 days
Country: NamibiaNAM

Martha Afrikaner (nèe Xoagus; 27 September 1905 – 11 November 2015) was a Namibian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). If her age is true, she could be oldest person ever from Namibia.


Martha Xoagus was born on 27 September 1905 in Gibeon, in what was then German South-West Africa (now Namibia), to a German father and a Nama mother. She was the eldest child. Her mother's name was Mary Xoagus. Her father was killed by Bushmen. Her mother and she then moved to Khaxus, near Bulspoort. She married at 25 and at that time she worked on commercial farms with her husband. They had 10 children. She was very religious. Her granddaughter, Lintina Isaak, claimed that Martha believed in two things: “Respect for others and the Ten Commandments”.

Her mother passed away in 1980 and husband passed away in 1983. At the time of her 100th birthday, she still had one living sister, as well as six children, 17 grandchildren, and 44 great-grandchildren. At the time of her 110th birthday, her oldest living child was 86. When asked why she thinks she lives so long, Martha said: “What do you think, what is the problem? Only God who creates, knows. Now I'm done speaking.”

Martha passed at home on a farm 55 km west of Gibeon at the age of 110 years, 45 days.


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