Tatekulu Wilhem Shinima Niilenge
Birth: 6 April 1894?
Onghunga, Uukwaluudhi District, Namibia
Death: 8 June 2008
Omusati Region, Namibia
Age: 114 years, 62 days?
Country: NamibiaNAM
Unvalidated

Tatekulu Wilhem Shinima Niilenge (6 April 1894? – 8 June 2008) was a Namibian supercentenarian claimant whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).

Biography

Tatekulu Wilhem Shinima Niilenge claimed that he was born in Onghunga village in the Uukwaluudhi District, Namibia on 6 April 1894. In 1965 he joined South West Africa Liberation Army (SWALA) and received military training at Otamanzi village in the Omusati Region that year. In 1966, Niilenge participated in the Omugulugwombashe battle between SWALA and the South African Defence Force. He was captured in that battle and was taken prisoner to Pretoria, South Africa. In 1968, after having been found guilty in a Pretoria court, Niilenge was sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island. He was released from prison in May 1984 and returned to Namibia. He received the honorary rank of a Colonel in the Namibian Defence Force from President Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2007.

Tatekulu Wilhem Shinima Niilenge doed in Tsandi District Hospital in the Omusati Region on 8 June 2008 at the claimed age of 114 years, 62 days.[1] He had five children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was described as a legend of the liberation struggle. He was buried at his home village of Onghunga in the Omusati Region. If his age is true, he could be oldest man ever from Namibia.

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