Royal ǀUiǀoǀoo


Royal ǀUiǀoǀoo
Deputy Minister of Marginalised People
Assumed office
21 March 2015
PresidentHage Geingob
Prime MinisterSaara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila
Preceded byNickey Iyambo

Early life[]

Royal Johan Kxao ǀUiǀoǀoo[1] (commonly rendered "/Ui/o/oo" due to technical limitations)[2] (born 30 September 1966) is a Namibian politician who is serving in the Cabinet of Namibia as Deputy Minister of Marginalised People since March 2015.[3] He was a member of Parliament as a SWAPO backbencher between 2000 and 2005, and after that a special advisor in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.[4]

ǀUiǀoǀoo grew up in Botswana. He finished his matric at NamCOL and holds a certificate in Linguistic Studies in African Languages. As of 2016 he is enrolled at Unisa for a law degree.[5]

ǀUiǀoǀoo is an ethnic ǃKung from Tsumkwe's Juǀʼhoan-speaking community, for which he is also a senior traditional officer. At the time he became a parliamentarian in 2000, he was the youngest ever SWAPO MP. He also was the first and only San to serve in Parliament.[6]


  1. ^ The letter ⟨ǀ⟩ is a dental click. Pronunciation at beginning and at 1m in Namibian Broadcasting Corp. (Dec 7, 2018). "Minister ǀUiǀoǀoo hopes rights of indigenous people whitepaper approved by Cabinet". Retrieved Feb 1, 2019.
  2. ^ E.g. in "Deputy Minister Royal ǀUiǀoǀoo on representing minorities in the Vice Presidency Office". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ Immanuel, Shinovene; Mongudhi, Tileni (20 March 2015). "Costly Democracy". The Namibian. pp. 1–2.
  4. ^ "Mushelenga to replace Iyambo in parliament". Namibian Sun. 21 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Know Your MPs. Royal Kxao ǀUiǀoǀoo (Swapo)". New Era. 24 June 2016. p. 4.
  6. ^ Graham Hopwood: Who's Who: ǀUiǀoǀoo, Royal at Namibia Institute for Democracy, 2007