My history hero: Hendrik Witbooi (born c1830)
BBC film-maker and historian David Olusoga on why he admires teacher and soldier Hendrik Witbooi
Hendrik Witbooi was born in the Northern Cape, in the tiny village of Pella near South Africa’s modern-day border with Namibia, some time around 1830. He was born into the Witbooi clan of the Nama people, who have mixed ethnic origins derived largely from the Khoisan (formerly known as Bushmen) but also from early Dutch settlers to the Cape. He was a teacher turned soldier who became head of his clan, and then leader of all the Nama, resisting German colonisation in the 1900s.