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Ondangwa, is a town of 23,000 inhabitants in the Oshana Region of northern Namibia, bordering Oshikoto Region. Ondangwa was first established as a mission station of the Finnish Missionary Society in 1890. In 1914 it became a government station.Ondangwa is said to mean the end of the Ondonga area., and Ondangwa is located on the western edge of this kingdom.Ondangwa is located about 80km from the Angolan border, along the B1. It is one of the places of residence of the Kings of Ondonga. . Most of the residents of the town speak Oshindonga.Ondangwa is the district capital of the Ondangwa electoral constituency.HistoryA Finnish mission stationFounding of the Finnish mission stationThe Ondangwa mission station was founded by August Pettinen in 1890. It was located ca. 15 km to the northwest of the Olukonda mission station. At that time it was said that the distance was equal to two hours of travel, which most likely meant two hours on an ox cart.Before Ondangwa was founded the Finns had experienced a string of setbacks in the territories of other Ovambo tribes, i.e. in the kingdoms of Uukwambi, Ongadjera in the west and Oukwanyama in the north, and circumstances dictated that their work had to be concentrated in Ondonga.
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