Did you know that Finland has been present in Namibia since the 1870s? The first Finns to arrive here were Lutheran missionaries from the Finnish Missionary Society who were assigned their first venture outside of Finland in Ovamboland in Namibia. They established schools and health care facilities, and went on over the years to ordain many Namibian Ministers who took over the Missionary which later became known as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Namibia. In fact, the new Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, the Honourable Zephania Kameeta, served many roles within the church including Vice-President, Deputy Bishop and Bishop. The church also played a notable role in highlighting the plight of Namibians under South African rule, and in the struggle for Namibia’s independence. Just one of the many injustices that played out during the church’s support for independence included the incarceration of Minister Kameeta in 1975. He was detained under the Terrorism Act while addressing an NNC meeting in Katutura to protest against the Turnhalle Constitutional Conference. He was kept in darkness and solitary confinement for a fortnight.