About Us

Who we are

Despite the various versions about the name, Okahao is an Oshiwambo (Oshingandjera dialect) word that was commonly used in the olden days to refer to a small clay pot also called “Okaiga”. It is derived from the word “Ehao”, which refers to a big clay pot. These pots were useful multi-purpose commodities where almost all household consumables were stored, such as water, traditional beer, cooking flour etc. The name has become historically fascinating due to a traditional practice of electing a new King of Ongandjera traditional district, which made use of this small clay pot (Okahao). The sacred Kingship items (known as Oshimona sh’ oshilongo) were put in the clay pot and hidden under the water in a well, known as “Okandambo/Okalutha” – the well eventually became significant because of this Kings’ election practice. Pontential candidates would then search the clay pot under the water to extract the sacred kingship items in it. The winner would be the one who found the clay pot, which makes him the new King of Ongandjera kingdom.

Okahao is a historical place that is unique in its own right. As a locality, Okahao was a village for the families of Ongandjera Kings. The place was therefore considered occupied with ancestral sanctification. A common water pond that is in existence to this date (called Ombupupu) was historically believed to have supernatural elements (called “iinomona”). Nobody would obtain water from this pond without first “talking” to and getting permission from the ancestors. People from the King’s palace (called “Ombala”) who normally fetch water from Ombupupu would first reveal that the King sent them water for his dogs, as a way of seeking ancestral blessings to draw water from the pond. Okahao is also home to Christianity in Ongandjera, as it is here where the ELCIN Finish Missionary set up a centre during the early years of spreading the Christian gospel.

Strategic Location:

Okahao town is found in Omusati Region, located at about 75km from Oshakati, 25km from Tsandi and 55km from Outapi. It is an emerging small town that is indeed a strategically located urban centre with various economic development potentials. It is the administrative centre of Okahao constituency, making it the capital of the constituency.

The Town Council:

After its proclamation as a town, Okahao was placed under the capable hands of Okahao Town Council as the local authority responsible for developing the area under its jurisdiction. With the administrative leadership of the office of the Chief Executive Officer.


Why choose us?

Our Councillors


Hon. Immanuel Amutenya


Hon. Julia Katoole


Hon. Cornelia Iiyambula


Hon. Salomon Uutoni


Hon. Jesaya Ekondo


Hon. Hilka Igonda


Hon. Johannes Uushini