The award is granted to a student who, regardless of his/her circumstances managed to excel and graduate on time with outstanding results. Great emphasis is placed on persons from previously disadvantaged indigenous groups or those with disabilities.
With the many challenges faced by Otto, he managed to keep up with his schoolwork and often took on leadership roles in class. His proactive approach to life and his sense of responsibility gave him a competitive edge.
He recently wrote an article for one of the local newspapers encouraging other students to work hard and to become the change they would like to see in the world. Otto is always using his social media platforms to share job advertisements with his peers in all fields.
With role models such as his parents, his brother and others such as the likes of Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and Johnny Smith, the current CEO of TransNamib, Otto lives by the motto “Welcome failure, accept rejections and setbacks in order to invite success.”
The Head of the Marketing and Logistics Department, Dr Efigenia Semente, pledged the department’s support for each student, ensuring that they complete their studies with relative ease. With this award, the department aims to encourage other students to reach out to their lecturers and the department leadership for assistance, should they experience challenges along their studies at NUST.