Women in Agriculture
Class of 2020
Bachelor of Agriculture
Founder: Women in Agriculture Namibia
Ms Helvi Shindume joined the agricultural industry, aiming to create economic independence for Namibia, through food security.
During her 4th year she worked at Namibia Dairies since it was a requirement to have a job attachment. “I acquired practical skills in diagnosing livestock, treatment, feeding and many other activities on the farm,” she said.
As a woman aspiring to build a career in agriculture, Helvi is known for instigating and devising original and thought-provoking concepts. In October 2019, she created the Women In Agriculture Namibia (WIAN) club, which aims to strengthen the recognition of women’s efforts in agriculture.
It is the club’s core objective to encourage more women to take part in agriculture by initiating platforms focused on networking, knowledge sharing and training, thereby increasing local agricultural produce. The club has 200 members who are proactively dynamic in their communities, most being small scale farmers that produce for their households, while are being qualified agriculturalists.
Road Analyst: Cecilia Kalola
Cecilia Kalola obtained her Masters of Business Administration 2021, Bachelor of Transport Management 2015 and her Bachelor of Human Resources Management 2008.
NUST contributed to my professional and personal life, because of the skills and knowledge I have gained. Through this, I have developed self understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence. My message to you is to continue studying, since education is the key to success.
Public Relations Expert: Then and Now
Shoki Kandjimi obtained his Bachelor of Journalism and Media Technology, soon thereafter acquired Bachelor of Communications (Honours) in 2019.
“My experience at NUST was empowering and zealous, since I was exposed me to so much in the media and communication industry. I managed to get internship at a newspaper and various public relations firms. One of my highlight at NUST was when I worked at NUST FM as a Communications Manager and a presenter on the Breakfast Show, The Crunch. I enjoyed every moment of my journey at NUST FM.”
At NUST FM I was tasked to manage the communications and programming of the radio station. This enabled me to connect with internal and external stakeholders. I become a better leader who was able to negotiate, network and work with stakeholders and implement campaigns and projects,.
Moreover, I had the privilege of being the Director of Ceremony for NUST’s Spring Graduation in 2019. This was the first time in NUST history for students to host an event of this magnitude. This has contributed to my public speaking skills.
All of these opportunities and engagements groomed me as a media and communications practitioner. Today, I am an experienced and recognised practitioner that play a vital role at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.
Immigration Specialist: Anna-Lucky Katulo
Anna-Lucky Katulo obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2019.
“My journey at NUST started in 2016, and it wasn’t easy. I had to juggle between work life and being a part-time student. Fortunately, through dedication and discipline, I managed to produce newsletters as a result of the skills and expertise I gained through NUST,” she said.
I urge all graduates is to work while you at university. This will be beneficial to your resume, since most employers want someone with experience and expertise in the field before employing them.
Entrepreneur and Linguist: Fransina Mukunisha
Fransina Mukunisha, is a linguist by profession and an entrepreneur in her spare who obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2019. “Obtaining a degree does not come on a silver platter! I faced numerous challenges I recall sleeping a number of times on campus to finish my course, one time. Despite my hardships, I was fortunate enough to gain social media and communications through meeting different backgrounds and perspectives,” she said.
Additionally, her passion for cooking excelled and in 2019 she established my own business, Franisna Golden Trading. “I have gained an abundance of knowledge, skills and experience to help me in my career and personal life in general.
Official Academic Opening 15th March 2021
Melvin Angula is a qualified Systems Administrator who obtained his degree in 2006. He works as a Chief Commercial Officer at MTC. “NUST will always remain special to me I can remember the yellow benches, old Louis Botha chips and Cultural Festivals that kept us social and entertained.” One thing that will always play in the back of my mind, is the day I came for registration. As I left the house, my mother said, “you can be anything in this world, but never be anything less than me”.
Melvin advises new and senior students that after NUST, there is a world full of possibilities, but to always remember what your purpose is. “Aim to grow and develop whilst you are here, and step out of your comfort zone. Study what you enjoy and be passionate about it”.
NUST Graduate one of top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders
Former NUST student, Toini Amutenya, who graduated from the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences in 2019 was astounded when she received a message from the Top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders. The message conveyed that she was successfully chosen to serve as one of the members after being nominated anonymously. The charismatic Amutenya sat down with NUST Brief to share her exciting story.
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Alumni AGM Event 2nd November 2019
Peneyambeko Ndapandaomwene Johannes is an ambitious and resourceful young woman whose primary focus is making a difference amongst those with limited access to opportunities. She is boasts of varied interests and creative pursuits. Peneyambeko is also a strong advocate for personal development and growth. She prides herself in her amazing ability to work with individuals from all walks of life. She received a degree in Health Information Systems Management from the Namibia University of Science and Technology and is currently employed as a data clerk with ITECH Namibia. When she is not immersing herself in her busy working schedule, she spends her time reading and learning new languages.
Official Academic Opening 10 Feb 2020
Ms Toni Sam is an accountant by profession, who works at the Office of the President. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration in 2014 at NUST. “My time at NUST was quite hectic as I had to balance work and studies this meant time management and planning”, she said. She remembers having to jungle in between lectures and work whilst having to deal with the woes of public transit between work and university. “Being at NUST was indeed a stepping stone
into my professional career as it build my self- confidence which now makes it easy for me to talk and write”, she said. To date, she writes extensively about finance, politics, culture and many of her articles have appeared in The Namibian.
NUST Career Fair
Joram Shifa is a human resources administrative intern by profession, who works at Erongo Marine. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2014. Soon thereafter, he obtained his Honours Degree in Marketing in 2019. “My time at NUST allowed me to focus on my leadership skills which I polished during my term as the Vice President of the NUST-ED society” he said. He remembers how his Business Simulation class was indeed an eye opener. “It has capacitated my ability to innovate”, he said. As a NUST Drama Club actor and mobiliser, his creativity was showcased by a performance at the National Theatre of Namibia in September 2014 on Gender Based Violence.
Joram urges young people to lead the pursuit of finding solutions of society’s shortcomings and he is a practising Afroptimist (a firm believer in the future and potential of the African continent), whose passion is to work towards the realising of the economic integration of Africa on a global scale.
NUST Career Fair
Keith Handura is a certified chartered accountant and business development consultant, who is the founder of Pahee Consulting. He obtained his certificate in Business Model Generation (NBII) IN 2019. “Getting this certificate empowered me to start up my own business, as I have a passion to help entrepreneurs through business development, training, leadership and mentorship sessions,” he said.
Through Pahee Consulting, Keith hopes to make a valuable contribution in building a more conducive start-up ecosystem that supports and grows business that are limited by traditional barriers to market entry and growth.
Mavis Braga is a qualified Civil Engineer who obtained her degree in 2019. She works as Marketing Executive at Future Media Holdings and is also the Director of the One Economy Foundation. She is the Founder of EM Love Foundation and Ehaveco Events. “My time at NUST was nothing short of exciting and proved to be an opportunity of a lifetime. Engineering was a challenging field that moulded my character into an analytical thinker where I learnt to work under pressure and become disciplined,” she said. She remembers hosting the Cultural Festival and Hostel Ball which paved the way to her success in public speaking. I had the pleasure of working with a team of lecturers who were dedicated. “There are three lecturers I will remain grateful to Mr Zulu, my first-year statistics lecturer, Mr Lufuma, whose was incredibly patient and Mr Moyo, whose style was easily understood,” she said.
Outstanding Corporate Communicator
Hilya Nangombe Mhani is a qualified communications practitioner who obtained her degree in 2015. Soon thereafter, she obtained her honours in communications in 2018. She works as a Corporate Communication Practitioner at Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Hilya holds vast experience in Stakeholder Relationship management, Communications, Corporate Social Investment, and Events/Campaign management.
“My NUST experience made me grow in many ways I couldn’t have imagined; I have gained practical experience in current affairs and communication. She remembers her communications class as have had amazing people and taught her how to make new connections. “I have become a confident public speaker, exercise empathy and have emotional intelligence when dealing with my colleagues and clients,” she said.
Dr Mohammed Shehu: Media Veteran
Dr Mohammed Shehu, is a qualified informatics specialist, who obtained his doctorate in 2019. He is a digital strategist, copywriter, keynote note speaker and social media practitioner. As the head of social media at Mo She Media, his greatest passion lies within developing social media strategies, entrepreneurship, design principles and digital transformation. He is also the founding editor of Grammar & Flow.
“NUST taught me the power of research and how to apply it to the business world. Study a subject you enjoy, and the money will come,” he said. Having lived in six countries and worked with some of the biggest brands on the continent, Dr Shehu brings to the table a globalised perspective, big-picture thinking and incisive insight on building a successful brand.
Marvellous Shilongo: Beauty and Brains
Marvellous Shilongo, who studied economics graduated with an economics degree in 2019, is now self-employed. She is currently pursuing her honours. Marvellous, indeed has a story to tell as she reigned as Miss NUST and Miss First Year in 2016. Soon thereafter, she was elected as SRC president in 2018.“Thinking about my time, at NUST brings back fond memories of yellow benches and sweet chilli hotdogs. My interactions with students during my SRC tenure gave me insight into all the different challenges Namibian students face at higher education institutions,” she said.