What started as the celebration of individuals in the Namibian business community in 2004 has now boosted entrepreneurs' profiles.
05 November 2018 | Business
“Our mission is to highlight the lives and careers of achievers, recognising their contribution to the economy,” said managing director of GEN Namibia, Johanna Cloete. She said that the primary goal of the NBHF is to stimulate and inspire the Namibian youth to become entrepreneurial-minded.
The event focused on a remarkable society of business leaders and the outstanding people who have worked tirelessly to contribute to the Namibian economy.
“The chosen Laureates serve as advocates supporting our country's myriad activities to outrival economic challenges,” she said.
• Ingrid Kloppers-Mettler (managing director at the International College Lungua), for her diligence, tenacity and contribution to educational growth in Namibia;
• Adriaan Grobler (founder of the Lithon group of companies), whose business model is based on making a physical and social impact on peoples' lives;
• Amos Shiyuka (chief executive of Trustco Mobile), who was recognised and inducted into the Namibian Business Hall of Fame for his contribution to the economy and job creation;
• JH Thorburn was recognised for becoming the youngest construction business owner in the Rio Tinto International Mining Group at the age of 26;
• After a near fatal vehicle accident, Paulus Ndume thought he would never recover completely, but thanks to his determination, he managed to open the Ndume Mall in Kuisebmond.
• Dr Banda Shilimela was recognised for building his empire around guarding, alarm systems and tracking technology, monitoring systems and business administration. He was recently honoured with an honorary doctorate; and
• Ujama Mushimba, who was recognised for establishing Madawas Holdings, Black Diamond Investments, Bombex Investments, NamGem Diamond Factory and Kenako Investments, which owns her personal pride and joy, Wing It Diner.
The emerging entrepreneurs included Anita Gertze, Anna Mwafila, Diana Namases, Jonathan Kock, Kennedy Liswani, Pedro da Fonseca and Sandra Mwiihangele.