…As they push to make Africa better for all
IT’S a new year and so resolutions are renewed once again. While some say it’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after one has swept up the confetti, others say it’s not impossible. Confidente thus took time to interview some of the country’s influential women who made headlines in the previous year on picking and sticking with their resolutions for 2017.
Lize Ehlers – Singer/Actress
On a personal level, I’ll follow a quote by Mother Theresa that says, “If you want to make a change in the world, go home and love your family”. That will be my mantra for the year. So I want to spend as much time with my husband, children and entire family. On a professional level, I will be taking my music to the community. They need to hear my music whether its outside Windhoek, Namibia or Africa.
Dr Baby Kaurivi-Katunahange –State Veterinarian
My New Year’s resolution is mainly no resolutions. I made eating healthy, exercise and meditating part of my lifestyle for some time now and thus my goal this year is mainly to embrace life and to take one day at a time. Last year reminded me that life is too short and can throw rough patches in your way. One should strive to surround oneself and spend more time with people you love and cherish rather than wasting time with negativities. Professionally, I’m still going to strive to make a huge difference in people’s lives through their animals.
Twapewa Kadhikwa –Businesswoman
I’ve gone through everything in life, people know my story. Right now I’m in a place of excellence so I don’t have time for delays or mistakes. After excellence, comes phenomenal, so expect everything phenomenal from me. With my upcoming entrepreneurship programme, I’m releasing power-packed seminars for both young and old entrepreneurs. I’m doing this for my community, country, continent and the universe. On a personal note, I have been following an all-rounded approach to health which includes emotional, psychological and spiritual health. It’s all about the mind, body and spirit. I try to balance those aspects of my health.
Reverend Maria Kapere –Ordained Pastor
As a nation and as African people, we face challenges that are unique. We have to focus and I pray to God to reveal how as leaders we can collectively look at the good we have and our weaknesses and address those areas for our development. My concern is our institutional capacities, a problem we face across all sectors. We need to analyse ourselves and find ways on how we want to develop. We are trying to compete with developed and industrialised nations. Our circumstances are different. I’m in a church, yet I noticed we still manage our churches like mother churches do. Church leaders should see things from a just and righteous way of God to positively contribute towards the development process with our political leaders. We cannot jump that process. African churches should respond to African problems. That will be my focus for the year.
Eunice Ipinge – SPWC Secretary
My time will be devoted to Swapo activities this year, more so because its congress year to ensure that my duties and interests of women are taken into consideration. I’m also going to take care of myself and my family.
Sally aka Boss Madam – Singer
This year on a professional level I’ll be aiming higher than I did last year to be more visible on the international market. I’ll push harder in that direction while on a personal level I’ll make more time for myself and my family.
Rachel Kalipi – Entrepreneur
On a professional level, I will be launching the Maano mentors, an online mentorship platform. The objective is to support mentorship initiatives, career guidance and life skills training for both students and upcoming professionals to enable them to reach their goals. This will be achieved by mobilising experienced professionals across the country to volunteer as mentors. More information about this mentorship programme can be found at www. maanofoundation.org and potential mentors and mentees can register online there. On a business level, I will be expanding and growing the Mahangu cookies brand, after a successful reintroduction in 2016. Lastly, on personal level I have always believed in a balanced lifestyle with a solid emphasis on strong and sustainable relationships with people.
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