… BH’s daughter shares her passion for business
AS the daughter of one of the country’s prominent businessman, Ben Hauwanga, who is affectionately known as BH, Anna Hauwanga (AH) took a leaf from her father’s book by becoming an accomplished businesswoman in the northern town of Ongwediva, in her own right.
Apart from managing some of her father’s businesses, like Bennies Entertainment Park, in the northern town, Anna also runs her own hair and beauty business; Hair by Diva and Beauty by Diva.
She offers various services, including selling hair, and make-up products, as well as make-up lessons, amongst others.
Bennies Entertainment Park is one of the most popular accommodation establishments in the North.
Guests can enjoy an on-site bar and free Wi-Fi is provided, while free private parking is available.
The rooms come with a flat screen TV. Certain rooms also feature a seating area, where you can relax.
In an interview with Confidente’s Marianne Nghidengwa (MN) recently, Anna talked about being an entrepreneur and how, just like her father, she is fascinated with business.
She sold sweets at her primary school to be able to buy extra items for herself.
After completing high school, she pursued her passion for beauty and hair.
MN: Who is Anna Hauwanga?
AH: Anna Hauwanga was born in Swakopmund on 10 December 1989, as the first child of a family five siblings. I went to school in Windhoek and completed my matric at Centaurus High School in 2008. I have a Certificate in Travel & Tourism. Within a few years of obtaining the certificate, I found my other passion, which is make-up and hair. I made a business out of it, which today is very successful.
MN: Briefly tell us about your upbringing?
AH: Growing up was good. My father is the strong backbone of our family and he taught us to work hard, an above all to be loyal and honest with anything in life. Growing up, I used to sell sweets when I was 14 years old, to pay for my extra needs, because I loved nice things. My father and my uncle, Dese Amunyela, taught me not to depend on anyone. They taught me to be focused.
MN: Your father Ben Hauwanga is a prominent businessman. What have you learnt from him in terms of business?
AH: My father taught me to put God first, to work hard and to never give up on my dreams. He is a successful and humble man. I am a fulltime employee of his at one of his company, Bennies Entertainment Park, making me responsible for his hard work. I manage Bennies Entertainment Park. Every piece of advice I need, I ask him for; he is always there to correct me when I make mistakes.
MN: Tell us about your business and the services you offer?
AH: I am a part-time self-taught make-up artist. I opened a shop selling hair. I love what I do and would do it over again.
MN: What are challenges and opportunities facing your business?
AH: The challenges are accepting the client’s options and the early hours, because time is never on my side, at times.
MN: How do you juggle the two businesses successfully?
AH: I have a good planning system, which is why I can manage both businesses, as part of a daily schedule.
MN: What advice do you have for the youth, so that they can become business-minded and create employment?
AH: The youth should learn to stand up and not depend on anyone or the government, and they should work hard.
MN: What don’t people know about you?
AH: I am caring, loving, hardworking, open-minded and a God-fearing lady.
MN: What do you do for a little fun?
AH: I am not an outgoing person. In my free time, I spend quality time with my family and friends. I also love swimming.
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