AS a young girl growing up amongst seven brothers in northern Namibia, Foibe Uahengo launched her own dreams of a future in the mining field with the help of her father who introduced her to science related subjects. But it was only in her second year at varsity that she discovered her passion for metallurgy, a branch of science and technology concerned with the properties of metals, their production and purification.
Foibe is currently a lecturer in the Department of Mining and Process Engineering at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). Her teaching areas are in Hydrometallurgy and Chemistry.
Before becoming a lecturer, she served as a Graduate Metallurgist, Metallurgist Lab Supervisor, Process Technician and Chemist at Rossing Uranium. She also worked as a Physical Science teacher for Grade 11 and 12 learners at Luderitz Secondary School.
She holds a BSc Degree in Chemistry and Molecular & Physiological Biology from the University of Namibia and an MSc Degree in Extractive Metallurgy from Stellenbosch, South Africa.
In an interview with Confidente’s Marianne Nghidengwa recently, Foibe, who has three publications under her belt in various topics in mining and process engineering, spoke passionately about her career, instilling love for the field in the girl child as well as her love for singing to unwind.
MN: Who is Foibe Uahengo?
FU: I am a 34 year-old woman who strives to be at peace with all, where possible. I was born and grew up in Okambebe village in northern Namibia, where I got my primary school education. I then attended Mweshipandeka High School. I am currently employed by the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) as a lecturer in the Department of Mining and Process Engineering.
I am a woman of strength, hardworking, full of enthusiasm and always keen to take on challenging tasks. I believe in quality through smart and hard work, both individually and as a team.
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