AFTER attending various courses in Namibia and South Africa on people’s skills including on conflict management and resolution, emotional intelligence and organisational skills amongst others, Inamuvulwa Willibard (IW) is ploughing back into the community through the launching of an inspirational talk show. The show will tackle untold stories of ordinary Namibians, in the hope of inspiring the next person to live better.
The inaugural show, which will be launched on 26 May, is expected to showcase different stages of Inamuvulwa’s life, with the hope that her story inspires others to make informed decisions.
Speaking to Confidente’s Marianne Nghidengwa (MN) recently, Inamuvulwa said that the show will also serve as a platform for people to share their stories to revive, change and rebuild someone else’s circumstances.
The mother of two further indicated that the show is expected to be a platform where people can learn from each other through their life stories; with this she hopes will minimize social ills devastating the country. “My idea is that the show will trigger someone to see, think and behave better.”
MN: Briefly tell us about yourself and your upbringing?
IW: My name is Inamuvulwa which means ‘do not get tired’ Willibard. I was born in Windhoek but I grew up in Tsumeb with my grandmother, who taught me a lot about my tradition. I attended Opawa Primary School as well as Otjikoto Senior Secondary School and I completed my Grade 12 at Etosha High school. I am blessed with two beautiful children, Alegria and Franklin. I am the founder of AleFrank Consultancy Pty Ltd, a business I named after my children as a legacy I am going to leave for them. I worship at Model Prayer Ministries International headed by my spiritual parents Bishop Henry Ndozi-Okia and Maria Ndozi-Okia. I have five beautiful smart sisters and one brother.
MN: Tell us about the establishment of AleFrank Consultancy PTY LTD and services it offers?
IW: The whole idea of AleFrank started in 2012. I must thank my ex-husband for pushing and helping me to come up with the consultancy. I offer soft skills training such as coaching, mentoring and master of ceremonies to mention a few.
I must mention that I could not do much with my company since I was working and studying at the same time. I worked for Bank Windhoek since 2002 for 12 years, of which eight years I was in the training department teaching staff members ‘soft skills’ which is also known as ‘people skills’. I was a training facilitator and consultant for soft skills and the bank entrusted me to train its staff at all branches across the country. These skills included customer service, selling and product knowledge of the bank, communication strategies, business writing and telephone etiquette. I then moved to MTC in 2015 until 2017 and I was doing exactly the same thing training MTC staff across the country on soft skills. I developed, with the assistance of the stakeholders of MTC, customer service training, selling training and I left them with supportive communication training. I did some work with Medu-Letu Graphic, assisting them with training need analysis and I also recommended training for their staff on leadership and work ethics. I have also done talks with Xwama restaurant staff where I did an inspirational talk on customer service.
MN: What are challenges and opportunities facing the consultancy?
IW: I am sitting with ideas upon ideas and the whole formation of my company is to change the mindset of my fellow Namibian people. It is about a paradigm shift and I know that it is not going to be easy.
I am fortunate enough to have been exposed to powerful training, thanks to both Bank Windhoek and MTC and I feel the time has come for me to plough back. I must confess that to acquire these skills is very expensive. I am however taking the skills closer to my people. I am lowering my price tag with the emphasis of changing the mindset of the specific individual. As a woman of God, I live by many scriptures but the one that stood out for me is Roman 12:3-8, that he the Almighty God has given us various abilities which means God is fair. Gone are the days of blaming how you grew up, how unfair this world is, how government is supposed to provide jobs, which is true but what about those natural abilities that God gave you from birth? I am facing all the challenges that others are facing which is funding. The opportunities are there to make it but without money, it is really hard but not impossible. I leave by the scripture Matthew 19:26 which suggest that what is impossible in the eyes of man, God Almighty will make it possible. I am not ashamed to say I am a born again Christian but most importantly I work for God, I am a servant of God and I shall be one for the rest of my life and I trust God.
MN: Tell us about your talk show on the cards.
IW: I am finally launching the talk show on 26 May in Windhoek. The show, which I am hoping will air on local television, will first showcase the untold stories of Inamuvulwa Willibard. My life is a living testimony. I am still standing despite all the challenges that I have gone through, just like any other person in this life.
The show will have a second part which is the ‘Thy Self ’ segment. Everyone has an untold story. There are many untold stories of many Namibians and non-Namibians that can uplift someone. It is my mission to unpack those stories and hopefully together, we can use our resources in unity. The talk show will address ‘Thy Self ’, which merely means yourself in layman terms. You are the determining factor of your life. There are many challenges that we are facing in the country and the world at large.
The unemployment rate is standing at 34 percent and roughly 64 000 graduates are graduating to unemployment. I might not be accurate but at least one has an idea. The show is like a paradigm shift, which means it is a way of looking at things differently and that requires thinking outside the box. We have a lot to do in meeting the government half way, whether one is Namibian or not. For as long as you are in Namibia, it means you are contributing to our GDP and GNP.
MN: What advice do you have for the youth, fellow women on becoming entrepreneurs?
IW: My advice firstly to the youth is that you need to know, be and love ‘Thy Self ’. We claim to be 90 percent Christians thus it is important to pray, praise and worship the Maker each and every day of your life. Apart from praying, invest in your time. Time does not wait for anyone. Turn your Sunday sessions into something productive that will shape your tomorrow.
Invest in your education and acquire various skills. The corporate world is about the right fit but your curriculum vitae will say a lot about your attitude towards life. To my fellow women, I like what my sister says that the future is women. We have our First Lady as a living testimony. She is business-minded and yet she carries such an amazing heart and she is showing us what you can become as a woman, d e s p i t e the chall e n g e s we face in a world d om i n a t ed by men. Becoming an entrepreneur is the way to go, tenders are good but it is better to rather become an entrepreneur and work yourself up, you can do it. We need to carry a positive mind-set as women, by supporting other women and killing the spirit of envy and jealousy as it will destroy us. Let us celebrate being women, let us unite and support each other. Let us empower other women that are coming up and striving to run their small businesses. Let us be a blessing for others in kind and in monetary value.
MN: Just what do you do for a little fun?
IW: I love spending time with my family. We cook and dance a lot. We celebrate even the smallest achievements. We value each moment and we support each other despite the fact that we all lead busy lives.
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