Helvi is an award-winning author of children’s books, Instructional Technology Designer at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Founder of Yambeka Children Media (YCM) a community Social Enterprise created to promote African languages, tales and the culture of reading. Helvi completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology at Wilberforce University in Ohio, and a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Illinois. As a young mother Helvi struggled to find toddler’s books written in Oshiwambo or containing the tales she grew up with. Unable to find anything that was appealing to young children, she decided to develop her own range of colorful reads reflecting her cultural heritage. Since then she has written books targeting children of 0 – 13 years in English, Oshiwambo and Swahili, and looks forwards to having them translated into as many African languages as possible. To date she has published more than 13 children books. Helvi has attended and exhibited at international book fairs in Cape Town, Nairobi, and the world biggest book fair in Frankfurt.
Inspiration for literature came
earlier on during her High School
years, through her involvement in
school activities such as the Debate
Club as well as Drama.
Communications amongst her
qualifications, Agnes regards her
passion for literature to have
directed her career path into Human
Sciences and her involvement in
community projects where she
gets exposed to both reading and
Aini Niinkoti is an independent researcher who focuses on range of issues related to leadership, arts, entrepreneurship and innovation. Niinkoti also studied fashion and ceramic designing, IT and holds a number of professional diplomas from Nokia Academy. She regards her late father Rev. Elia Niinkoti as her true source of inspiration, his supportiveness, high level of integrity and analytical thinking continues to be the greatest influence in her life and she decided to carry on his legacy of reading and writing in unique way. She graduated with an Executive Master of Business Administration in 2018, from the University of Turku, Turku School of Economics in Finland.
Jordaania Andima is a lecturer at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. She specializes in photojournalism, community journalism and Multimedia journalism (Print and Online). Her community engagement include promoting access to free libraries for pupils and learner in rural communities. In the summer of 2019, her team and a US-based non-profit organization (Footstep for Africa) donated a community library and resources center to the Nghiteke Primary School in Ohangwena region with hopes to promote and encourage a culture of reading within these communities.
Prof. Rewai Makamani is an Associate Professor, Head of Department and Associate Dean: Research and Innovation at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). He has taught at the University of Zimbabwe among others. He holds a PhD degree from UNISA (Applied Linguistics and Communication) and a Master of Arts in African Languages and Literature, Master of Arts in Language for Specific Purposes, Bachelor of Arts Honours and Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Zimbabwe including a number of professional qualifications. He has supervised and examined students’ research projects in Language, Literature and Communication. He has published book chapters and articles in peer reviewed journals. His research interests are in Text Linguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis of land, cultural, courtroom, parliamentary, media and healthcare communication discourses.
Founder of Divine Graphix and Web Designs cc and Namibian award winner for Best Graphic Designer and Printing Company in 2014 and 2017, Sem David has more than 10 years of experience in the designing field. His career began at the tender age of 12. He is passionate about Graphic Designing and Web Development. Sem has a Diploma in Arts and Media Design from the College of the Arts as well as a National Diploma in Multimedia and Web Development from the Udemy College in the United Kingdom. Being a Graphic Designer is not limited to designing only and Sem makes sure that every client’s experience is enhanced by going the extra mile. In order to contribute towards Vision 2030, he tries to pass his knowledge to the youth by training and encouraging them to fulfil their potential.
Nadia is a passionate literature enthusiast who enjoys reading sensible material and thought-provoking poetry in her spare time. Born into a media-orientated family, it is inevitable that she is also a keen writer. Whilst busy obtaining her Bachelors Degree in Media Technology, specialising in audio and video production, Nadia soon began her journey in the media industry in 2010 as a Video Producer. She has also trained candidates on video production alongside Executive Director, Bob Butler from Butler Media and serves on UNESCO committees. Being a former Multimedia Journalist has introduced many opportunities to Nadia where she was able to work on projects such as Trustco Star Performer where she was the Assistant Producer. She has completed an assortment of works for companies such as First National Bank of Namibia, the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Social Security Commission to mention a few. Nadia is a stern believer that knowledge is key in stimulating societal growth, thus a reading culture is imperative in building an excellent foundation for Namibia to reach a peak in literary prosperity.
Prof Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, is a Professor in the Computer Science Department in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at Namibia University of Science and Technology. She is a multiple award winner (Namibian researcher and scientist of the year 2016), world renowned for her work in co-designing technologies with indigenous and marginalized communities in Namibia
Prof Heike Winschiers-Theophilus