Business guru, Nambango, buried at Ohaingu

Renowned businessman and head of the 16 Onambango business outlets around Namibia and Zambia, Johannes Shiyukifeni Haidika ‘Nambango’ Shihepo was buried at Ohaingu village in the Ohangwena Region on Saturday.

Shihepo died in a Windhoek hospital on 13 October due to illness at the age of 64.

Those who spoke during his burial event described him as business intelligent and wise, who financially and materially assisted many of his counterparts who found their businesses going through tough times.

Chairperson of the football league in the region, Sammy Mushelenga told mourners that Shihepo significantly committed his resources to sports activities such as football and running races.

“We lost a helping hand, the man who managed to provide funds and food to the boys of our regional team of The Namibian Newspaper Cup,” Mushelenga said.

Shihepo started his business with street vending after returning from exile in 1989. A local traditional leader, Djeimo Popyeinawa shared with mourners that Shihepo started his vending with the selling of sweets and clothes in Windhoek after receiving his pension money from First National Bank where he worked as a messenger.

“He advanced from being a street vendor and established informal business outlets at places such as Katutura Single Quarters and Ombili in Windhoek, and later moved to northern Namibia after one of his friends advised him to do so,” Popyeinawa said.

He pointed out that Shihepo owned several formal business outlets in northern Namibia at Oshikango, Omafo, Ohangwena, Oniipa, Ondangwa, Ongwediva and Oshakati.

Shihepo was also a freedom fighter, receiving his military training at the Tobias Hainyeko centre in Angola in 1987 before his return to Namibia at the end of the liberation war in 1989.

He is survived by his six siblings, 13 children and two grandchildren. His wife, Paulina, died in 2012.

Source: Namibia Press Agency