Past Winner Updates | February 20, 2019

A Young Man Full of Ideas

Photo Credit: Kennedy Liswani

Born in Lubango, Angola 34 years ago, Kennedy Liswani is one young man destined for greatness. He started primary school in Oshakati and moved to Windhoek in 1994 to finish his primary education at People’s Primary School (PPS) and completed his secondary schooling at Ella Du Plessis before moving to South-Africa for tertiary education. Having four sisters and a brother, life was fun. “Growing up was really adventurous and difficult because my parents moved around a lot from one country to another with their diplomatic missions,’’ he says further pointing out that “food was always on the table and I had a good early childhood education and that to me is all that mattered’’. Now what would life be without someone that you look up to. “ I’m inspired by Apple founder Steve Jobs for his bold way of thinking and his crazy idea that he could change the world, and look at the world now’’, says Liswani. “I mean the man literally invented the smartphone as we know it today, and it’s difficult to imagine the world without his ideas and it was he that made me realise that everything we see with our naked eyes is created by ordinary human beings just like us, hence my belief that I can do everything”, stresses Liswani. Changing the world through innovation is something Kennedy Liswani strives towards, pointing out that “being an entrepreneur in Namibia is not relatively difficult – yes it has its challenges but I would honestly say it depends on your outlook and how you position yourself and I for one do not consider myself as a Namibian entrepreneur but rather as a Pan-African entrepreneur”.

 

Paheja Siririka

Mrs. Johanna Cloete –Managing Director of GEN Namibia since 2015. She is part of a community of doers and makers supporting startups and scale ups… About the author