Madam Pohamba receives award from China

07 Mar 2015 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) – Namibian First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba on Friday received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Chinese Embassy for her unremitting efforts in promoting the Namibia-China friendship.
Presenting the award during a moving ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in Windhoek, Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang described Pohamba as a great female leader of the Namibian nation and a true friend of the Chinese people.
“As a revolutionist, you dedicated yourself to the nation's struggle for independence and freedom and fought side-by-side with heroes and heroines of this country,” Shunkang stated.
He said Pohamba witnessed the blood-forged brotherhood between Namibia and China during the Namibian war for independence from South Africa.
“As First Lady, you have fulfilled your unique role to complement the efforts of the Namibian government, in the promotion of quality care for women and children, and empowerment of vulnerable social groups such as widows and HIV/AIDS affected orphans,” he said.
“Thank you for your long-standing support to the Embassy of China in Namibia. You are leaving the post of First Lady, but I believe our true friendship will last forever,” he said.
Pohamba, the wife of outgoing President Hifikepunye Pohamba, will in less than two weeks hand over the post to incoming First Lady Monica Geingos, the wife of president-elect Hage Geingob.
Penehupifo has been Namibia’s First Lady for the past 10 years.
On her part, she thanked the Embassy of China for the honour bestowed upon her.
“It is a great honour and I am very much delighted for the award,” she said.
The First Lady said her responsibilities were very challenging in terms of meeting the expectations of the people.
However, with the financial, material and moral support received from China as well as from the Namibian business community, she was able to make a meaningful and positive impact in the lives of the under-privileged Namibian men and women and on the African continent.
Madam Pohamba was born in Okatale in the Ohangwena Region in the Oshikango Constituency, and attended her primary and secondary school at the Odibo village.
She was a schoolteacher at St George’s Diocesan School in Windhoek and a professional midwife after training in Tanzania and Jamaica. Before her husband became president, she practised as a midwife and registered nurse.
During her tenure as First Lady, Pohamba had advocated for the empowerment of women to enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the development of society and has fought for the eradication of violence and other forms of injustices against women.
She has also been active in supporting maternal and child healthcare, and also in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
On Heroes' Day 2014, she was conferred the Most Brilliant Order of the Sun, First Class.