Standard Bank rewards Shikongo

04 Nov 2016 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 03 NOV (NAMPA) - Standard Bank Namibia (STB) on Thursday rewarded Paralympian gold medallist Ananias Shikongo with N.dollars 500 000 for him to build a house.
This was announced during the Disability Sports Namibia (DSN) awards ceremony in the capital.
STB Company Secretary, Advocate Sigrid Tjijorokisa said images of Shikongo sitting on his bed in his shack in the Goreangab informal settlement in Windhoek with medals hanging above his head, convinced the executive committee and management of the bank to intervene.
Tjijorokisa said the bank will avail the money through its ‘Buy a Brick’ corporate social investment programme.
Speaking to Nampa after the ceremony, Shikongo thanked the bank and said he was humbled by the gesture.
“This is the year for me to reap what I sowed. I have worked very hard in the past years, and I am happy it is finally paying off,” he said.
Shikongo, who shares a shack with fellow 2016 Paralympian medallist Johannes Nambala, said the house will not be his only, but for the entire Paralympic team members who do not have decent accommodation.
He also recently received a Toyota 4x4 from Jackson Babi from House of Joy Ministries.
The visually impaired athlete won three medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro - one gold and two bronze. Nambala won two silver medals.
Shikongo is the second Paralympian to receive a house as a reward. The first was Johanna Benson who received a house from the government. She also had a street named after her in Walvis Bay, received a diplomatic passport and several other gifts from individuals and companies after winning gold at the 2012 Paralympics in London.
Government is still to pronounce itself on rewards for the 2016 Paralympian medal winners.