Robyn on the rise

Challenges excite Nakaambo

08 February 2019 | People

Justicia Shipena



Robyn Nakaambo was born in Oshakati and raised in Windhoek and Bloemfontein.

She holds a double major degree in media (public relations) and industrial psychology, which she obtained at the University of Namibia (Unam).

Nakaambo is a communications officer for external stakeholders at the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF).

She commenced her work at GIPF in 2014.

Her roles include the updating and maintenance of the funds external social platforms such as its website and Facebook and Instagram pages.

She is a liaison officer between internal and external stakeholders, while also facilitating and executing external stakeholder engagements and coordinating material that is to be disseminated to the public.

Before joining GIPF Nakaambo worked at Energy 100FM as a communications officer and the ­Coca-Cola bottling company as a public relations officer.

She was recently rewarded for being an outstanding performer in the 2017/18 financial year.

Nakaambo told Careers she cannot choose her best career highlight so far, as she celebrates every little achievement as a highlight.

She said she gets excited about challenges because they ensure that she learns something new.

“My job is diverse; I'm exposed to plenty of challenges, from lack of relevant information, deadlines and lack of cooperation from individuals, just to mention a few,” she said.

She said she overcomes her challenges by creating a solution, as the show needs to go on and the job needs to be done.

She added that she asks questions when she does not understand, seeks guidance when the need arises and always asks advice.

Nakaambo said her colleagues in her department are all driven and have a great work ethic.

“I'm blessed to be a part of an amazing team; we are all different but come together so well, as we feed off each other's energy, so we work like a well-oiled machine,” she said.

She said young people should realise that the only competition they should be in is with themselves.

She added youth should always strive to be better than they were yesterday and refrain from comparing their journey to someone else's.

“You're unique and that's your power, so run your own race at your own pace,” she said.

Nakaambo is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys cooking so much that she is a self-proclaimed chef. She gets her inspiration from the little things in life.

She added that she does not share her future plans, but rather works toward her goals in silence, and only speaks when the achievements have been reached.

Besides being in the office, she is also a business owner. She owns Superlative Virgin Hair - an online boutique that sells Brazilian and synthetic hair as well as mink fur lashes.

She is also an award-winning TV presenter.

She presented the 2018 Simply You Magazine Awards and is also the presenter of Whata-Lifestyle - a weekly lifestyle programme which airs at 20:30 on Saturdays on NBC.

She has also been the master of ceremonies for various events.