Flying Namibia’s flag high

24 year old Cecilia ‘Sassi’ Andowa, a 4th year dentistry student at People's Friendship University of Russia is known to be a true representative of the Namibian culture.

28 November 2017 | Education

Tunohole Mungoba





Speaking to The Zone, Andowa is multi-talented and does not limit herself to different challenges. “Over here I go by the name of Sass which is the name of my brand, simply because I am exposed to a lot of platforms, whether it has to do with educational research, stage appearances and varies campaigns. This includes meeting a lot of people from all over the world.

Born in Outapi, Andowa matriculated at Windhoek High School and is a young woman who tries by all means not to be simple. “I like to think of myself as anti-normal, which means I basically look at what is in the norm and do the exact opposite and I love the reactions I get from that because I strive to be unique and extraordinary,” she says. Deciding between studying towards a degree in medicine, engineering and dentistry, Andowa chose the latter and also got involved with interior designing, marketing, event planning and organising. “These are side line hobbies that I still aim to pursue, but as to how exactly I landed on dentistry, one could say it was a matter of situation, my mom or just destiny. Either way I'm loving it and I couldn't have made a better decision.”

Andowa says she has been exposed to the practice since first year and she enjoys interacting with patients and offering them solutions on their oral wellbeing. “I am considering specialising into paediatrics because per my experience, working with kids is definitely the most challenging, but it is the most fulfilling. I just love it when they walk in with a teary frown but leave with a smile, which neither they nor their parents expected,” she says.

She listed adapting as challenge number one when it comes to living in a different country. “Adapting to the new lifestyles, new people, living conditions and way of life was quite difficult. “Even the food is different and if you are not open to change, this is when silly things like being home sick get you,” she says. She also mentioned making friends was one of the things she struggled with as she tried to “rate people against the friends I felt I had lost.” “Other than that, I like it here as it is really is a third world on its own. Everything is bigger, greater and faster. The city never sleeps.”



So how does she balance it all? “Fashion and all forms of art has always been part of me. I started making and selling jewellery from when I was 13. Both my parents were seamstresses and I never got satisfaction from the clothes on the shelves,” she says the vice president of the African Women’s Committee. “As vice president, I have worked with together with the African Students Association countless times. With these positions I always opt to showcase Africa, not only Namibia, in a creative fun and interactive way and I was honoured to showcase my Oshiwambo sassXwear line to the world.”

After being crowned Miss Africa-Moscow last year, Andowa is grateful for the experience. Taking part in the pageant was amazing. A truly beautiful experience not only to have won, but to experience the whole making of it. The organisation and the willpower of the other contestants as well as what they had to offer and how they represented their countries.”

“When I was on that stage, I wasn't Sassi Andowa. I was Namibia and that was fabulously thrilling. It was the kick start of my entire self-Namibia awareness campaign. When I leave here, I want Africans, Europeans, Asians to everyone will know what Namibia truly is,” says the proud Namibian. Although she has modelled before, her true passion lays backstage. “I get so much adrenaline from the build-up the weeks before any event. The running around and making sure everything runs smoothly and calculating possible hiccups before they happen. I have always been an organiser, I was in high school I founded Miss Outapi Teen which is a beauty pageant that was aimed at empowering and bringing together young girls in my town,” she explains.

Her future plans include touring her region during the upcoming holidays and visiting schools and introducing a career day. She would like to work with different stakeholders and individuals who will be able to assist her to contact her and make it happen. “The aim is to have a sit down session with grades 8 to 12 about their futures and opportunities that await them. As well as sharing basic skills like how to perfect a CV or job interview, life after high school and its challenges and so forth.”

Similar News

 

The man behind a girl’s best friend

23 hours ago | Youth

Tunohole MungobaBorn 26 years ago, Richardlee Shoombe is an innovative being that expresses his creativity through his jewellery pieces. After walking away with the Shining...

Implementing new acquired knowledge

23 hours ago | Education

Tunohole MungobaShoki Kandjimi, a youth leader and radio presenter, recently returned from Accra, Ghana after being invited by The West Africa Institute for Civil Society...

Khomas teachers awarded for hard work

23 hours ago | Education

Michelline NawatisesThe Khomas Regional Council held an awards ceremony for the end-of-year 2017 JSC, NSSCO and NSSCH results.The Khomas Region promised to move up with...

A year in the life of Maltas 2018 members

23 hours ago | Education

Since the inception of Maltas in 2011, students from various universities auditioned to secure a year’s membership in the club. This year’s dynamic and vibrant...

Drive with reason this holiday season

23 hours ago | Education

Justicia Shipena The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund is mandated by the MVA Fund Act to design, develop, promote and implement motor vehicle...

The Windhoek Pop-Up Festival bring youth together

23 hours ago | Youth

Windhoek Pop-Up Festival is a bi-annual music and exhibition event aimed at bringing visibility to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in a recreational environment. The...

Changing lives

23 hours ago | Education

Michelline Nawatises The aim of Miss High School finalist Reschelle Beukes’ project was to aid Mount View High School pupils who are currently taught in...

Goeie kuierwenke vir die feestyd

23 hours ago | Education

Michelline NawatisesTieners is dikwels veral oor feestye weens die verkeerde redes in die nuus: Ongelukke, misdaad, verdwyning en selfs die dood.Moenie deel van dié statistiek...

Take them out to play

23 hours ago | Education

Vinoliah Mangaba For a number of children from orphanages in Windhoek, the world outside is not quite well-known. Schedules are super-strict. Schools are not far...

Latest News

The joy and love in...

23 hours ago | Columns

Justicia Shipena Some people dislike December because they hate hearing Christmas music everywhere they go, or because standing in those long lines to purchase your...

by Octavia Tsibes

Implementing new acquired knowledge

23 hours ago | Education

Tunohole MungobaShoki Kandjimi, a youth leader and radio presenter, recently returned from Accra, Ghana after being invited by The West Africa Institute for Civil Society...

by Tunohole Mungoba

Khomas teachers awarded for hard...

23 hours ago | Education

Michelline NawatisesThe Khomas Regional Council held an awards ceremony for the end-of-year 2017 JSC, NSSCO and NSSCH results.The Khomas Region promised to move up with...

by JUSTISIA SHIPENA

A year in the life...

23 hours ago | Education

Since the inception of Maltas in 2011, students from various universities auditioned to secure a year’s membership in the club. This year’s dynamic and vibrant...

by JUSTISIA SHIPENA

Drive with reason this holiday...

23 hours ago | Education

Justicia Shipena The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund is mandated by the MVA Fund Act to design, develop, promote and implement motor vehicle...

by Tunohole Mungoba

The Windhoek Pop-Up Festival bring...

23 hours ago | Youth

Windhoek Pop-Up Festival is a bi-annual music and exhibition event aimed at bringing visibility to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in a recreational environment. The...

by Tunohole Mungoba

Changing lives

23 hours ago | Education

Michelline Nawatises The aim of Miss High School finalist Reschelle Beukes’ project was to aid Mount View High School pupils who are currently taught in...

by Octavia Tsibes

Goeie kuierwenke vir die feestyd

23 hours ago | Education

Michelline NawatisesTieners is dikwels veral oor feestye weens die verkeerde redes in die nuus: Ongelukke, misdaad, verdwyning en selfs die dood.Moenie deel van dié statistiek...

by Tunohole Mungoba

Take them out to play

23 hours ago | Education

Vinoliah Mangaba For a number of children from orphanages in Windhoek, the world outside is not quite well-known. Schedules are super-strict. Schools are not far...

by Octavia Tsibes

Load More