Almost two years after Namibia’s Para sensation Ananias Shikongo attained worldwide prominence at the Rio 2016 for his Gold and two Bronze medals, he will soon be the owner of a brand new house, The Patriot can confirm.
A source close to the developments regarding Shikongo’s house confirmed that both Standard Bank and the Namibia Housing Enterprise (NHE) will host a ground breaking ceremony in Windhoek that will pave the way for the construction work to begin. Standard Bank and the NHE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last year agreeing to jointly embark on the project. Standard Bank decided to reward Shikongo for his excellent track performance by donating a house worth N$500 000.
The City of Windhoek last year donated a plot where Shikongo’s two-bedroom house will be built.
The news comes as a relief to Shikongo who is currently stretching muscles in preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, which commences in April.
“I am happy that Standard Bank’s push has come through. As I said before, this house means a lot to me and it will benefit many other para-athletes.
Often the guys come to Windhoek for competitions or training and they have nowhere to live.
This will also motivate other athletes to work hard and make the country proud. “The beginning of the construction will motivate me even more this time around and I hope it encourages other athletes going into this event.” So I would like to thank Standard Bank for their reward,” said Shikongo.
Ananias will be the only para athlete from Namibia participating at the event. His compatriot Johannes Nambala, who competes mainly in category T13 sprint events came short of selection as his category is not represented at the event. Through the Paralympic committee, Ananias is currently busy preparing for the event in a local Biokinetic gym. “My fitness levels are good at the moment, however I’m still working to improve on it. I am going for gold as usual to make the country proud. However, my dream is to stun the world again in 2020,” said Africa’s fastest T11 sprinter.
As usual, Shikongo will be accompanied by his guide Even Tjiviju who guided the sprinter to victory in Rio two years ago. “You don’t take small guns to a war,” said the sprinter.