Personality Profile: Who is this?

Personality Profile: Who is this?

John Haufiku

Public Relations Officer

Place of Origin
Walvis Bay

University of Namibia

Place of Residence

What one word would you use to describe yourself?

What made you pick the clothes you are wearing today?
The weather and expected interactions during the day.

Tell us about your upbringing – how were your parents like?
I was raised by my grandmother, Cecilia Haufiku, in Kusiebmond, Walvis Bay, along with my three younger siblings and cousins. It is a classical tale of tough love. What stands out the most is that she has, to this day, an incredible work ethic. So as you can imagine, she expected a high degree of quality from all assigned chores. Money left in my care was accounted for to a penny. Being lazy by design, back then, I did not like pressure. I wished that she was more like my friends’ parents. However, looking back now, she reared me into a capable person.

Which celebrities do you believe are the most influential?
I think Dillish has proven herself, along with Tjuna and Maria. They demonstrated that one can make a living out of lifestyle and the arts in Namibia, which is a huge social accomplishment. Other influential celebrities are Dogg, Gazza, PDK, Tate Buti, Sally, Blossom and Lady May.

What do you like to watch on TV?
I mainly watch cartoons and keep an eye out for documentaries. I guess you could say I never had enough time for cartoons as a child. I am catching up on lost time.

What is your favourite music?
I love the 90s music. Internationally, I am a soul and pop fan. Locally, I love anything from PDK, Blossom, Phura, Stanley, Big Ben, Ondarata and Tate Buti – artistes who I regard to do real local music.

Whom do you love more: your parents, friends, spouse, kids, siblings, or your yourself?
My grandmother has the biggest piece of my heart. The rest of the people share what is left. I have never thought about ‘self-love’, but my dogs do a great job in that regard.

What kind of child were you – what are your most-cherished childhood memories?
I was a naughty child so my grandmother punished me at least twice a week. My most cherished memory is of being sent to the wholesaler “Rings”, which used to be in Walvis Bay. To make the trip interesting, I would invite some friends to go with me, and along the way we would stop and play. For some reason, this was very fun, considering I had limited play time.

How did you meet your spouse/partner?
Unfortunately, I am technically still single, but there is a girl I met at an event a few months ago, she was serving me a drink… long story short, she has stuck around. Let us keep those fingers crossed.

When have you been most satisfied and proudest in your life and/or career?
Right after high school, I was selected for the junior national basketball team as a shooting guard. It was my proudest moment. Although I played off the bench, I scored the winning shot against Botswana, which was the only team we beat in that tournament.

If you could be or do anything else – what would it be?
Growing up, I loved the challenge of making things. I still do, so another career option would have been structural engineering.

Who is your role model or from whom do you draw inspiration as an adult?
I used to have many role models. But in time, I have learnt that all human beings are fallible, great as some may be. So now my inspiration comes from God, and His Son Jesus whose grace alone is what keeps me going.

How would you like the Namibian society (and the world) to remember you?
Wow, that is a life examining question. I would like to be remembered as an advocate of reason – the idea of a Namibia where we take decisions based on the superiority of an idea, instead of relying more on personalities, credentials and affiliation.

What things do you not like to do or do not take well to?
That list is really endless. However, what I detest the most are men that abuse women. I had actually applied to be a police officer years back, just for this reason. Then I realised there is another way.

Do you believe in life after death? Good and evil? God? Are you a spiritual person?
Yes, I do believe in life after death. This because humans are so complex that it is impossible to think that we came to be by chance. So God made us, just like the Bible says. Take a laptop, what is easier to believe? That someone more intelligent made it, or that it came to be by itself.

What is the one thing about you few people know?
I love ‘mahangu’ pap and traditional spinach. That is my favourite meal and people always find it surprising because I grew up at the coast eating rice and fish.

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