Jeanette Metha Streidwolf
Place of Origin
J. G. van Der Wath Senior Secondary School, Okahandja. Diploma in Cabin Crew Training (DCCT) from Applied Professional Training Institute – Kolkata India.
Place of Residence
What one word would you use to describe yourself?
What made you to pick the clothes you are wearing today?
I don’t prepare for the next day unless it comes to Sundays. I simply love the fact that I don’t have to struggle in what to wear. I just got a good taste that fits my closet very well. You won’t find me wearing bright-coloured clothes, I go easy and stunning in earthy nude colours.
Who inspires you to pursue your dream?
No one specific, I want to be my own inspiration and ambitious woman.
Who had the greatest influence on you during your childhood?
My mother Sylvia Harases, her teachings and instructions will not grow old. It is because of her that I will be a wonderful mother and the best wife to my future husband one day.
Who is your celebrity crush?
The one and only Saviour Jesus Christ
What do you like to watch on TV?
I am not a fan of watching TV. My family and friends are aware of that. I was a tenant in Windhoek for about two years and had all the furniture a bachelor needs except a TV. In my free time I would praise and worship, meditate on God’s word, spoil myself with a healthy dinner on a plate, have friends over or work on my clients’ pictures, editing and refining them.
What is your favourite music?
My lifestyle is to worship. I am crazy about worship and gospel music.
Whom do you love more – your parents, friends, spouse, kids, siblings or your yourself?
I love them all equally.
What kind of child were you – what are your most cherished childhood memories?
I was a very hyperactive spontaneous girl. I never had a dull moment. I was a go-getter and never knew what shyness was. I used to suck my right thumb until I was seven years old. It was a struggle for my pre-primary teacher and parents to stop me. I played soccer and marbles with boys, it was the best time I can think about, being a free Namibian child in the streets. In school I was an athlete until I completed my Grade 12. I enjoyed being with my family, specially traveling to Spitzkoppe to spend my holidays with my grandfather Alex Naobeb, later grandmother Elizabeth and cousins. The most cherished moments are remembering my late father Nathanael Haraseb as he would always prepare breakfast and lunch boxes for me and my elder brother Cevan Streidwolf. Dad would prepare me for school when mom would be gone to work early morning hours. His love and care remains in my heart. His voice still echoes in my mind. I remember the last kiss I gave him. May his soul rest in peace. I miss you daddy.
When have you been most satisfied and proudest in your life?
The proudest and most satisfying moment was when I accepted Christ in my life. My life has changed for the best and He has shown me how able He is through me in every area of my life. I never had such peace that surpasses all understanding. By drawing nearer to Him everyday, I experienced the endless love and joy that became a fountain within me springing forth to the outside. Being a woman of God is the best choice I could ever make because I am nothing without Him.
If you could be or do anything else – what?
It would be to be a flight attendant as I have always dreamed of being one. I had the privilege and opportunity to be one, but God had other plans for me and it is such a pleasure to not only work for the money but with liberty and passion for doing what I am currently doing, being a photographer. I am employed and also self-employed. I work for the best company ever BestDrive Multi Tyre with a team that’s supportive and filled with love. My photography company’s name is Virtuous Picto-Graphics cc. It is my dream to be full time in the photography industry and serving God through it by evangelizing the same time. Photography is a beautiful God-given talent and gift especially for a woman. I have learned that you see beauty through the lens even in the saddest moments.
How would you like the Namibian society and the world to remember you?
I would love to be remembered as the Jeanette who did not live for herself but for others as well. The Jeanette who was always self-giving in everything she did. Jeanette was kind, patient, loving, forgiving and loved praying with others. The Jeanette who prayed for her brothers and sisters of this nation to turn away from violence and abuse and know their self-worth.
What things do you not like to do, or do not take well to?
I don’t like hatred. I am a peacemaker and carry a lot of peace in my heart. “Love your neighbour as you love yourself, this is the greatest commandment” – Mathew 12:31. I pray for those who curse me and love those who hate me.
Do you believe in life after death? Good and evil? God?
Yes I am. I am a spiritual person. I love serving God. And I am born to worship Him. I believe in life after death because Jesus Christ my Saviour died and rose from the grave. A forever-living God. He is the life and light of this world. Goodness and mercy is my portion, I don’t believe in evil.
What is the one thing about you few people know?
I covered three continents in this world, travelled to seven different countries and played the classical Ibanez guitar for 12 years.