Other Articlesfruits of Personal Perseverance by
Sibangani Dube - April 2012
From an outsider’s point of view, it is easy to say all is well in the banking sector.
The clean and impeccable atmosphere and the ever-smiling bank tellers have created and fed this perception.
However, behind the scenes, it is a tale to tell as men and women engage in a rigorous effort to make things happen on our behalf. Ehrenfried Itamunua Meroro is a seasoned banker who has been in the business for over two decades.
He had had an illustrious career at the central bank and is now at Standard Bank Namibia. Through his eyes, we gain some insight in what goes on inside those attractive and calm buildings; tied to that is his rise to success making him a luminary in this vital sector.
He wears a clean cut image. His speech is loaded with exuberance as he takes us through his life journey with great diction, oozing with confidence and crystal clarity of mind.
The story of the phenomenal success of the Head of Risk Management Compliance and Legal Department at the Standard Bank Namibia can be best described as triumph over adversity.
“I owe my success to personal perseverance and personal accountability. I persevered in my education up to where I am today,” he says. In 1979, the political system became unbearable and this saw him and others crossing the borders into Botswana as refugees.
While in Botswana, he managed to continue with his education until Grade 12 and soon after, he became a teacher to fellow refugees including Zimbabweans who returned to Botswana after the Matabeleland disturbances.
He, however, regards his initial refusal to attend Botswana Secondary Schools as one of his costliest mistakes. This is because they wasted valuable time basing their perception that the Botswana Cambridge system was inferior to the Bantu education system back home during that time. After a long reflection, he dicided to attend Maun Secondary School where he completed his Cambridge Certificate in the first division.
Soon after completion, he got the scholarship to the USA where he ended up with an MSc. degree, setting him up on a lucrative banking career path. Over time, he has added weight to his career by attending and excelling in economics-related courses such as advanced statistics, econometrics and agricultural price analysis.
Moreover, he has attended high level training in management such as Economic Analysis of Structura...
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