Born in Oshakati, and bred in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Robyn “Ruby the Dime” Nakaambo, is a 25 year old dedicated and lively young women.
Ruby started her school career at the People’s Primary School (PPS) than went on to the Martti Ahtisaari Primary School before moving to Pretoria, South Africa where she attended the Mount Edmund Christian Brothers’ College and then relocated to Bloemfontein where she attended the St. Josephs Christian Brothers’ College where she started her grade five until she matriculated. As a teenager Ruby was an extrovert. Very talkative and took part in a lot of extra mural activities. She was a cheerleader, took part in musicals and dramas, was a member of a choir, took part in solo music competitions, was a star athlete running 1500m, 400m, 200m and 100m, played hockey being a member of the school’s first team. In a nutshell she was a teenager all rounder who was exposed to a lot and was fortunate enough to experience it all.
She says her parents are her pillar of strength and foundation. “My dad for one is my confidante and my advisor he has always been such a great force in shaping me to be the woman I have become. Besides my parents, my significant other and my best friend are my other blessings, they love me with my flaws, tell me the truth even when it hurts most and push me as hard as they push themselves to succeed. I have a great support system around me and with them success is imminent and failure is a learning curve. Daddy always told me never to tell what my future plans are as not everyone is rooting for your success so I would rather refrain from answering this question and urge you all to keep a look out for this ambitious young lady as I am destined for greatness,” she says.
What Ruby going is her inner circle of individuals she has been blessed with, her faith and her will to be better than she was the day before. Her first job was being a radio anchor at the University of Namibia (Unam) radio station in her first year of study. “I just woke up the day of auditions and tried it out, surprisingly it was something I enjoyed and became very passionate about,” says Ruby adding that she faced many challenges but always kept her main priority the main thing and the rest fell into place. “Challenges I faced where juggling my studies and radio and another challenge was trying to build a brand from my name. I refused to be a fly by night radio presenter, so I worked hard in creating my brand ‘Ruby the Dime’. Challenging myself I started doing television as well as MC’ing and through that I set myself apart from others,” says Ruby.
After Unam radio she went to Radio Energy as a radio anchor, and after graduation she became the Communications Officer at Energy 100FM. Hungry for growth and experience, Ruby moved to Coca-Cola Namibia Bottling Company as a Public Relations Officer and then later moved to the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF), where she is currently employed as a Communications Officer . At the same time she is freelancing as an MC as well as a radio anchor at Energy 100FM, doing a Sunday show called “Heart and Soul” .
Ruby says what breaks her down is the realisation that so many individuals live and thrive to see others fall down and dance in their misery which ultimately results in their own success being halted because they are not focusing on themselves. “My advice to all, focus on your own dreams instead of others’ failures.” She further urges the youth to always remember to stay true to themselves. “Your dreams are all valid. Your past does not define your future. So regardless of your hardships, there is light at the end of the tunnel if you have faith and the determination to work towards your dreams. Nothing is impossible, focus on doing and don’t compare yourself or your life to anybody’s else, rather transfer that energy to working towards being a better individual than you where yesterday, “Ruby concludes.
New Era Reporter
2014-11-05 08:48:09 | 5 years ago