Aquila Ledbetter Founder
Afrisource Managing Member, Managing Director
Aquila Ledbetter is the founder of the Afrisource Innovation Center. Ms. Ledbetter has been working with distressed communities for over 20 years. Ms. Ledbetter has a professional background in teaching, community mobilization, Performing Arts, and Information Communication Technology. Ms. Ledbetter has worked with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, governments, and mentorships that advocate for youth development and information technology such as The Salvation Army, US Peace Corps Namibia, Office of Chief Technology, DC Public Schools, and the Fannie Mae Foundation. For over 10+ years Aquila has been recognized for her grassroots efforts by a wide range of media locally and internationally such as the Washington Post Magazine, The Washingtonian, WAMU Radio, Priority (The Salvation Army), the Namibian Newspaper, The New Era, and recently Shipifm Radio in Northern Namibia. The common message found in all articles written about Ms. Ledbetter is her passion for the youth and economic empowerment. Ms. Ledbetter received her Bachelor’s of Science in 2003 (Psychology) from the University of the District of Columbia. While attending school and afterward she has completed several Industry-standard certifications in MCSE, Security+, and Project Management. Currently, Ms. Ledbetter is a 2017 MA Candidate in International Policy and Management: Sustainable Development at World Learning, SIT Graduate Institute in Washington DC. She has successfully completed her economic development internship for Namibia’s Ministry of Urban and Rural Development. Ms. Ledbetter enjoys bringing people together, poetry, playing the alto horn, and being a mom.
Panduleni Hailundu
Afrisource Managing Member, General Service and Fundraising Manager
Is the founder of HAIWO Trading CC and Pandu’s Photography Services. Pandu is a country icon in the Namibian Film, Music, and Arts Industry. Since 2013 he has become an advocate and educator for organic farm training in northern Namibia. Mr. Panduleni Hailundi has trained more than 150 smallholder farmers in northern Namibia. He has 10 years of professional experience as a consultant for local and international NGO’s such as UNESCO, University of John Hopkins, Childline Lifeline, National Theaters of Namibia, YWCA, Red Cross, and others. Mr. Hailundu is well known in Namibia as a professional translator for the languages of English to Oshiiwambo verbally and written. As a veteran theater development practitioner, in 2010 Mr. Hailundu won the best male screen actor for the Namibian Film and Theater Awards. Mr. Hailundu started his education by attending short courses in Performing Arts in Zimbabwe and Zambia in 1996-1998. He was able to achieve his diploma from the College of the Arts in Performing Arts in 1998. He continued his education in South Africa with a Certificate of Completion in Performing Art in 2000. Later on in 2006-2007, he completed scriptwriting for radio and television courses at Soul City in Johannesburg, South Africa. After years of acting in various locally produced movies such as Liberation Struggle for Namibia\Where Others Wavered, Mr. Hailundu was given the starring role in the movie called “My Father’s Son” which was selected for the United States of America Los Angeles Film Festival in 2011. Recently he completed another short course on screenwriting in 2015 by Richard Benson Jr, South African Hollywood Writer in Windhoek, Namibia. Mr. Hailundu completed a diploma in Theology and Leadership by the Soul Harvest Bible School in Oniipa Namibia. Mr. Hailundu enjoys being a lifelong learner, raising his family, reading, gardening, and empowering young people.
Mateus Nepela
Afrisource Managing Member, SME Manager and Youth Development
Is the owner of Sheefi Baus Car Wash and Transportation Services since 2016. The passion to start his own business was to become a young entrepreneur who could empower other young people to start an income-generating business while getting an education. Mr. Nepela is currently enrolled in the Namibia University of Science and Technology studying Business Administration. He will receive his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2018. Mr. Nepela wants to further continue his studies and get his Honors Degree in Public Relations. At the age of 15, Mr. Nepela started working as a part-time administrator with Lukeli Creation in Ondangwa, Namibia. In 2013, Mr. Nepela joined AIESEC Namibia as a communication officer in which he was later elected as a local committee President of AIESEC Polytech, a branch of AIESEC Namibia. In 2014, he received a certificate of completion as AIESEC Trainer of Trainers. In 2014, he worked as a contractor for the Electoral Commission of Namibia, he held several positions such as presiding officer, supervisor, kit operator, and driver. In 2015, he was hired as a Manager at Koonyaka Guest House situated in Ongwediva, Namibia. Mr. Nepela enjoys raising his family, networking with other young entrepreneurs, and decorating and organizing events.
Ester Magano Antanga
Afrisource Managing Member, Business Development and Social Media Manager
Is the founder and Director of Tutaleni College since 2007. She has trained over 1,300 teachers in early childhood development and pre-primary education. She currently employs over 10 local Namibians and one international teacher in northern Namibia. Mrs. Antanga started her journey to strengthen the early childhood development sector in 1999 as a teacher at Iihwali Primary School in Ondangwa, Namibia. After completing Oshakati Secondary School, she was appointed by the Ministry of Gender to study early childhood development at the Teacher Resource Center in Ongwediva, Namibia where she obtained a certificate in Early Childhood Development in 2001. Later in 2002 Ester attended the Rossing Foundation for a course in early childhood education. She was hired as a part-time teacher at Hossiana Primary School in Windhoek, Namibia. Because of her passion and dedication to the pre-primary curriculum development and assessment, in 2003 she was later appointed to study in Zambia as an early childhood educational trainer. While In Zambia, she was given the opportunity to train other teachers at Solwezi Primary School. In 2005 she completed her studies at Mindolo Pan-African Institution of Learning in Zambia with a Diploma in Teacher Training. Mrs. Antanga returned to Namibia and began working in 2006 as a Supervisor in Early Childhood Teacher Training at Oponganda Center in Windhoek, Namibia. Later in 2007, she established the first pre-primary college in Northern Nambia where she designed and implemented a variety of training and leadership of both college staff and students. Because of her tireless work and tenacity, in 2015 she was appointed as NCCI’s Skill-Based Technical Advisor for the Oshikoto Region, in the same year she was elected in another role to be the deputy-chair of NCCI Ondangwa Branch. In 2016 Ester designed a curriculum for pre-primary teacher training for levels 4, 5, and 6 which was accepted by the Ministry of Education. Recently Ester Antanga has launched a digital magazine powered by Meme Ester enjoys playing netball, being a mom, reading, and traveling.