The accolades are bestowed on Africans that pioneered excellence and innovation in tertiary education on the continent. The Distinguished Academic Excellence Award is from the African Leadership Magazine, while the Medal of Honour is from the Magazine’s International Advisory Board. The Board unanimously selected Tjivikua after he passed a rigorous due diligence process. The awards further symbolise his induction into the African Leadership Hall of Fame.
Ken Giami, the CEO of the Magazine said: “The board is of the notion that as a frontline academic, mentor and leader, Tjivikua has pioneered a legendary precedence in Africa’s formal education and academic landscape and should be commended.”
Tjivikua has made a great impact on the Namibian education system, particularly transforming the Polytechnic of Namibia to a university of science and technology. He said: “This honour comes to me as a person, and as a professional for the leadership and sacrifices. But it also comes as an acknowledgement of all those who have worked and collaborated with me on the trajectory which transformed the then Polytechnic to NUST. I am deeply honored beyond my own expectations to be selected for this wonderful prize. I am out of words and am thankful for this fantastic work in recognising African leaders and change agents.”
Past outstanding honourees of the African Leadership Magazine include various Heads of State such as Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Namibia’s Hage Geingob and former president Hifikepunye Pohamba.