Meet Beatrice Masilingi's Parents And Grandmother Who Raised Her

A grass to grace story

By  | Dec 30, 2022, 09:00 AM  | Top of The

Beatrice Masilingi
Beatrice Masilingi is a Namibian sprinter who has defied all odds to become one of the most accomplished and respected athletes in the country at only 19 years old.

From humble beginnings where she used to run barefoot, Masilingi did not allow her background to dim her dreams of greatness but kept running until her talent caught the attention of government officials, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Besides making her country and more importantly her parents proud, Beatrice Masilingi’s story is an inspirational one, especially to children who are raised in informal settlements like herself, that their dreams are valid.

This article discusses who Beatrice Masilingi’s parents and grandmother are, and reveals how she was able to beat all odds to get to where she is right now.


Who are Beatrice Masilingi’s parents?


Beatrice Masilingi's grandmother, source: NBC

Very little is known about Beatrice Masilingi’s parents as the sprinter was solely raised by her grandmother- Elizabeth Muwaye Kamwi.

Beatrice Masilingi’s mother- Anna Masilingi gave birth to her on the 10th of April 2003 in Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi region. Details about her father and siblings are unavailable.


Beatrice Masilingi’s background


Beatrice Masilingi, source: Instagram

Masilingi grew up in the Kehemu informal settlement in Rundu with her grandmother who is a vendor of  Dynapharm products in Rundu. She went to school at Noordgrens Secondary School in Rundu.

During a past interview, Masilingi’s grandmother revealed that the golden girl loved to run from when she was little and she ran without shoes for 10 years before she finally bought her a pair of plastic shoes to wear at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5. Masilingi, unfortunately, didn’t win any medals that day but that did not stop her. 

She also participated in the regional championships held at the Rundu Sports Stadium and the National Youth Games in Windhoek where her talent caught the attention of the Namibia School Sports Union (NSSU) and her coach and thus began her professional athletic career.

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