Ina-Maria Shikongo was born in Kalulu Angola and grew up in the former GDR until 1990. She attended primary and high school in Windhoek and completed a three year degree course in Fashion Design in France at Lycée Sévigné de Tourcoing in 2005. Since her return in 2005, Ina-Maria has developed a project called Fusion, where she teaches basic introduction to fashion design to grassroots organisations and communities throughout Namibia. There is a need for more culturally diverse programs in Namibia. By training the grassroots on design methods, one could help establish a Namibian Cultural Identity. As a mother of three, working as an artist has become a challenge. Ina-Maria is currently part of the artist in residency program with ARIM (Artist Residency in Motherhood), which is platform to help mothers get back to their arts. Additionally, she completed a residency with Praksis Oslo which was cut short due to the COVID19 in Oslo in March 2020. Currently, Ina-Maria is working on her first solo exhibition exclusively using off cut's for creating textile collages of mask like portraits. For Ina-Maria Activism and Art go hand in hand. She explores her past, her dreams, and her aspirations through these bannered collages. For her the most natural way to communicate her uprooted past is through textile. One of Ina-Maria's longstanding interest is in agriculture, Permaculture in specific. She is a founding member of the Eloolo Permaculture Initiative in Windhoek.