National Pride song competition launched

By Confidente Reporter

THE My Namibia song SMS competition was launched at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) headquarters in Windhoek last week Tuesday.

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), as the custodian of the national pride campaign, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, was tasked by the government to spearhead, coordinate and organise a competition for a national song, titled My Namibia.

“You may recall that during our 29th independence anniversary held in the Khomas region, we had two songs that embraced unity and patriotism choreographed and performed by various local artists,” said Information and Communication Technology Minister Stanley Simataa.

“This is a song which is less formal, a song which is jovial, a song that will invoke patriotism,” he said, adding that it would instill national pride in Namibians.

The competing songs were put in the public domain yesterday to allow music lovers to decide by voting on their preferred song. “For one to participate in the competition, they must SMS their preferred song, for example, S01/S02 to 33033,” explained Simataa on Tuesday.

The public is urged to vote as many times as they can to stand a chance of winning one of five regional flight tickets, courtesy of Air Namibia. The ICT minister also said that the competition would run from 11 June until 2 July 2019.

“During this period, the songs will be placed on all NBC platforms, TV, radio, Fresh FM, Omulunga Radio, Radio Energy, 99 FM and of course One Africa TV,” highlighted Simataa. The songs will also be accessible on social media platforms.

The minister used the opportunity to urge Namibians to use social media constructively, to build and unite and not to dismember and disintegrate the nation. He further said the winning song would complement the national anthem. “It can’t compete with the national anthem, the national anthem is supreme, therefore it will complement it,” he said.

Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said: “We need to appreciate art in Namibia, art is work, it is a commodity.” Artists competing include Female Donkey, Bertholdt, Desmond, Anne Singer, DJ Arrafat, Lady May Africa, Gazza, King Tee Dee, Adora, and many others.