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Sunday 21 April 2019
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Reflecting on the Year thAT Was…

At we wind down the clock of 2016 for a new hopeful fresh year, it is time to look back at the year that was. From all spheres of life, 2016 has not left any untouched. While some trends were activities brought forward from the previous year, 2016 also owned its highlights which many will not forget. It was a year of a political shake and promises as usual. It was tough on the financial front, with money becoming a scarce commodity in our country. And then of course, the drought. Desperate for marriage and salvation, people flocked to prophets in hope of their challenges being laid to rest. Some even got a whiff of doom as they sought their and sadly road accidents are still on the rise, just like poverty and the never-ending political promises. In the final edition, The Lounge sat down with a few Namibian personalities as they look back on the year that was.
 
 
screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-41-51-amBig Ben
Things went all good for this guru in 2016. On top of producing quality, matured and conscious music, Big Ben walked away with the NAMAs Best Male Artist of the Year. On the same stage he also took the Best Traditional accolade. He looks back at the year that was.
1. 2016 was… It was lekker ! It was surely a busy year, but in my career busy is good
2. Highlight of the year
The NAMA Awards. I won Best Male Artist. So I will surely take that as one big highlight.
3. Hero of the year
I can say myself. The thing is that we give praise to people who do things we deem to be extra ordinary when they are basically just doing their job.
4. What are we leaving in 2016?
Nepotism, tribalism and corruption. At this point, that is what the country is known for. Our leadership has no shame in the way they try to protect their wrong doings. They have been taking us for a fool for too long now. It’s like they do things and go like ‘wat sal hulle maak?’
5. Hopes for 2017 ?
I don’t hope. When I want something, I make sure it happens. However, as a country, I hope we realize that this (natural resources) is all we have. I also hope that someone gets fired for not doing their job.
 
screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-41-58-amBig Mich
With the little exposure it gets, the creative industry, comedy to be specific, this year has given birth to talent beyond measure. Comedians are individuals who bring joy to one’s heart and laughter to our lips. Their natural ability to be humorous and their ability to grasp life and give it with the crack of the tummy. Big Mich, or rather the ‘Nama with a Wambo Attitude’ was the Last Comic Standing and he has proved himself amongst heavyweights and newbies in the comedy circles.
1. 2016 was… It was busy, hectic, but a year of great achievement.
2. Highlight of the year
Winning ‘Last Comic Standing,’ being part of the Comrades in Comedy show and hosting the first ever comedy show in Okahandja.
3. Hero of the year
Myself. I think I really did a lot this year. I stretched my artistic muscles this year and everything went as planned.
4. What are we leaving in 2016?
Side chicks – It would not make sense to be called or made a side chick in 2017. And also screen-shots of people’s conversations. That immaturity really broke couples up this year. We should also leave the violence behind.
5. Hopes for 2017
I hope to do more and stay relevant. I also hope to see Bernandus Swartbooi back in office next year. He can chill for the December and get ready for office next year. The comrade must just go apologise for not apologizing.
 
screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-42-06-amFlorentina Dumbu
While playing on the dusty streets of Rundu, little did Florentina Dumbu know that a profession such as a pilot even existed. At the age of 28, Florentina is the only senior female pilot in the Namibian Police Air Wing Directorate. Her position as pilot is clear that society has raised the bar on traditional gender-based professions. She remains the poster child for women who live their dreams, notwithstanding the barriers which exist.
1. 2016 was… It was a roller-coaster. There were a lot of ups and downs but I managed. I also learned a lot so all was not lost.
2. Highlight of the year
A mixed bag it was – the rescue mission in the Fish River Canyon ( airlifting the remains of 2 German ladies who committed suicide there ) and flying the Founding Father Dr Nujoma. That has always bee
3. Hero of the year
It would be my two sisters Teresa Haushiku and Antonia Udeh. This year was such a shaky episode that at times I wanted to give up. The two were always there for me even when they didn’t need to.
4. What are we leaving in 2016?
Living in debt – it is time people learn how to save. Also, we should leave behind this attitude of being ill-disciplined on the road. We have lost way too many lives and we do not need the same to happen next year.
5. Hopes for 2017
I want to see a change in the manner which young people make their choices. This is in terms of career choice, school and life in general. Other than that, I would like to inspire and motivate more young people to make it in life. I also hope to travel more (not with work).
 
screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-42-13-amRuby
While playing on the dusty streets of Rundu, little did Florentina Dumbu know that a profession such as a pilot even existed. At the age of 28, Florentina is the only senior female pilot in the Namibian Police Air Wing Directorate. Her position as pilot is clear that society has raised the bar on traditional gender-based professions. She remains the poster child for women who live their dreams, notwithstanding the barriers which exist.
1. 2016 was… It was a roller-coaster. There were a lot of ups and downs but I managed. I also learned a lot so all was not lost.
2. Highlight of the year
A mixed bag it was – the rescue mission in the Fish River Canyon ( airlifting the remains of 2 German ladies who committed suicide there ) and flying the Founding Father Dr Nujoma. That has always been a dream, but I guess it came earlier than expected.
3. Hero of the year
It would be my two sisters Teresa Haushiku and Antonia Udeh. This year was such a shaky episode that at times I wanted to give up. The two were always there for me even when they didn’t need to.
4. What are we leaving in 2016?
Living in debt – it is time people learn how to save. Also, we should leave behind this attitude of being ill-disciplined on the road. We have lost way too many lives and we do not need the same to happen next year.
5. Hopes for 2017
I want to see a change in the manner which young people make their choices. This is in terms of career choice, school and life in general. Other than that, I would like to inspire and motivate more young people to make it in life. I also hope to travel more (not with work).
 
screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-42-18-amYoung T
The Namibian music industry has seen many young talented lads come through music avenue. They rub shoulders with the big guns of the local industry and abroad. And so many come along to add to the already existing flair while others provide to a new melody. Young T is dubbed to be the next big thing for having maintained consistency, if not growth in all three albums to date.
1. 2016 was…
It was a great year because all my goals were attained.
2. Highlight of the year
I bought my first Mercedes Benz. It was a dream come true.
3. Hero of the year
I would say Hage Geingob. There is just something I like about him. The way he leads the country and how he is in control of the house. So he is my hero of the year.
4. What are we leaving in 2016?
Complaining too much – people should learn to stop complaining a lot and just do things the way they wish to see them done. And yes, the police should let go of the tendency of putting so much effort on petty things and do real policing work.
5. Hopes for 2017
I hope to continue doing good music, progress in it and just grow.
 
screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-42-57-amMark Kariahuua
With so much drama and tragedy around, what would life be without comedy? But since laughter is the best medicine after all, there are only a few who can deliver on making us forget about all the problems – comedians. 2016 graced Mark with Comedian of the Year and funny enough Diva of the Year. The Fresh Prince from Okakarara reflects on his year.
1. 2016 was…
It was wild and busy with ups and downs.
2. Highlight of the year
It would definitely be my one-man show and winning the Comedian of the Year. Those are highlights that will forever be remembered.
3. Hero of the year
My mother. She was always there making sure that someone is fed, and dressed to kill before taking on the stage. She is my biggest fan and I could always tell her my jokes.
4. What are we leaving in 2016?
We are leaving behind this thing of adding people on Whatsapp groups without their consent. You people finish data, man. We should also leave behind the violence and people who are experts at being negative at all times. No negativity going through to 2017.
5. Hopes for 2017
It will be all about keeping the momentum and doing greater things.
 
screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-43-05-amHelena Mootseng
A high flyer in the corporate sector, Helena Mootseng has a natural instinct for detail. A deep thinker, Helena focuses her energy of making sure Namibian diamonds are marketed for the benefit of the country. Her life clearly revolves around her loving family.
1. 2016 was… Personally, it was bittersweet. As a company, it was a good year all round.
2. Highlight of the year
My younger brother got married.
3. Hero of the year
This would be my mother. She lost her husband early this year and she has done pretty well, remaining composed. Sometimes I look at her and imagine how I would take on things like that. She is an inspiration.
4. What are we leaving in 2016?
We need to leave behind wearing white suits and waistcoats with white ‘come-to-Jesus’ shoes. We also need to leave behind going at each other’s throats. Finally, we are leaving behind the doom, prophets, eating grass and going to South Africa to be prayed for to get a husband. People need to start reading their Bibles correctly. God still loves you even if you are single.
5. Hopes for 2017
I really hope that we evolve as a country in the way we address issues. I know for a fact that we can do better as a country. I hope to live a life that is not prescribed but a life grounded on godly principles.
 
screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-43-16-amCheeze
Cheeze is arguably one of the best DJs under the Namibian sun. He has remained true to himself since day one. And in every sense, he is one of the few who is, has been, and according to the horse’s mouth will always be there. Fresh FMs finest reflects on his 2016.
1. 2016 was… Very deurmekaar
2. Highlight of the year
The return of prodigal son Shaduka
3. Hero of the year
Obviously Julius Indongo for knocking the Russian boxer down in the first round.
4. Loser of the year
Too many to mention but the Namibia Football Association stands out the most for depriving people of soccer.
5. What are we leaving in 2016?
Vrrrrrrrr Paaaah’s, blessers and Ben 10’s
6. Hopes for 2017
The rediscovery of Ubuntu
 
screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-43-22-amBlanche Gorases
From being the voice of the community on environmental issues and now reporting from State House, this young journalist has climbed the ladder to success in a determined fashion. With her eye on the prize, she tailored her destiny in an inspiring this year. Blanch Gorases reflects on the year that was.
1. 2016 was…
The year was very weird I should say. At one moment I was reporting community stories and then moved to environmental stories and now I am reporting from State House. The new job came with a lot of criticism but I still stand. But I can also say that it was a year in which I excelled.
2. Highlight of the year
Reporting from the United Nations Headquarters. It has always been a dream and it came way before time. But I’m happy either way.
3. Hero of the year
Armando Peters – the 12-year old boy who is determined to fight poverty. I also want to tag Soini Shafishuna Kaleb who built a plane this year. His dreams are very inspiring and I see a bright future for him.
4. What are we leaving in 2016?
Tribalism, newsmakers bullying journalists, the passiveness of Namibians and definitely Phosphate.
5. Hopes for 2017
I hope to see unity amongst all Namibians. I would also like to see the Access to Information Act come into existence.
 
screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-43-29-amLulu Zeko
An evolving media personality, Lulu returned to Namibia in 2016 after studies in Australia. Excited at the opportunities presented by 2017, she hopes to see new and innovative ideas coming to life, never been seen before in Namibia.
1. 2016 was…
It was very transformative. I had to learn how to depend on my abilities. I also had to re-acclimatize and get into the “adulating” thing.
2. Highlight of the year
I will have to highlight family wins. I also managed to get promotions at work and we started a department that never existed in our company.
3. Hero of the year
I will go for my mother and Barack Obama. I hope he can still do something in January.
4. What are we leaving in 2016?
We need to leave behind the shaming of people in all forms, especially fat shaming. We also need to leave behind all these meaningless challenges like the Nyovest challenge. I know many will not agree but we need to stop the thing of putting pressure on people.
5. Hopes for 2017
I hope to record more progress and take on more projects. Personally, I hope to just sit down, focus and bring a bit more from the rest of the world to Namibia.
 
screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-44-09-amTashia Kalondo
The beautiful media personality looks back on a year which presented a mixed bag of challenges. Looking ahead to 2017, she is ready to burst onto the scene with her regular gusto, ready to conquer the world.
1. 2016 was…
It was rough, difficult but filled with many other things too. Nevertheless, I am a firm believer in the adage that “ nothing good comes easy, so it was worth it.”
2. Highlight of the year
Hard to find – there was really no outstanding highlight this year.
3. Hero of the year
Megameno Kamwangha – the 17-year old young man who was stabbed to death while trying to defend a young woman whose phone was snatched by thieves.
4. What are we leaving in 2016?
We need to leave behind the people who say ‘vrrrrrr-paaaah.’. And please the drought must remain in 2017.
5. Hopes for 2017
I hope for bigger and better. There is always a need to grow. As a country, 2017 will be tough both politically and economically. So we need to hold tight and hope for the best. I just hope all goes well without savagery.
 
screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-44-00-amDimbulukeni Nauyoma
Love or hate him, his presence and hands-on approach on matters current affairs will always be his key signature. Together with his friends, Dimbulukeni has become a force to be reckoned with in speaking against the practices not aiding ones fellow man. The activist reflects on the year that was.
1. 2016 was… It was a year of tested courage and determination. A lot needed to be done and many decisions had implications on people’s lives.
2. Highlight of the year
Varsity lockdown – this tested the strength of the student leaders and general students as it relates to the General Zombie tendencies. The fact that we went to court in jeans and shorts to speak against high fees. June 16 – this one specifically because against all odds young people came together irrespective of race, colour, gender and tribe. The Oshakati Mass Demonstration that took place last week and within 24 hours, the corrupt councilor resigned
3. Hero of the year
The radical youth that led successful protests in the country namely Paulus Kathanga, Abraham Kamati, Kadhila Amoomo and Kamwaina John. They played a significant role in the politics of 2016.
4. Loser of the year
You expect me to say Nangolo Mbumba because of the case right? Well no. I would say it’s Veiko Nekundi for failing to speak for young people in the August house and present youth empowering policies with practical meaning. Not forgetting Katrina Hanse-Himarwa for messing up and for not providing leadership in the education sector.
5. What are we leaving in 2016?
The three useless things we should leave behind are gossip, tribalism, nuunona. I meant to say useless people.
6. Hopes for 2017
I hope to be a father. I am aging and need to catch up with my friend activist Hangula. I also wish to promote the most radical book that you won’t find in bookshops entitled ‘Awakening a Generation.’Furthermore, we will continue to add practical meaning to Namibia and her people through the AR movement. Mr President, please save us.
 



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