Miss Namibia, Miss Teen finalists announced


The Miss Namibia and Miss Teen beauty pageants have now entered the final stage with the announcement of the ten finalists for both competitions.

The Miss Namibia Organisation announced the finalists at a glitzy two-day preliminary event held in Windhoek over the weekend.

The ten selected include women from diverse backgrounds.

Entries for the beauty extravaganza opened in March, and by the time it closed, a total of 102 entries were received for both pageants.

Following the close of entries, 20 semi-finalists were selected for each pageant.

Documentary digs slavery answers at St. Helena island


Windhoek-born Annina van Neel is set to showcase a documentary shedding light on the practice of slavery in the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena.

The island is said to be the site of thousands of burial grounds belonging to formerly enslaved Africans.

The documentary, titled "A Story of Bones," through poignant storytelling, questions whether current public discourse and actions adequately address the memorialization of these people.

Esparanza Martins crowned Miss Petite 2024


Esparanza Martins has been crowned Miss Petite 2024, securing the opportunity to represent Namibia in Malaysia in May.

Martins, in her debut pageant, clinched the title with Angelica Varela as her first runner-up and Helena Shiya as the second runner-up.

Reflecting on her journey, Martins spoke about the challenges of her first-time participation in a pageant, emphasising the demanding nature of the experience.

"Lukas" film premiers Thursday


A Namibian film that aims to tell the story of street children will premiere this Thursday at the Sterkinekor cinema at Grove Mall.

"Lukas," a film based on real-life stories of street kids in Windhoek, aims to create awareness and start a conversation about lasting solutions for children who live on the streets.

The film, by Ombetja Yehinga Organisation, conducted interviews with the street kids and developed a script based on their stories.

The hour-and-four-minute film involves about fifty actors depicting the real lives of those living on the streets.

Miss Earth Namibia jets off to Asia


Miss Earth Namibia Martha Kautanevali has jetted off to Asia, where she will be representing the country at the 23rd Miss Earth competition slated for December 22 in Vietnam.

A throng of family, friends, and supporters escorted her to the Hosea Kutako International Airport to wish her well.

Among the well-wishers was Miss Namibia Organisation's Chief Executive Officer, Umbi Karuaihe-Upi.

Kautanevali says that she is ready to represent Namibia at the competition.

Local film makers call for more investment


The African and especially Namibian film industries need deliberate investments from governments and the corporate world to empower local filmmakers.

Those involved in creating the Pan-African film Skeleton Coast believe that Africans must tell their own stories to improve their representation in the media.

Namibian Director and Content Creator Maria Nepembe, who has further experience as an actor in the Nigerian film industry, was the first Assistant Director for the project.

Invest more in the film industry - Dr. Williams Ijoma


A Nigerian filmmaker says film has a way of introducing nations. Therefore, there is a need for investment in this industry.

Dr. Williams Ijoma said this in an interview with nbc News.

Dr. Ijoma, who is on a familiarisation visit to Namibia for possible collaboration, visited the nbc headquarters.

He says many people know about Nigeria through film and emulate the culture through what they see in these films.

Miss Namibia Jameela |Uiras unveils national costume


Miss Namibia Jameela |Uiras has unveiled her national costume for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant slated for November 18 in El Salvador. 

At the event on the outskirts of the capital, |Uiras  paraded the oryx and diamond-inspired costume she will wear in the national dress category at the glitzy international event.

|Uiras explained how she came up with the idea for her costume, which she named the Majestic Diamond Oryx, and sketched.

The dress was designed by creator Mwatile Kapolola and stylist Nadia Wilson. 

EFN to host Journalism Awards


The Editors Forum of Namibia (EFN) will host the Journalism Awards this Thursday. The awards seek to recognise journalists for their outstanding work throughout 2021 and 2022.

Journalists will be recognised in the fields of politics and public governance, agriculture, environment, forestry and fisheries, education, health and social development, energy, visual storytelling, and sports. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of N$15,000, while the 2023 Journalist of the Year will walk away with N$25,000.