Namibia own ‘Guantanamera’ to be released soon

Lahja Nashuuta

Windhoek – Namibia will soon have its own national song titled ‘My Namibia‘ which is less formal and has no rules and regulations whenever being sung.

The song will supplement the formal national and African Union anthems and will encompasses elements of unity in diversity in terms of culture, tolerance, national pride and patriotism and should be celebratory in nature and evoke a feeling of national pride and patriotism.

Speaking at the launch of the My Namibia National Song competition in Windhoek on Thursday, Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya said the national song is part of “My Namibia, My Country, My Pride” national pride campaign launched in 2011.

The campaign is aimed at strengthening the nation building process which commenced at independence under the banner of One Namibia, One Nation spearheaded by Founding President Sam Nujoma.

“We are not trying to replace our national anthem, no but we want a national song that is less formal, that can be sung at any time in any shape and that all Namibians can dance to,” Tweya said.

Unlike the national anthem that requires the audience to give it a standing ovation and remind citizens of the history and culture of the country, the national song will be a happy song that will be sung with no rules and regulations attached and it is not compulsory.

Tweya said the national song was the brainchild of President Hage Geingob who in April this year tasked the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, in collaboration with Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to organise a competition for the production of the song.

He therefore urged Namibian authors and composers to compose a maximum four-minute song and submit it to his ministry by 11 September 2017. The winner will walk away with N$50 000.

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