MAfrika on Love and Africa.

03 Jun 2015 14:00pm


Vid clip WINDHOEK, 02 JUN (NAMPA) - Interviewing people is part and parcel of my daily routine, but it is not everyone that come from a country that is not on the world atlas, cannot be found on Google, and speaks a language that is unique to Nicola Jackman who is no stranger to the camera, newspapers or stage. With her roots in Namibia, Nicky as Nichola, is affectionately known developed her own unique stage character and language. When walking on stage welcoming her audience in her lingua 'Minxa-dish' from her imaginary land called 'MinXa' (Min-Kah) one sense two words that is part of our daily lives, 'HaXaku and Milo' meaning love and heart. During the interview it is evident that regardless where you come from, what language you speak, or what your background is, one word 'Love' shares a common denomination across all borders. During the interview and drinking coffee on her parents sunny porch on the outskirts of Windhoek overlooking the Auas Mountains, Nikki's bubbly personality and positive outlook is so contagious that it seems the wild birds in the area also joined to participate in the exclusive interview with this 'Joy Catalyst' as she calls herself, by chirping and sitting in he nearby trees, complete as if they want to listen in, during the interview. Who is this Nicky from the land 'MinXa' that binds her audience? This energetic 'Joy Catalyst' not only got the attention of her audience during a recently performance in Windhoek, but also the author of this story. 'MinXa' is this kind of tree-land in my imagine, this beautiful land where everything is perfect, sparkling, green and full of nature, in essence without any damage from any human mess-ups' Nicky described this land with a smile in her voice. But the voice and character behind Nicky, known as MAfrika, said she came from 'MinXa' to Africa, as she was told that the people of Africa have so much love in their hearts. 'MAfrika' also makes use of the stage to help people to face and overcome their fears, as fear is one thing that affects most of the human race. It was clear during the interview that Jackman thrive on the positive that life offers, and in her kind of work, there is no place for the opposite of positive, knowingly the word fear. 'I want to believe that fear is taught to humans, I want to believe that we are all born without fear.' she joyfully told this reporter during the interview. She further added, whenever she works with children in hospitals across South Africa and Namibia, she always sees innocence in children, their purity and their love. 'So we are born with love, and we are love, but our social system teaches us fear and we perpetuated it for a long time.' Jackman said. And it is this very same word 'fear' that Jackman want to erase from us human being by means of plays, drama and motivational talks. She added that she enthuse addressing to fight fear into her performing (he)art, as she wants to tell people that fear is a choice. But who is this women called Nicky Jackman or MAfrika?, who inspires her and where does she get her energy from to inspire and motivate others? She is also a human being with feelings and emotions like the rest of us. Without digging to deep for an answer, she spontaneously answered that children, with whom she worked for the past 12 years are her inspiration and her teacher. 'I see within children that negativity is something that we are creating, by what we are thinking and secondly by what we are speaking, and our actions seems to intimidate the system the way it is.' She narrated. But how does she go about, through her drama, to get children to get rid of fear. And this is here that MAfrika uses drama, fictional characters, whilst using her talent as a voice artist to play the role of various characters to address the issue of fear. Her idea to get rid of fear by putting it (the fear) in a bag, close it and dispose of it, is what her story is all about on stage. When appearing on stage with her green dress, a tree as a hat, and a butterfly, representing her life companion, swinging from her headgear. Her one (wo)man's shows are indeed an inspiration, as she represent several characters on stage, each with it's own voice and physicality. Her love for stages and dramas reminds one so much of the very same fairy tales that our grand parents told us. Sadly with the modern technology like television, internet and cellphones and the social media, that togetherness to listen to fairy tales is slowly becoming extinct. 'The power of fairy tales, plays a valuable role in our daily lives, and fairy tales were often used to overcome fear, as many of them actually had the element of fear.' MAfrika said. Ultimately that is the main objectives from MAfrika that through earth, air, fire and water, they (the audience) learn to overcome fear and bring back joy and love, she added. Coming back to the social media, Nicky said that she does not fear technology, but keep on thinking of new ways on how to engage technology to keep her audience she targets. 'I am taking on the system (technology) to reach my audience, if the masses use television then I will ask use that medium to reach my market.' But it does not stop there, as she and her crew already working hard to release an animated platform to share and tell her stories. Apart from her imaginary world 'MinXa' Nicky keeps on forming and creating her own words as the interview progress. Words like 'wow-ders' - a 'Wow-der' is the personification of the word 'wow', and they are not necessary politicians or singers, but ordinary people in society, she said. One such ''wow-der' Nicky said was a girl-child of around 14 years old that she met during her recent visit to Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi region. This little 14 year old 'wow-der' who grows up in a house where the mother is absent, and her father, who is a soldier, is hardly at home due to his national duties, did not robbed her of being child whose heart and mind is open, Jackman said. 'Her heart is so open, that she just want people to be able to receive the message that Namibia is a land where we all share everything' Nicky narrated about the person that 'wowed' her. In a broken world with so many wars, uncertainty and a social system that is falling apart, Jackman said that if she had the powers of a magical wand, she would bring back love and joy. '.Only when I walk down a supermarket, in a street, in the busiest of cities, and I see that people notice each other and greet each other, then I know, my work is complete.' MAfrika said. She ended the interview by saying the perfect world in her eyes will be where human-beings are being 'human-kind' - a combination of 'human' and 'kind'again to each other. One cannot but wonder at the end of the two hour interview, whereby a lot of views and laughters were exchanged, why the world can not have more Nichola Jackmans or MAfrikas as she calls herself. (NAMPA) FL/