10 Aug 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 10 AUG (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) launched the 'My Namibia' song competition on Thursday.
MICT as the custodian of the Nationhood and National Pride campaign, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, organised the competition to boost national identity, pride and nation building.
The competition is open to all Namibians.
Entrants should compose and produce a song in English under the theme 'My Namibia, My Country, My Pride'.
The song will be titled 'My Namibia'.
Speaking at the launch, Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya said the song will not replace the national anthem and will be less formal and more jovial.
It will complement our national anthem in arousing feelings of patriotism and unity and will not be compulsory for official ceremonies, he said.
The Ministry of Educations acting Permanent Secretary, Veno Kauaria noted that it is hoped that the song will bring together Namibians.
This will enhance mutual respect, unity and improve cross cultural communication which is valuable for the growth of our small nation, Kauaria said.
The recorded song (original work) must be accompanied by written lyrics.
Songs can be submitted from the day of the launch (Thursday) until 11 September. Phase two, the vetting process, takes place from 12 to 19 September.
From 20 September to 04 October, the judging and selection of the five top songs will take place, which will be followed by voting by the public.
The winner of the competition will be awarded N.dollars 50 000 and royalties.