Blossom apologises for derogatory remarks

24 Apr 2019 09:00am
WINDHOEK, 24 APR (NAMPA) – Songstress and Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) winning artist Blossom, real name Ruusa Ndapewa Munalye, has formally apologised for the derogatory remarks she made in 2017.
A media statement issued Monday by NAMAs executive chairperson Tim Ekandjo said Blossom tendered a formal apology letter.
It reads: “I hereby give a formal apology to the public in general, and to the Head of State, His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob, for a comment I made on social media in 2017 when I wrote on my page, Okwankara eeta ondjala. Biggest mistake. I fully take responsibility for this negative remark which may have been considered tribal. I further extend my apology as it is part of my duty as a musician and businesswoman to uphold unity.”
‘Okwankara eeta ondjala’ is a derogatory phrase in Oshiwambo translated as, “the Damara brought hunger”.
After this tribal utterance made on social media and the accompanying public response, Blossom was banned from participating in the NAMAs.
Ekandjo noted that the NAMAs executive committee welcomed Blossom’s apology and replied to her letter.
The letter written to Blossom reads: “We would like to thank you for taking this bold step in tendering your apology. Apologising is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. We wish to inform you that the NAMAs have accepted your apology.”