Ongwediva to host choir competition

25 Apr 2019 19:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 25 APR (NAMPA) – Twenty-eight choirs have confirmed their participation in the first-ever Hymn Awards and Choir Competition to be held at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Friday and Saturday.
Event organiser Ndali Nenkavu in an interview with Nampa on Thursday said the choirs, both from within Oshana and outside the region, are to gather at the Ongwediva Trade Centre for the competition.
“The event starts with the social evening on Friday and the judging for the best songs will take place on Saturday,” Nenkavu narrated.
According to him, outside choirs that confirmed their participation are from the Zambezi, //Kharas, Kunene and Kavango East regions.
The competition is divided into various categories including Best Matured Choir, Youth Choir, Best Male Solo, Best Female Solo, Best Instrumental and Gender-Balanced Choir.
Nenkavu said the overall winners, Best Matured and Best Youth Choir will be awarded the top prizes worth N.dollars 10 000 each.
“This event will become an annual national event and is proposed to be held in all 14 regions of Namibia on a rotating basis,” he explained.
He went on to say the event is about sensitising the mind of the males and the youth to stop abusing women through ‘passion killing’ and gender-based violence.
The event also seeks to educate women to stop abortion, baby dumping, teenage pregnancy and dropping out of school.
“We have a strong belief that through an organised singing competition, young people will start loving songs and will be influenced to join choirs and then automatically curb these phenomena,” the event organiser said.
Several local businesses and organisations are sponsoring the event, which is to be hosted under the theme ‘Educating about social evils via hymn singing’.