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Tribute to Michael Jackson

Mon, 4 July 2016 20:00
by Johanna Mafwila

The Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre was home to a photographic exhibition that payed tribute to the king of pop, Michael Jackson.
The exhibition featured a wide range of images from Jackson’s trip to Namibia during his World tour of 1998. Showcasing images of Jackson with various Namibian dignitaries and the who’s is who of Namibian politics.
Jackson was in the country for the annual Southern African Economic Forum summit where he said he would donate funds to help make the world a better place for children.
The pictures all taken by Hangula Werner show behind the scenes meetings between the icon then President Dr Sam Nuuyoma, his wife and current president Dr Hage Geingob.
Pictures taken on a visit to the SOS Children’s home show just how much this pop icon was admired as he is flanked by big eyed children who look up to him with wonder and aw in their eyes.
The most catching images in the exhibition are those of a small boy dressed in a tux appearing to pull off a few classic Jackson moves. With a big grin on his face, the image emphasis the emotions felt by millions while listening to Jackson’s music.
For those that loved the king of pop this exhibition worked as a way of reminding the Namibian people that someone of his fame and magnitude cared about the plight of the Namibian children.
The exhibition ran from the 20th to the 24th of June 2016, those who missed it can only keep their fingers crossed in hopes that one day another exhibition of this kind will be held.