Namibia’s first Olympic gold medallist, Johanna Benson (Golden Girl) scooped the 2013 Windhoek lager ambassador award.
Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) announced the winners in seven different categories.
The announcements were made at a glittering gala event in Windhoek last week Wednesday.
The 2013 Windhoek Lager Ambassador initiative has had 21 finalists chosen by the five judges from more than 200 nominations received from Namibians all over the country. The initiative has been running since October 2012.
Voting lines had been open since May 2013 where the public was given the opportunity to choose winners in the categories of education; community; sports; health, science, & technology; business; conservation; and the arts.
Hilma Kapewasha was awarded the Education Ambassador, while well-known sign language interpreter, Selma Sackaria became the community ambassador with local scientist, Gladys Kahaka the health, science and technology ambassador and prominent businessman, Ben Hauwanga the business ambassador.
Sakaria Shilyomunhu is the conservation ambassador and the ‘violence against women’ fashion designer, Hem Matsi the arts ambassador.
Managing Director of NBL, Wessie van der Westhuizen, said that NBL launched the national pride programme to recognise and celebrate remarkable Namibians who, like the Windhoek Lager brand, have achieved international recognition for their exceptional qualities.
“The Windhoek Lager brand has – amongst other Namibian brands - achieved the most international acclaim and is probably one of the most widely exported brands of Namibia,” said van der Westhuizen
Also speaking at the event Executive Chairman of NBL, Sven Thieme said that the Windhoek Lager Ambassador initiative can be compared favourably to the overall purpose of the O&L Group.
“The Ohlthaver and List Group of Companies have embarked on an ambitious journey towards 2017 with a relentless passion and focus on our purpose ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’.
“This sees us purposefully driving towards enhancing the well-being of our people and our country while living by our set of seven all-important values - let’s talk; let’s do it; hooked on results; naturally today for tomorrow; we grow people; we do the right things right; and we all serve.
“Isn’t it, therefore, natural that we, taking our flagship export brand, create a platform to celebrate Namibians who are shining examples of living these values?” Enquired Thieme.
He also thanked and congratulated all finalists and expressed his admiration and gratitude to them for their selfless service and dedication.
The Honourable Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob was the key-note speaker at the event but spoke off the cuff and from the heart.
He thanked the O&L Group for this great initiative saying that he was deeply impressed with the finalists and what they have done and continue to do for the country and its people.
At the same time Geingob also took the opportunity to mention that alcohol in moderation was acceptable but that Namibians should refrain from abusing alcohol and becoming a nation of drunkards.
The Female Artist of the year Blossom graced the attendants with a high note music performance.