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Amazing Namibian Women

Mon, 5 September 2016 18:36
by Johanna Mafwila
Metro

 

 

An exhibition that goes towards celebrating the women in Namibia that have made a difference in the lives of many, both present and past, featuring different artists and mediums is currently on display at the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN).

The exhibition, which opened at the art gallery on the night of August 16th, saw the walls of the NAGN foyer being lined with images of some of Namibia’s most prominent and influential women of Namibia.

Hilde Basson-Namundjembo, who is one of the most prominent faces in Namibian Media industry, being the CEO of Oxygen Media and the face of a current affairs program ‘Talk of the Nation’ that is on show on the national broadcaster, the Namibian Broadcastign Cooperation (NBC) television is one of the women adoring the walls of the gallery as part of the exhibition.

Another prominent face on display is that of Aunty Rosa Namises, who has touched and continues to touch the lives of many, not only in her fight against gender based violence, but also in the work she does at the Dorlam Children’s Home.

A clay sculpture of former Miss Universe Michelle Mclean-Baille, who also has a primary school in the Katutura residential area named in her honour, is at the centre of the foyer.

In the sculpture are miniature children’s foot prints that are symbolising all the work she has done towards the betterment of the lives of Namibian children, not only during her time as Miss Namibia but beyond. She still stands out as the Miss Namibia who has done the most, especially through the Michelle Mclean Children’s Trust, 24 years after she wore the crown as the most beautiful woman in the country.

Walking up the stairs one is met with the smiling faces of Kovambo Nujoma and Sara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, who are the first First Lady of an independent Namibia and the first female Prime Minister of Namibia respectively.

Next to each art piece is a description of all the feats the different women have accomplished, which is a great way to not only encourage women empowerment but also educate audiences on how these women have, and continue to change history.

One can expect to be thrown off by the images of Dillish Matheus and Maria Nepembe as it is hard to understand what they have done that could put them in the same categories and calibre as Pendukeni Ivula Ithana or Lady Kakurukaze Mungunda, whose images are also housed on the gallery walls.

Be sure to go see the exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Namibia, as it runs to the tenth of September 2016.