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MTC promises biggest awards ever

 Preparation of the Rhino Garment Warehouse behind Ramatex for the NAMAs started on Monday this week. Workers from R&L Cleaning Services are seen scraping the floors of the warehouse. (Photograph by Lorato Khobetsi)The main organiser of the Namibia Music Awards (NAMAs), MTC, has laid to rest the fears of most music lovers who had concerns about the venue of this year’s awards and has in fact, promised them the biggest event the country has ever seen. The event will be hosted at the Rhino Garment Warehouse behind the old Ramatex clothing factory in Otjomuise.
According to Tim Ekandjo, chief human capital and corporate communications officer at MTC, the telecommunications company has all its experts in play and are working on making this event the best ever seen in the country.
“This is where our expertise comes into play. We have a creative bunch of people at MTC and have long started working on the concept of the venue and can promise the people an experience that they have never ever seen in Namibia,” said Ekandjo.
Ensuring the safety of everyone who will be in attendance at the awards, Ekandjo said “the security issue is at all venues and not just at the Ramatex venue. We have ensured enough security including the City Police and the Namibian Police force, they will ensure that all our guest are safe and comfortable and that they enjoy the experience.”
The Rhino Garment warehouse, which was once used as a packaging facility and has not been used for over three years, will be transformed in order to host one of the most prestigious events on the local entertainment calendar. The NAMAs will be held on 14 April.
Ekandjo further said that the Rhino Garment Warehouse will be the ideal place to host an event of this magnitude because it is big enough to accommodate over 4000 people, is central to the public and is easily accessible and is spacious and flexible for world class staging and production.
“For one night, this space will be transformed and converted into a truly explosive and captivating music and entertainment experience to a level Namibians have never experienced before,” he said.
Ekandjo also said that the budget to transform this venue is not important and has not been finalised yet as they will continue to fix things here and there at the venue.
“The emphasis for us is creating a new experience for our guests and that we will definitely achieve with the plans in place. This is by far the biggest NAMAs that we have ever planned and if last year’s event was anything to write about, this year will be much much bigger and better and definitely an event not to be missed for anything in this world,” he said.
Ekandjo urged the public to become part of this once in a lifetime experience by supporting their favourite artists by voting and by buying tickets.
“The tickets are much much more affordable compared to last year and we therefore expect people to come out in their numbers,” he concluded.

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