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Brazilian Jogo de Corpo premieres after Easter

AfricAvenir in partnership with On Land Productions, presents the Namibian Premiere of the Angolan-Brazilian-Namibian film “Jogo de Corpo” on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 at the Goethe-Centre Windhoek.

The director of this film, Richard Pakleppa, and the Brazilian film crew will attend the screening.
In the film, a descendant of enslaved Africans, Capoeira Mestre Cobra Mansa, looks in Africa for what he does not have in Brazil. ”Jogo de Corpo”/”Body Games” tells a story of combat games, dances and music that connect Brazil and Africa from the time of slavery to the present. Jogo de Corpo/Body Games presents a sensual tapestry of combat games from both sides of the Atlantic. Jogo de Corpo/Body Games tells a story driven by Mestre Cobra Mansa’s need to understand the ancestry of his art form, Capoeira, as part of a wider concern with his Afro-Brazilian heritage. The search for roots starts in Rio where, as a 12-year old street child Cobra found survival and self-esteem in the games of Capoeira. He tells how through Capoeira he grew into Brazil’s black movement and discovered his identity as an Afro Brazilian.
By participating as a contestant in Capoeira and engaging with Capoeira masters from Rio and Bahia, Cobra takes us into a world of Africa in Brazil. It is the world of “Capoeira Angola” where Capoeira players kick, spin and dodge to songs that evoke African ancestors, the world of enslaved forefathers and masters and a mythical place called “Angola”.
In the real Angola, Cobra Mansa follows the traces of a powerful Brazilian myth about Capoeira’s African origins. This myth links Capoeira to a legendary Angolan game called Engolo – the Zebra dance. His search takes him to remote villages in southern Angola where Engolo players teach him “the art of bending with the wind” and tell of Engolo players who enter the game through being possessed by their ancestors. Through an exchange of Capoeira and Engolo in the dusty villages of Angola Cobra begins to understand the affinities and differences between combat games played on both sides of the Atlantic. Besides Engolo he finds other African combat games that remind him of 1970’s street fighting in Brazil. In southern Angola he also finds musical bows that are strikingly similar to the Brazilian berimbau, an instrument played by Capoeiristas.

Ousmane Sembene Prize ZIFF 2014
Best Editing Prize Portsmouth International Film Festival 2014.

A film by Richard Pakleppa, Matthias Röhrig Assunção and Mestre Cobra Mansa.

When: 08 April, 2015, 19:15, Venue: Goethe Centre Windhoek, Entrance: N$10.

Production Details:”Jogo de Corpo”/”Body Games”, Manganga Produções/ On Land Productions, 2013, 87 min. HD, Language: Portuguese with Sub-titled English.


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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.