Inspiration for all O&L employees
The Ohlthaver & List Group’s annual Mwenyopaleka Road Show to inspire and empower its employees that started in the last week of April, continues through May and will end at the beginning of June in Mariental.
Highlighting the show’s local impact, the Group Manager Employee Engagement, Sonja Thieme said “every single individual that forms part of this road show is Namibian.”
One of the anchor performers in the road show, Big Ben was very recently named the Best Male Artist of the Year at the 2016 Namibian Annual Music Awards. He composed and produced the O&L City Anthem, and performs it on the road show.
Actors that bring to life the values of the O&L Group through drama on the road show are led by Namibian veteran Laurinda Olivier-Sampson – Senior lecturer in Drama, and Head of Department: Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Namibia. She said the actors are local drama students and actors. “Some are UNAM students, others alumni and the rest from the community at large, but the entire cast is Namibian” she said.
The production crew include dB Audio Namibia which has been involved with Mwenyopaleka for most of the project’s 12 years of existence. Initially it was only with technical support – sound, lights, stage, screens, etc. – but since 2013 dB Audio has also been involved in the concept development, event direction and backstage management. DB Audio Partner, Ernst Steynberg said “Our own people are so influenced by the O&L culture and values that they have started living these sentiments within the dB Audio environment.”
The video production crew of this year’s road show is under the leadership of who has been producing video content for Mwenyopaleka since 2013. She worked on the Mad Max movie set when it was shot in the desert and was part of the crew that received an Oscar for their work.
“I am very proud and honoured to be associated with the Mwenyopaleka Road Show.
“O&L’s purpose of ‘Creating a Future, Enhancing Life’ ties in perfectly with my vision of growing the Namibian TV and film industry through empowering young and upcoming talent” she said.
Willem Vrey, the official photographer of the 2016 ‘Mwenyopaleka Road Show’ operates a commercial and fine-art photo studio and has been practising photography for about 7 years while the Master of Ceremonies Risto Nghambe popularly known as Rizzy has been in the Arts for well over a decade.
“I could not be more proud to be associated with this team. They are so talented and so passionate about what they do, and deliver outstanding quality of work” said Thieme.