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National song competition launched

National song competition launched

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture is coordinating and organizing a competition for a National Song titled ‘My Namibia’.

The competition will run for a period of one month whereby the public will be required to submit original recorded songs accompanied by lyrics.

The closing date for submission is 11 September at 15:00 and Windhoek based submission to be made at NASCAM House and regional submissions should be made at Ministry of Information and Communication Technology regional offices.

The judges who are still to be nominated will select five tip songs and give the public a chance to vote for their favourite song out of the selected five and the winner will be awarded N$50,000 plus royalties.

Hon. Tjekero Tweya, Minister of Information and Communication Technology said they are not trying to replace the National Anthem and that other countries also have national songs which are less formal and only sung for patriotism, unity and national pride.

A National song is less formal and has no rules and regulations whenever being sung and shall complement our national anthem in arousing feelings of patriotism and unity and will not be compulsory for official ceremonies,” he explained.

He emphasized that in order to reach out to the public and invite them to participate in this competition, the committee is going to roll out a mass media campaign and also carry out road shows throughout the country in order to create awareness and popularizes the competition.

“I want to call upon fellow citizens to put their creative minds to this project and participate in the competition because the process of nation building does not end, it requires reinforcement time and again,” he concluded.

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