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Honouring the Great Fela Kuti the ‘old school way’

Honouring the Great Fela Kuti the ‘old school way’

Felabration Namibia, a vinyl music event will be hosted through a partnership between FNCC and KoolTrain, a local media and events company on 28 October 2017 at 18:00. Tickets are available at the FNCC and are N$70 in advance and N$100 at the door.

Felebration is an annual music festive conceived in 1998 in memory and celebration of Nigerian musician and human rights activist, Fela Kuti who passed on in 1997.

Local vinyl DJ, Brother Mbango and DJ, TheNew T:Mer will be spinning vinyl records of Fela Kuti and other Afrobeat/Afrofunk artists.

They will be blending music from across the continent and the African Diaspora, with Latin Jazz, Cuban Guajira, Brazilian Bossa Nova, Congolese Rumba and Soukous, Japanese Koto and Shakuhachi Music, Rare South African Funk, Zimbabwean Mbira music, Central African Juju music, Ghanaian Hi-life, Nigerian Afro-beat, Malian Mande, Triniaddian Calypso, American Rare Funk Soul, Northern Soul, Jazzy Hip Hop and Cape Verde Zouk all on vinyl.

Fela had a vision for a united Africa and was dedicated to the liberation and self determination of all Africans and those in the diaspora. His life was marked by bravery, humanitarianism, fierce radicalism and honesty that serve as inspiration for artists and activists all over the world. His unparalleled body of work has influenced and continue to influence a wide range of musicians around the globe.


About The Author

Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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.