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Hitradio’s Sybille grabs international vote as most popular German living outside Germany

Hitradio’s Sybille grabs international vote as most popular German living outside Germany

Hitradio Namibia’s bubbly Sybille Moldzio has just been named the most popular German living in a non-German country by a media group styling itself as International Media Support (Internationalen Medienhilfe).

Sybille garnered nearly a quarter of all the votes cast by around 8600 German living across the world. She competed against four other women of German decent, respectively hailing from Chile, Romania, Brazil and the USA.

Medienhilfe’s Björn Akstinat said any of the five finalists could have won the competition since all are prime examples of German descendants living abroad. “This is not a beauty pageant. This competition is only for women who form part of a German-speaking community outside Germany itself. They are recognised for their contributions to their own communities,’ he stated.

The competition, now in its third year, also serves to bring expat German communities to the attention of mainstream Germans living in Germany. “Many citizens of the Federal Republic knows basically nothing about German minorities in the rest of the world as this issue does not feature in the school curriculum.”

Sybille’s formal award title is Expat German of the Year 2021. Medienhilfe described her as a role model for the German community in her native Namibia.


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Daniel Steinmann

Brief CV of Daniel Steinmann. Born 24 February 1961, Johannesburg. Educated at the University of Pretoria: BA, BA(hons), BD. Postgraduate degrees are in Philosophy and Divinity. Editor of the Namibia Economist since 1991. Daniel Steinmann has steered the Economist as editor for the past 29 years. The newspaper started as a monthly free-sheet, then moved to a weekly paper edition (1996 to 2016), and on 01 December 2016 to a daily digital newspaper at His editorial focus is on economic analysis based on budget analysis, dissecting strategic planning and assessing the impact of policy formulation. For eight years, he hosted a weekly talk-show on NBC Radio, explaining complex economic concepts to a lay audience in a relaxed, conversational manner. He was a founding member of the Editors' Forum of Namibia. Over the years, he has mentored scores of journalism students as interns and as young professional journalists. He often assists economics students, both graduate and post-graduate, to prepare for examinations and moderator reviews. He is the Namibian respondent for the World Economic Survey conducted every quarter for the Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys at the University of Munich in Germany. He is frequently consulted by NGOs and international analysts on local economic trends and developments. Send comments to [email protected]