NAMA 2015 SHOW HOSTS ANNOUNCED

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NAMA 2015 SHOW HOSTS ANNOUNCED

After a vigorous audition process that saw over 500 hopefuls participate to audition to become the 2015 NAMA show host, the NAMA Organizers have finally revealed the names of this years show host. Considered the biggest MC job in the country by far, hosting Namibia’s biggest musical event with a live audience of over 4000 people and a further 600,000 TV audience, the Organizers made sure they picked the best of the best.

The big surprise factor in this years announcement is that for the very first time in NAMA history, 2 Namibian artist have been selected to co-host the show with the main show host as guest host. This has become an international trend at award ceremonies where artist themselves host the show. So for the very first time, Gazza and Lady May will become Namibia’s first artist to co-host the main event and as part of the NAMA mandate to expand promotion of Namibian artists and NAMA as a platform to audiences across the rest of Africa, this year will also feature a guest host role by African music star Keko from East Africa, who will be the host link to also introduce Namibian artists to these new audiences across borders.

Alongside them will be Mavis Braga, who is currently a radio personality at Energy100fm with Ashwyn Mberi who will make his consecutive appearance on the NAMA stage as co-host.

Welcoming and interviewing all the VIP guest on the blue carpet at the main awards on Saturday will be Milton Hochobeb and Pombili Shilongo while Chops and Uejaa will be in the Blue Room.

Paul and Helena will be the main show host for the Friday NAMA Industry Awards that will now for the first time also be live on NBC. On the Blue Carpet will be Uejaa and Ruffy.

Herewith full profiles of all show and guest host in their own words:

SATURDAY AWARDS GUEST SHOW HOSTS:

Gazza:

Lazarus Shiimi, known by his stage name Gazza, is one of the most commercially successful recording artists in Namibia. Gazza was born on 10 March 1977 in Oshakati (North of Namibia) in a family of seven. At that time, he had to live in a shack behind someone’s house after his father died. Despite those modest beginnings, he has always pursued the goals he had set for his life. Gazza has always loved challenges. As a soccer lover, he nicknamed himself Gazza after famous English soccer player Paul Gascoigne.

Since the entrance into the Namibian music scene, Gazza has worked his way up to become the most commercially successful artist in Namibia. He has also become a firm favourite in Namibian households with the young and old alike and has embarked on tours that have expose him to the rest of Africa and the world. He has been well accepted and is a firm favourite with Channel O, a DStv channel, where his work and life is regularly showcased.

His music can be defined as a mix of several influences namely Kwaito, Dancehall, Reggae, Hip Hop and his lyrics are about the township life. His sharp lyrics reflect the intricacies of Namibian life and strike a familiar chord with Namibians from all walks of life, young and old.

To date, he has released 10 albums, all of which have contributed to making Gazza the best selling recording artist of all time in Namibia. Gazza recently released his 10th album titled Ondjila – Long Journey which was launched at The Hage Geingob stadium on 11 October 2014.

Besides being a lyricist and performer, Gazza takes his influence to another level, and amongst others, serves as the Goodwill Ambassador of Education sanctioned by the Ministry of Education as well as an Ambassador for Team Namibia as well as the Back To School Campaign (at the office of the Prime Minister). Gazza believes that education is the backbone that leads to success and makes everyone’s dreams come true.

Lady May:

The award winning musician Lady May started to sing from the age of six, but it was during her teenage years that she knew that music and performing was her calling and her purpose in life. In 2004 she won the award for Best Female Artist in the Namibian Music Awards with her first single Lady 4 Life. In 2005 Lady May released her first album ‘Kamaali’, which is the Oshiwambo term for ‘Little Martha’. In 2006 she released her second Album ‘Come and Get Me’. In 2006 she was nominated again for both awards and in 2007 she got the nomination for Artist of the Year at the Sanlam Music Awards. As from 2007 Lady May started making waves over the border. Namibia was placed on the map when she performed at the Big Brother Africa eviction show in Johannesburg, South Africa and when she won the Channel O (Africa) Music Awards in the category Best Dance Music Video in 2008 and 2009.

Lady May released her 3rd album ‘Pink Chokolate’ in 2009. In December 2009, she was invited to perform at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin, Germany by NGO called AfricAvenir and had her second performance at YAAM club, a most popular reggae club in Berlin. In May 2010, she released her 4th album ‘Tiger Ambition’.

Over the years Lady May has become renowned for her unique mixture of music styles and her vibrant and daring performances and sense of fashion. Lady May attacks the stage in electrifying performance with captivating African beats and rhythms. She has dancing styles and unpredictable movements with unique tricks. When asked what kind of music she brings the talented artist responds, “It’s a mixture of Afro Pop, Traditional Oshiwambo feel and deferent dance music elements”. Although she is receiving more and more recognition for her work nationally and internationally, Lady May is a diva with her feet solidly on the ground. “It’s important to remember where you come from, who helped you get there and what you need to do to make it in this industry. I believe that respecting your gift, time; being prepared and organized is the key to a professional and successful career. Life is precious but not always easy. It’s important to cherish what you have and live life to the fullest instead of complaining about what you don’t have.”

Lady May represented Namibia in the Big Brother Africa Star game, season 7 and she was the last woman standing as she made it to the top three for the finale of the show. Lady May is currently a TV presenter under PLATO PRODUCTIONS. In 2014, Lady May presented at (MAMAS) MTV Africa Music Awards Black Carpet, ‘Durban July’ annual event, and at the Metro FM Awards Red Carpet in South Africa.

During her field Presenting work she has interviewed many international celebrities….namely Trey Songs from America(US), Zakes Bantwini, Flavour(Nigeria), Zahara(SA), Nandi Ngoma(SA), Micasa(SA) Donald(SA) just to name a few.

This hard working, positive minded musician is convinced that dreams are there to be achieved. Lady May knows that the music industry is not a piece of cake; it’s tough, crazy, and very competitive. Yet with faith and determination she is reaching for the stars!

Keko:

Award-winning Keko, born Jocelyne Tracey Keko, has collaborated with Uganda’s elite such as Juliana, Joanita Kawalya and Radio & weasal and Chicago based Kerry Lee. The release of much acclaimed track ‘Go Green’ with Angela Katatumba further cemented her place as the most talented new artist from Africa because it showed her ability and versatility to tackle important subject matter such as climate awareness.

Keko rose to fame in 2010 with the release of “Fallen Heroes”, where she appeared alongside other established Ugandan artists like Don MC, SP, DAVIS and the Mwanba children choir. After delivering what was arguably the best verse on the track, Keko began to turn heads with her lyrics, delivery style and sheer presence on tracks.

She has performed at the annual Selam Festival in Ethiopia alongside hand picked international artists from around the world and is well known for bringing the house down. Her buzz and success in a short period of time also led to an invitation to join the cream of the crop of African artists to perform at the Big Brother Africa 6 Amplified show in South Africa, which she was described by the host’s as the stand out performer.

Her breakthrough single ‘How We Do It’ took the East African and African music charts by storm, making her an instant household name in East Africa. The success of the track led to a 2011 Channel O Video Music Award for most gifted East African Video, and more recently a synch with Supersport Africa. Keko has previously been the face of Pepsi and Mountain Dew in East Africa, all whilst growing her fan base across the continent.

SATURDAY AWARDS MAIN SHOW HOST:

Ashwin:

Performer at heart and passionate about the arts.Voice over artist and actor. My heart is with the stage and television mainly because opportunity knocks gave me a chance to connect to a wide and diverse Namibian audience. Poetry has always been an outlet and has connected me with various artists in the industry and has given me access to Namibia’s artistic soul which in turn has made me love the land of the brave more and more

Mavis:

My Name is Mavis Elias Braga, I am a radio personality at Energy100fm and a Civil Engineering student at the Polytechnic of Namibia. I do my practical work at Buhrmann and Partners consulting engineers whilst also running a charity project known as Love is Charity.

Generally as a person the one trait that is dominant is my drive and ambition. It’s not so much the fear of failure that drives me but my love for helping the needy. Everything I do ties into one day being successful enough to run a charity home. It will entail that I am financially stable enough to house orphaned children. That is the long term goal and that is why I have already started engaging in charity work. I do charity work for two charity homes and a kitchen namely: Aunty Alice Kitchen, OVC Organisation and Let the children come to me.

Ultimately, I am a lover. I love people but too love to be alone. I read an incredible lot. Jodi Picoult is my favorite author followed by Paulo Coelho. Family is my number priority, however I have a number of friends that are family.

SATURDAY AWARDS BLUE CARPET SHOW HOSTS:

Pombili

Hi guys, my name is Pombili Shilongo, 24 years of age, born and raised in Windhoek

I am currently an Assistant Producer at Content Hub (NBC) and a TV and Rradio Presenter of the very well popular music show “Whatagwan”. With a diploma in script writing and directing this has advanced my passion and experience in the broadcasting world.

I’m a humbled and down to earth individual who is always willing to learn and lend a helping hand where I can, I am very passionate about my work, outreach ministry and the ability to push myself to reach new altitudes in life. I love trending fashion be it hairstyles, hills or outfits , swimming, cooking and spending quality time with my loved ones

Milton Xuro

I am Milton Hochobeb, preferably XURO. 32 years old and NO I don’t use Botox

I am a Mobile Home Sales Advisor by default. I have no experience on TV but have done many many voice overs for radio

I am a social butterfly, grew up on a farm, love travelling, I speak English, Afrikaans, German and Damara. I have 70 brothers and sisters, I am all about positive vibes and making people laugh, I have a alter ego her Name is Oc Ebs, a damara lady in her mid-thirties married to a Oshivambo speaking man..They have three lovely children and…oh well let’s just say she makes my life complete.

SATURDAY AWARDS BLUE ROOM SHOW HOSTS:

Chopsy

Love being in my 30’s. My dream is to transform attitudes and thinking through my passions. My background is not like a lot of other Namibians – yes, my parents were hardworking, they tried to give me the best education and opportunities but I have always believed in doing things myself and my own way!

I love the idea of working in media and learning to tell great stories with only the words in my mind. For me working at Radiowave 96.7fm, not only represents having a great job that is challenging and has variety but also a chance to learn every day and create my own opportunities as a personality and host. Lastly, my life mantra is what guides me through every day. That is – Live Well, Play Hard and Get Freaking Angry! Let’s do this!

Uejaa

I would say I’m someone who is mature, candid and believes in integrity. Every day I work to improve myself and my skills—that’s part of becoming better at what I do.

Born on 1st April 1983 in Windhoek, I have been in the entertainment industry for the past 7 years, currently employed as the Marketing and Public Relations Officer for Moola Mobile Games (Pty) LTD, a part-time radio presenter on 99fm, part-time 3rd year Media student at the Polytechnic of Namibia and voice over artist for radio and TV adverts. Over the years I have developed an impressive list of clients that request me as a Master of Ceremonies and Event Hostess, on a regular basis.

In 2014 I was chosen to host MTC & Namibia Premier League Awards which was aired live on NBC 1 for the second year running. Below see some of the events where I have been the Master of ceremonies.

The NAMAs take place on the 1st and 2nd May 2015 at the Swakopmund Sports Indoor Centre. VIP tickets sell for only N$500 while Standard tickets go for N$250 only. Ticket are available at Computicket Nationwide and for online purchase.

FRIDAY AWARDS MAIN SHOW HOSTS:

Paul

Born 8th December, 1991, Paul Munanjala is the second born from a family of 5. Born and raised in Zambia, Paul has had the passion for music and media since high school which he completed in 2008. He has a diploma in Hardware and Network Engineering as well as a diploma in Camera and Filming. He is in his 4th year of study, pursuing a degree in Media Studies at the University of Namibia, majoring in Broadcasting.

Paul Munanjala is a 23 year old R&B singer, songwriter and performer. He is also an ambassador under UNICEF for a project called Brothers for Life Zambia which deals with HIV and AIDS awareness, good moral behaviour amongst men, gender based violence and other vices. He is a radio and television presenter, voice over artist, and is totally in love with music. He loves football, movies, cooking and travel. His inspiration is John Dykes, who presents the Barclays Premier League match day programme on weekends. His vision and dream is to see proactive and educated youths who will create success stories to inspire generations to come.

Helena

My name is Helena Ngaifiwa and I’m 27 years old born in Arandis, but raised in Swakopmund. I’m currently working at Namibia Careers Expo as a project coordinator, however I’m also a freelance presenter on Energy 100fm, a News Anchor at One Africa TV and I’m an aspiring youth activist.

I have experience in both Television and Radio broadcasting as a presenter and public speaking. My most memorable event has to be the 25th birthday for Kalahari Holding Group of Companies where I was the master of ceremonies alongside household comedian Mr. Neville Basson. This event stood out because I was honoured to host an event graced by His Excellency, President Hifikepyunye Pohamba.

Due to the nature of my work and passion for youth empowerment, I regularly tour around Namibia and inspire young people to stay in school and focus on education. I especially enjoy talking to young girls about the issues and challenges they may face as teenagers.

I believe that life is a journey that doesn’t come with a manual and we have to share our experiences with one another in order to better equip those that are following us.

FRIDAY AWARDS BLUE CARPET SHOW HOST:

Uejaa

I would say I’m someone who is mature, candid and believes in integrity. Every day I work to improve myself and my skills—that’s part of becoming better at what I do.

Born on 1st April 1983 in Windhoek, I have been in the entertainment industry for the past 7 years, currently employed as the Marketing and Public Relations Officer for Moola Mobile Games (Pty) LTD, a part-time radio presenter on 99fm, part-time 3rd year Media student at the Polytechnic of Namibia and voice over artist for radio and TV adverts. Over the years I have developed an impressive list of clients that request me as a Master of Ceremonies and Event Hostess, on a regular basis.

In 2014 I was chosen to host MTC & Namibia Premier League Awards which was aired live on NBC 1 for the second year running. Below see some of the events where I have been the Master of ceremonies:

Ruffy:

I am Ruffy, government full name Rufaro Faith Chakanyuka. I am 26 years old , Zimbabwean by birth and I consider myself an adopted loved daughter of Namibia.

I am a 4th Year student at The University of Namibia (UNAM) : Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) majoring in Banking and Finance.

Currently a Radio Presenter at Unam Radio and was a Tv Presenter on one of the liveliest entertainment shows on NBC last year called Flippen Frisky.

I am working real hard to live up to the hashtag #BaddestChickOnTv&Fm fam! Constantly throwing myself into adventures that open up a window of self-discovery everyday be it hosting, music or acting! Going blonde was the best decision I ever made last year, it’s my access card everywhere I go! I am domesticated, love traveling, and I live for YouTube Comments! I end all my episodes with #BoomBaby and my motto for 2015 is “I’m hot , I’m young and I’m ready work!”

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