The Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMA) earlier on announced that it will give away 400 standing tickets to students based at the coast. This decision to provide free entrance to the students was motivated by a desire to ensure that students get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the NAMAs event, especially since it is taking place in their region for the first time this year.

The breakdown comprises the Namibia Institute for Mining and Technology (NIMT), based in Arandis, which will receive 200 tickets, while the Namibian Institute for Marine and Fisheries Training students will receive a total of 120 tickets. The remaining 80 tickets has been allocated to the International University of Management (IUM) Swakopmund campus. The three tertiary institutions have expressed their satisfaction and said that the students are excited to be attending the NAMA’s live for the very first time. They usually only watch the NAMA’s on TV and this presents them with an experience of a lifetime, and we would therefore like to thank the NAMA’s for their kind gesture.

NAMA Executive Chairman, Tim Ekandjo says “We have opted for tertiary students in order to play it safe in terms of age, so that we don’t have under-aged students at the event, because that would be irresponsible of us.”

He further added that, “We (the committee) have also extended invitations to the leadership of the Erongo region, the Honourable Governor and the Mayors of all the towns in the Erongo region, so that they can come and celebrate this national event with us. I can now confirm that the Right Honourable Prime Minister will also attend the NAMA 2014 event, as will several Honourable Ministers including the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Fisheries and ICT. We want our national leaders to be part of such events so that they too can appreciate the effort that Namibian artists put into their art.”

Ekandjo goes on to encourage corporates and the residents of the Erongo region to start buying their tickets. “This year the NAMAs are in your region and as host we want to see you there in your numbers. I therefore encourage you to get your tickets as soon as possible to avaid disappointment,” says Ekandjo.

NAMA 2014 will be held on Saturday 3 May at the Swakopmund Sports Indoor Centre. Tickets cost N$500 VIP and N$250 for standard, and are available at Computicket outlets at Shoprite Branches nationwide.