WINDHOEK, FEB 27 – With over a combined decade of experience in front of the camera, Namibian teenagers Shane Smith (15) and Ritha Kakelo (16) will be in charge of introducing an array of talent that will spearhead the beginning of a revolution in Namibia’s adolescent entertainment atmosphere – Namibia’s first ever Teen Inspirational Summit.
After fighting off competition from other young personalities, the duo will be in charge of channeling global teenage superstars such as Guiness World Record Holder and youngest DJ in the world Dj Arch Jnr from South Africa, as well as international motivational speaker and author King Nahh from the USA, among others. This was revealed Tuesday at a press briefing by sponsor MTC in the capital Windhoek.
Smith, currently enrolled at Chairman Mao Zedong High School in Namibia, saw his star unfold when he featured in Namibian film Katutura, which played at the Pan African Film Festival, Helsinki Film Festival (Finland), Ecrans Noirs Film Festival (Cameroon) and African Film Festival Trinidad and Tobago. That was before he became a regular fixture as on Namibian Broadcaster (NBCs) Sunshine Club, presenting for five years, switching to the Safety segment, as well as the fitness segment.
Kakelo is enrolled at Hochland high School and was also a presenter on NBCs Teen show, as well as Sunshine Club.
“This will be a fun summit not only for teens but also elders who didn’t find inspiration during their earlier years. It will be a memorable experience,” said Smith when asked about the upcoming summit.
For her part, Kakelo said it was amazing to be chosen.
“Not everyone gets such an opportunity and thus I will obviously take advantage of it. It is paving a way for my future. The teen summit is a great platform for people to express their talent; everything is possible,” she said.
The Summit is scheduled to take place at Safari Court in the capital on March 9 2019, themed “Connecting with tomorrow’s leaders.”
MTCs Tim Ekandjo urged the public to get their tickets early, adding that only 2 000 were available for sale on Webtickets at a cost of N$100 per person.