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FC Barcelona and EBC Financial Group to Establish Official Foreign Exchange Partnership for the Next 3.5 Years

Originating from London, EBC Financial Group aims to build leadership in finance through becoming the Club’s official foreign exchange partner across Asia, Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Oceania.

EBC Financial Group: Proud Official Partner of FC Barcelona
EBC Financial Group - Proud Official Partner of FC Barcelona
EBC Financial Group officially partners with FC Barcelona for a 3.5-year foreign exchange alliance.

BARCELONA, April 11, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FC Barcelona and EBC Financial Group (EBC) are pleased to announce their partnership in the foreign exchange sector across multiple regions for 3.5 years, commencing today. This partnership designates EBC as FC Barcelona’s official Partner in Foreign Exchange, with coverage extending to regions including APAC, LATAM, the Middle East, and Africa.

This partnership marks a significant milestone for EBC, aligning the brand with the respected legacy and global reach of FC Barcelona. Under this exclusive agreement, EBC is granted the unique privilege to engage in specialized business activities within the foreign exchange domain. The partnership encompasses a range of services, including foreign exchange transactions, trading, brokering (including CFDs), and advisory services.

Through this alliance, EBC is set to innovate and inspire, drawing on the club’s rich cultural heritage and passionate fanbase to cultivate meaningful engagement and establish a lasting presence in key regions with a brand-new audience, fostering connections with a vibrant, global community that transcend traditional market boundaries. It is also an unparalleled opportunity to bring FC Barcelona closer to its partners, supporters, and Culers in these regions, alongside its global expansion strategy to grow and continue to lead the industry via exploring the right partners in different sectors.

EBC Financial Group, founded in the esteemed financial centre of London, is a comprehensive financial services group renowned for its expertise in online trading, asset management and investment consultation. With offices strategically located in prominent financial centres, such as London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, the Cayman Islands, Singapore, Bangkok, Limassol, and more, EBC caters to a diverse clientele of retail, professional and institutional investors worldwide. Known for its institutional-grade trading environment, the group provides tailor-made financial brokerage, trading services, and an extensive array of investment solutions.

A signing event to commemorate this significant milestone between the Club and EBC will be held at the revamped Spotify Camp Nou at a later date.

Strategic Alliance Sealed: EBC Financial Group Joins Forces with FC Barcelona

EBC Financial Group and FC Barcelona, alongside President Joan Laporta, celebrate the union of finance and football with a ceremonial jersey exchange.

EBC Financial Group and FC Barcelona, alongside President Joan Laporta, celebrate the union of finance and football with a ceremonial jersey exchange.

Statement by Samuel Hertz, APAC Director of Operations at EBC Financial Group and David Barrett, CEO of EBC Financial Group (UK) Ltd:

“Even though EBC is only four years old, we’ve only grown because we demand the best from ourselves and the industry. We’ve delved deep into FC Barcelona’s storied history, learning from their culture of mentorship where the experienced guide the new, and the new inspire the younger, creating a continuum of growth and excellence. This isn’t just a partnership; it’s a shared journey towards greatness, embodying a culture where success is not just about winning but about fostering values, nurturing talent, and contributing positively to society. We’re inspired by Barca’s way of doing things, their culture where veterans nurture newcomers, passing on wisdom and passion. Our choice of FC Barcelona as a partner is deliberate and profound; it’s about learning from the best and embedding their ethos of teamwork, respect, and ambition into our DNA,” stated Samuel Hertz, APAC Director of Operations at EBC Financial Group.

David Barrett, CEO of EBC Financial Group (UK) Limited, the UK subsidiary of EBC Financial Group added, “Being able to forge a partnership with such a strong and respected brand as FC Barcelona underlines the groups ambition to always push ourselves to the highest levels of achievement as possible. EBC Financial Group has firms regulated in the UK by the FCA, Australia by ASIC and the Caymans by CIMA – all highly respected global centres in financial markets – this partnership with FC Barcelona underlines our efforts to align and partner with the best in all aspects.”

Statement by Juli Guiu, Marketing Area Vice President at FC Barcelona:

“This partnership coincides with FC Barcelona’s global expansion plan in recent years, I’m sure that this will help the Club open up a wealth of opportunities in the financial sector through these 3.5 years of partnership with the well-renowned EBC Financial Group. With the untapped potentials we see in the Asia Pacific region, as well as the growing economies in South & Central America, Mexico, Africa, and Middle East, we’re excited to build more connections with brands, partners, supporters, and Culers in these regions.”

About EBC Financial Group
Founded in the esteemed financial district of London, EBC Financial Group (EBC) is renowned for its comprehensive suite of services that includes financial brokerage, asset management, and comprehensive investment solutions. With offices strategically located in prominent financial centres, such as London, Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, the Cayman Islands, Bangkok, Limassol, and more, EBC caters to a diverse clientele of retail, professional, and institutional investors worldwide.

Recognised by multiple awards, EBC prides itself on adhering to the highest levels of ethical standards and international regulation. EBC Financial Group (UK) Limited is regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), EBC Financial Group (Australia) Pty Ltd is regulated by Australia’s Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and EBC Financial Group (Cayman) Limited is regulated by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA).

At the core of EBC Group are seasoned professionals with over 30 years of profound experience in major financial institutions, having adeptly navigated through significant economic cycles from the Plaza Accord to the 2015 Swiss franc crisis. EBC champions a culture where integrity, respect, and client asset security are paramount, ensuring that every investor engagement is treated with the utmost seriousness it deserves.

About FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona was founded in 1899 and is currently owned by its more than 144,000 members. It is considered the finest multi-sports club in the world and has 125 years of history. Although rooted in its city and its country, Catalonia, its outlook is global. It has official offices in cities in three different continents: Barcelona, Hong Kong, and New York.

Barça seeks to change the world through sporting excellence. This also includes the world of knowledge and innovation through the Barça Innovation Hub (BIHUB). The club is also recognised for its commitment to social causes, which it channels through the FC Barcelona Foundation, and for its work to educate children in the positive values of sport. Barça’s growth in recent years has led it to have more than 486 million followers on social networks.

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EMGA obtient un financement par emprunt de 50 millions de dollars pour la société kazakhe MFO KMF

LONDRES, 10 avr. 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Emerging Markets Global Advisory LLP (EMGA) annonce qu’elle a obtenu de la JICA, l’Agence japonaise de coopération internationale, une facilité de créance prioritaire de 50 millions de dollars US.

Shalkar Zhussupov, président du conseil d’administration de KMF : « C’est la première fois que KMF s’engage dans un partenariat avec la JICA, dont les objectifs et la mission se rapprochent des nôtres. Nous souhaitons exprimer toute notre reconnaissance à EMGA et à la JICA pour leur confiance et leur soutien. Les fonds de la JICA seront utilisés pour mettre en œuvre des projets visant à soutenir les micro et petites entreprises, y compris les entrepreneurs ruraux, ce qui permettra de créer de nouvelles opportunités et de contribuer à leur croissance économique. »

Sajeev Chakkalakal, responsable de la banque d’investissement et directeur général d’EMGA, a déclaré : « Nous sommes ravis d’avoir mis en place cette nouvelle facilité de crédit historique pour notre client de longue date, KMF. Ce fut un réel plaisir de collaborer à nouveau avec eux, tandis qu’ils poursuivent la consolidation de leur position en tant que plus grande IMF (institution de microfinance) du pays, et le renforcement de leur position financière en dépit de cette période de turbulence. »

Jeremy Dobson, directeur général d’EMGA, a ajouté : « Ce nouveau financement aidera KMF à remplir la mission qu’elle s’est fixée : continuer à aider les entrepreneurs dans tout le Kazakhstan et développer ses activités en mettant davantage l’accent sur les entreprises détenues par des femmes et dans les zones rurales. »

MFO KMF est l’un des leaders du secteur de la microfinance en Asie centrale. La société vise à établir des relations de partenariat à long terme avec ses clients, fondées sur la confiance, la compréhension et le respect mutuels. MFO « KMF » octroie à ses clients des prêts individuels et collectifs pour les types d’activités suivants : affaires, commerce, agriculture et élevage, production et services et prêts à la consommation.

JICA : l’Agence japonaise de coopération internationale est une agence gouvernementale qui fournit l’essentiel de l’aide publique au développement pour le compte du gouvernement japonais. Elle est chargée de soutenir la croissance économique et sociale dans les pays en développement et de promouvoir la coopération internationale.

Emerging Markets Global Advisory Limited (EMGA), avec des bureaux à Londres et à New York, vient en aide aux établissements financiers et aux entreprises à la recherche de nouveaux capitaux d’emprunt ou de capitaux propres. L’équipe multinationale d’EMGA associe des décennies d’expérience nécessaires pour mener à bien des transactions au nom de ses clients sur les marchés émergents et les économies frontières de tous les pays du monde, y compris le Kazakhstan qui reste un marché clé. Grâce à son expérience reconnue dans la formation de capital et le conseil stratégique à travers divers cycles économiques, EMGA continue d’étendre son rayonnement géographique et son offre de services, consolidant ainsi sa place sur le marché comme l’une des principales banques d’investissement de niche axées sur les marchés émergents.


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A EMGA garante financiamento de dívida de US$ 50 milhões para a MFO KMF do Cazaquistão

LONDRES, April 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Emerging Markets Global Advisory LLP (EMGA) anuncia que obteve uma linha de crédito de US$ 50 milhões da JICA, a Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Presidente do Conselho de Administração da KMF, Shalkar Zhussupov: “Esta é a primeira vez que a KMF faz uma parceria com a JICA, cujos objetivos e missão se assemelham muito aos nossos. Somos gratos à EMGA e à JICA por sua confiança e apoio. Os recursos financeiros da JICA serão usados para implementar projetos de apoio a micro e pequenas empresas, incluindo empreendedores rurais, que criarão novas oportunidades e contribuirão para o crescimento econômico”.

Sajeev Chakkalakal, líder do setor de bancos de investimento e diretor administrativo da EMGA, disse: “Estamos muito satisfeitos por termos conseguido essa nova e histórica linha de crédito para nosso cliente de longa data, a KMF. Foi uma grande satisfação trabalhar com eles novamente, pois continuam a solidificar sua posição como a maior IMF do país e a fortalecer ainda mais sua posição financeira, apesar da época turbulenta”.

O diretor administrativo da EMGA, Jeremy Dobson, acrescentou: “Esse novo financiamento ajudará a KMF a cumprir sua declaração de missão: continuar a ajudar empreendedores em todo o Cazaquistão e desenvolver seus negócios com um foco maior em empresas controladas por mulheres e em áreas rurais”.

MFO KMF é um dos líderes no setor de microfinanças da Ásia Central. O objetivo da empresa é estabelecer relações de parceria de longo prazo com os clientes, com base na confiança, compreensão e respeito mútuos. A MFO “KMF” concede aos clientes empréstimos individuais e coletivos para os seguintes tipos de atividade: negócios, comércio, agricultura e pecuária, produção e serviços e empréstimos ao consumidor.

JICA: a Japan International Cooperation Agency é uma agência governamental que fornece a maior parte da Assistência Oficial ao Desenvolvimento para o governo do Japão. Ela foi criada para ajudar no crescimento econômico e social dos países em desenvolvimento e na promoção da cooperação internacional.

Emerging Markets Global Advisory Limited (EMGA), com filiais em Londres e Nova York, auxilia instituições financeiras e empresas que buscam capital de novas dívidas ou acionário. A equipe multinacional da EMGA combina décadas da experiência necessária para concluir transações em nome de seus clientes nos mercados emergentes e economias de fronteira do mundo, incluindo o Cazaquistão, que continua sendo um mercado importante. Com um histórico comprovado em formação de capital e consultoria estratégica ao longo de diversos ciclos econômicos, a EMGA continua expandindo seu alcance geográfico e sua oferta de serviços, solidificando sua posição no mercado como um dos bancos de investimento de nicho mais proeminentes do setor voltado para mercados emergentes.

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NAF bombs 3 terrorists camps in Zamfara

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has bombed three terrorists camps in Zamfara on Wednesday, eliminating several of them and their structures.

The operation was conducted by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji, NAF Spokesman, AVM Edward Gabkwet, said in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Gabkwet said the camps destroyed belong to terrorist kingpins, Abdullahi Nasanda in Zurmi, Malam Tukur in Gusau, and another in MaradunLocal Government Areas of Zamfara.

He said that Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions were conducted on Nasanda’s Camp where terrorists’ activities were sighted and their hidden motorcycles.

‘Having established that their activities were consistent with terrorists’ modes of operation, the location was struck by multiple aircraft passes, thereby neutralizing several terrorists.

‘Similar ISR missions were conducted at Malam Tukur camp, where terrorists’ activities were also observed.

‘Air strikes conducted on the camp neutralised several terrorists and showed seve
ral structures set ablaze and destroyed.

‘Air strikes were also extended to Kanikawa in Maradun town, under Maradun LGA of Zamfara, where terrorists, their enclaves and equipment were attacked and destroyed,’ he added. (NAN) (

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


NOUN VC lauds ACETEL’s trailblazing journey

Prof. Olufemi Peters, Vice-Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has urged graduands of African Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) to utilise their digital expertise to drive development in their respective countries.

Peters gave the commendation on Thursday while speaking ahead of the institution’s 13th convocation ceremony slated for April 13, at the University’s premises in Abuja.

He lauded the graduands for the feat.

‘I expect these graduates from Nigeria and other African nations, now equipped with digital expertise, to spearhead developmental initiatives, especially in the realm of technology for education.’

Peters announced that the institution was set to graduate six PhD students, with ACETEL making a significant contribution of four to the cohort.

He commended the centre’s remarkable growth within its five-year existence, citing it as a testament to its resilience and unwavering dedication.

‘I commend the centre for producing such a notable number of
PhD scholars within a short span of five years; additionally, we have eleven MSc students graduating.

‘These scholars are specialising in high-demand courses such as Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, and Management Information Systems.’

He added that the programmes were on the rise; thereby attracting a considerable number of students.

‘We anticipate further growth as we demonstrate our commitment to providing quality education remotely.’

Peters underscored the pivotal role of ACETEL’s digital infrastructure in supporting the university’s Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system.

‘The digital infrastructure facilitated by the Centre is integral to our ODL delivery.

‘It plays a crucial role in providing accessible and high quality education to our diverse student body,’ he added.

The vice-chancellor, who assured continued support beyond World Bank funding, acknowledged ACETEL’s role in garnering international recognition for the university.

He expressed pride in the partnerships and collaborations
established with national and international institutions, emphasising their significance for future endeavours.

Peters congratulated the graduating students on their achievements and urged them to remain good ambassadors of the university.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


10 countries to participate in maiden Africa Youth Tourism Festival

Mr Ayo Omotosho, organiser of the Africa Youth Tourism Festival, on Wednesday said that about 10 countries would be participating in the maiden edition of the festival.

Omotosho, in a statement said that the countries include Rwanda, Kenya, Botswana, Togo, Ghana, Benin Republic and Zambia.

He explained that the festival, which would hold from April 16 to April 20, was designed to harness the potential in African youths and engage them in tourism activities for self reliance and financial liberation.

According to him, the theme of the festival is ‘Uniting African Youth for Sustainable Tourism Agenda’.

‘We have delegates from over 10 countries who have indicated interest in participating in the Africa Youth Tourism Festival that will hold at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

‘The five-day event will feature conference, exhibitions, musicals and cultural display.

‘Others are? 100 talking drummers, African food carnival, hospitality fiesta, city tour of Lagos, beach tourism party, talent discovery, fashion s
how and more,’ he said.

Omotosho said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos would be honoured alongside the Minister of Tourism, Lola Ade-John, for their laudable contributions towards the growth of tourism in the region.

He said that Sanwo-Olu’s remarkable tourism sustainability efforts had spurred the management of the festival to choose him as a beacon of excellence in advancing sustainable initiatives in the sector.

‘Gov. Sanwo-Olu would be receiving a prestigious award for his significant contributions to tourism sustainability in the region.

‘Lagos State, known as the economic heartbeat of Nigeria, is also a cultural and tourism hub that attracts millions of visitors annually.

‘Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration has placed a strong emphasis on leveraging the state’s rich cultural heritage and natural resources to drive sustainable tourism development.

‘Under his leadership, Lagos has witnessed significant improvements in infrastructure, security, and promotion of cultural events and festivals, al
l aimed at enhancing tourism experience, while preserving the environment and local communities,’ he said.

Omotosho noted that one of the key initiatives spearheaded by Sanwo-Olu is the revitalisation of historical sites and monuments across the state.

‘By preserving and showcasing these cultural assets, the administration aims to not only attract tourists but also instill a sense of pride and identity among the local population,’ he said.

According to him, the tourism minister’s contributions to the sector stands as a beacon of inspiration and progress.

He said the minister had also championed initiatives aimed at empowering African youths to actively participate in and shape the future of the tourism sector.

‘Recognising the demographic dividend that Africa’s youthful population presents, the minister has worked tirelessly to create opportunities for young people to engage in tourism entrepreneurship, skill development, and leadership roles.

‘The Lagos state Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture,
Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka and a host of others will also be honoured,’ he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Foundation partners bank to promote financial inclusion for IDPs

Civitas Auxillium Foundation (CAF), a non-governmental organisation has partnered with First Bank of Nigeria Plc to promote financial inclusion initiatives for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Mrs Elizabeth Duile, Chief Operations Officer and Founder of CAF, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.

Duile said through the partnership, the foundation successfully established savings accounts for 80 women residing in the IDP camp located in Wassa District of the FCT.

She highlighted the challenges faced by these women, many of whom had lost crucial documents such as identity cards and National Identification Numbers (NIN).

This she said, hindered their ability to access banking services, obtain loans, and achieve financial inclusion.

According to her, the initiative, known as the CAF-Women Empowerment Programme (CAF-WEP), seeks to combat poverty and empower displaced women through skill-building, financial access, and interest-free loans.

‘These effort
s are geared towards ensuring that they are economically empowered and can grow their small businesses to skills under our CAF-WEP programme.

‘CAF has made strides in empowering women through the CAFWEP interest-free loan program.

‘The loans have helped them to start or expand small businesses such as buying and selling of foodstuff, catering, mini marts and farming,’ she said.

She said that the challenge of having to pay the women in cash or third party bank accounts necessitated the initiative.

‘This affects accountability and tracking of disbursed funds.

‘It also excluded some women who could not present bank accounts to their customers when asked, especially on their weekly market days.

‘So we took a genuine step towards financial inclusion.

‘By forging a partnership with FBN, over 80 women were empowered; these are women that never had the experience and security of a bank account or bank verification numbers (BVN),’ she said.

She reiterated the commitment of the foundation to tackling poverty, g
ender inequality affecting women, especially those who are victims of violent conflicts and acts of terrorism.

‘One can only imagine the reality of owning a business in modern times without certain financial tools such as bank accounts.

‘This has deprived some customers from making purchases from these women.

‘A good number of persons go to the market to make purchases and the only tool they go with is an ATM card, this automatically excludes a category of traders.

‘Through these businesses, they make a living and support their families, ensure their children receive education, and contribute to the economy, ‘she said.

Duile said that the foundation was also involved in providing support for less privileged children, especially those in the IDPs camps to access quality education.

According to her, this will enable them to explore their potentials and achieve their dreams for the benefit of the nation.

‘We need to support these vulnerable children who have been victims of violent conflicts across Nigeri
a, and most of them reside in the IDP camps.

The ‘CAF-Kit a child School Outreach Programme” provided desk-chairs, books and writing materials to some schools around IDP camps, ‘ she said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Mbumba calls for unity while extending Eid greetings to Muslim community

President Nangolo Mbumba on Thursday extended greetings to the Muslim community in Namibia on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr is also known as the ‘breaking the fast’ and celebrates the culmination of the holy month of Ramadan, a period dedicated to fasting, prayer, and reflection. It signifies a time for spiritual renewal, self-discipline and compassion.

‘I extend heartfelt greetings and warm wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters across the nation. As our Muslim brothers and sisters gather to share meals and exchange gifts, let us extend a hand of support to those in need, embodying the true spirit of Eid al-Fitr,’ Mbumba said.

The president concluded by saying he hopes the spirit of Eid inspires Namibians to strive for better communities where everyone can live in dignity.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Minor girl allegedly raped at Olupumbu village

A nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped at Olupumbu village in the Omusati Region’s Elim Constituency on Sunday.

The Namibian Police Force’s Regional Commander for Omusati, Commissioner Ismael Basson, confirmed the incident, saying it was only reported to the police by the girl’s father on Thursday.

‘It is alleged that the suspect pulled the victim into the bush, undressed her and had sexual intercourse with her under coercive circumstances,’ he said.

Basson indicated that the suspect is known and an order to arrest him has already been issued.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Mbumba extends condolences to Mozambique after fatal ferry accident

WINDHOEK: President Nangolo Mbumba has extended his condolences to President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique following reports of a ferry accident that claimed the lives of 90 Mozambican nationals on 07 April 2024.

Mbumba in his statement issued on Thursday, said: ‘I am deeply distressed at the news of the fatal incident involving a ferry off the north coast of Mozambique that has claimed over 90 lives. The gravity of such a loss tends to leave an indelible mark not only on the affected communities but equally, on the nation. I extend my heartfelt condolences to my brother, His Excellency Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, and the fraternal people of Mozambique.’

The vessel reportedly sank in the Nampula Province on the northern coast of Mozambique with 130 passengers on board.

‘During this trying time, the people and the Government of the Republic of Namibia stand with you and share in your pain. May the bereaved families find comfort and consolation during this difficult time,’ Mbumba said.

Source: The Namibia P
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Kawana inaugurates Onhuno Road Traffic Checkpoint

The upgraded Onhuno Road Traffic Checkpoint in the Ohangwena Region signifies the government’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all road users.

This was according to Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security, Albert Kawana, during the inauguration of the upgraded Onhuno Road Traffic Checkpoint on Thursday.

Kawana indicated that the Onhuno Road Traffic Checkpoint holds immense importance because it serves as a critical point for monitoring and regulating traffic flow, ensuring compliance with road safety regulations, and deterring criminal activities on national roads.

‘With the upgrading of this facility, we are not only modernising our infrastructure, but also strengthening our capacity to effectively address the challenges posed by road traffic management and security,’ he said.

He added that the upgraded checkpoint is equipped with road traffic checkpoint shelter and an office block with ablution facilities for officers and members of the public.

Kawana st
ated that the construction of facility costed the government an amount of about N.dollars 8.4 million.

He stressed that these enhancements will enable law enforcement agencies to better identify and address potential risks, thereby ensuring safer roads for all.

Speaking at the same occasion, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector General, Joseph Shikongo, said the upgraded checkpoint not only makes their work as police officers easier, but it creates a special bond between law enforcement and the community at large.

‘Beyond the physical infrastructure, this checkpoint stands as a testament to our collective resolve to combat crime and ensure the rule of law,’ he said.

He added that it serves as a frontline defence against illegal activities such as smuggling, human trafficking and drug trade, which threaten the fabric of the society.

He further urged members of the public to assist NamPol in the fight against crime, and in the same vein caution them to refrain from aiding criminals and their proceeds o
f crime.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Legend Ras Sheehama’s music celebrated

WINDHOEK: Ras Sheehama’s three decades of music tribute show was brought to life last weekend under the creative direction of Othilia Mungoba.

The concert featured a stunning lineup filled with electrifying performances from multiple celebrated art forms integrating all forms of the creative industry into one setting, a first of its kind show.

The depiction paid homage to the life and contribution of Namibian musician and performer Ras Sheehama. The project involved close to 30 Namibian creatives from multi-disciplines such as visual and performing artists.

In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Mungoba reflected: ‘We really took Ras Sheehama’s songs and did renditions of those songs, a show like this has never been done. We took all the different aspects of performing and creative arts and placed them all on one stage.’

The show featured a visual integration aspect where those who were unable to physically attend could tap in virtually. The virtual integration allowed people to buy online tickets that al
lowed them to experience the show via livestream.

‘We made history but we did not make a profit, which is quite disheartening. We knew that on the first night, we had two to three other events happening on the same night with a similar fan base, but we were not swayed and we pulled through for the next day,’ said Mungoba.

She further shared that they pulled out all the stops when it came to promoting the concert, a sentiment that was shared by one fan who was in attendance at the show. Mind Ngombe popularly known as ‘Mr Mind’, a gospel artist, told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday that for the celebrated icon that is Ras Sheehama, he expected a bigger turnout at the concert.

Ngombe said he believes the concert had such a low turnout because uniquely Namibian music genre’s barely have a market in the country, with many people choosing to rather popularise music genres from other countries.

‘Namibia needs to have an identity, it needs space in the international arena, people should be able to pinpoint Nam
ibian music when it is played anywhere.’

Source: The Namibia Press Agency