President Takes to Facebook to Blast Use of His Image to Promote Events

On Saturday morning President Hage Geingob took to Facebook to distance himself from the Kora Awards and also blasted what he termed the unwelcome trend of using his name, picture and signature to promote events.

“I would like to address the issue of several event organisers who have a tendency to use my name without permission in order to promote seminars and awards shows,” said the President.

“Two examples that come to mind are the Kora Awards and the seminars organised by the Women of Substance Association.

“With regards to the Kora Awards, it is true that while engaging in a game of tennis at my home several years ago, I discussed with Ernest Adjovi (founder of the Kora Awards), the idea of having a music awards show in Africa similar to the Grammy Awards in USA. It was during this discussion that the seeds for Kora were planted and later began germinating. However, although I have supported and attended the Kora Awards before, I want to make it clear that I have no partnership with the event or founder thereof.

“Another unwelcome trend has been the use of my name, picture and even signature by the Women of Substance Association (WOSA) in order to promote seminars and other events which usually feature renowned guest speakers. Let me make it clear that I have no partnership at all with WOSA.

I would like to see to it that the practice of using names of individuals without their consent in order to promote events should come to an end,” he said.

Approached for comment, WOSA organiser Isabella Huhire Hauses simply said the President is the patron of the association. “Yes, but I can’t reply to your last question that was his decision entirely. I got back from Harvard and walked straight into this one,” she said when asked if he is the patron of WOSA and if so, why he would distance himself from the organisation?

Source : The Namibian