‘Conscious Citizens’ Explore Being ‘Proud, Positive and Patriotic’ Namibians

THE Hanns Seidel Foundation in collaboration with the Generation of African Intellectuals Trust (GAIT) and Free Your Mind Comedy (FYMC) – are looking to engage Namibians in a conversation on socio-economic and political issues.

What does it mean to be Namibian? Why do only a handful of Namibians care about what happens in the country? Does your opinion matter? These are a few of the questions that will be touched on during the ‘Conscious Citizens’ open discussion, to be held at The Warehouse Theatre tonight under the theme: ‘Proud, Positive and Patriotic’.

The discussion will include a panel consisting of entrepreneur Carl Pesat, author and International University of Management (IUM) lecturer Sylvia Schlettwein, political science student Simon Taapopi, public speaker Josy Nghipandua and NID (Namibia Institute for Democracy) programme coordinator Patrick Sam.

Rakkel Andreas, project assistant at the Hanns Seidel Foundation will be moderating the event, but it won’t be a case of all talk and no play. Musical and comedic performances by Big Ben and Iileka from FYMC will lighten up the discussion, which is based on the issues affecting everyone, including the youth.

“We wanted to create a platform and this was the perfect opportunity to do so for anyone who is interested in voicing their opinions,” said Seno Namwandi, chairperson of GAIT. The initiative wasn’t implemented as a retaliation to the recent constitutional amendments and the elections arriving soon but rather as a way of piecing together opinions to bridge the gap between the Namibian government and the people.

For those brave enough to stand up and speak out, the open discussion will take place from 18h00 to 20h00. Entrance is free.

Source : The Namibian