Youth in Onayena will meet this weekend to discuss ideas to develop their constituency.
However, they are adamant that their forum would not be limited to youth from Onayena, as they would welcome young people from other constituencies in the country “who can come to show their talent, uplift the development of our constituency and have fun,” says the chairperson of Onayena Constituency Youth Forum, Martin Antindi.
The event will take place at Nehale Senior Secondary School from 18 to 20 December.
It will not only involve serious discussions, but will also include product exhibitions by entrepreneurs and businesses, a music show, football tournament and a beauty pageant.
Onayena Constituency has about 3 000 youth, but the forum is expecting more young people from other constituencies and regions to attend the maiden event.
Antindi says youth in Onayena have for some time been dissatisfied with the organisation of the youth forum by the Oshikoto regional youth executive, hence the decision to organise a youth forum event at constituency level.
The regional youth forum executive nevertheless donated N$2 000 towards the event, for which Antindi says they are very thankful. “The idea came about as a soltion to the silence and quietness that youth from Onayena have so far suffered, when there had been no innovative activities prepared by youth for youth with a purpose to keep the youth from drinking and indulging in unwanted behaviour.
“Usually we relied more on the exhibitions organised at regional level, but we feel that sometimes our interests are not attended to. Hence we decided to organise our own event,” said Antindi.
Whoever wins the Miss Onayena beauty pageant would be expected to become the ambassador for Onayena youth, visiting schools in the constituency to deliver motivational speeches and assisting with efforts to help marginalised groups in the country.
“My message to the youth in Namibia is that they should not only be vigilant or critical with the country’s issues, but they must also try to create opportunities themselves to help government in the fight against poverty and unemployment, because this should be a collective course of action,” says Antindi.
Antindi says the football tournament would be one of the main attractions to the three-day event. The registration of local village football teams is already underway.
The winning team will receive N$1 500 and the runner-up would receive N$1,000 while the third-placed team will receive N$700. The registration fee for teams is N$200.