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Celebrating ‘African Royalty’ at the SYMLAFAs

Celebrating 'African Royalty' at the SYMLAFAs

LOOKING GOOD … Sharon Tjimbundu receiving the favourite TV presenter award. The third edition of the Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards (SYMLAFA) took place on Saturday night at the NamPower Convention centre in Windhoek, under the theme ‘African Royalty: A night with Emperors and Empresses’. The annual event is aimed at celebrating talent in the country, as well as promoting and appreciating the versatility of Namibian arts in a variety of categories. Hosted by Mavis Elias and David Mbeha, South African TV and social media personality, radio host, comedian, actor and YouTuber, Thulasizwe Siphiwe Dambuza – known professionally as Lasizwe, was the special guest while artists such as Maranatha and Y’Cliff entertained the audience. Lasizwe expressed excitement at being in Namibia and said he was particularly impressed by the local culture. “To be in Namibia is a dream for me. In South Africa we have about 11 languages, but I am happy to see true culture here,” he said. Lasizwe further encouraged people to stop discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) people. “Lets fight for our rights. It is important to love one another.” The categories this year included favourite actor and actress, favourite radio personality for both male and female, as well as favourite sports personality and favourite photographer, amoungst others. The winner of the favourite fitness personality award, Lee-Andro Neshila said he believes in hard work. “I wake up at 04h00 every morning to achieve my goals. So, I would like to urge everyone to get out there and work extremely hard.” Sharon Tjimbundu, who won the favourite TV presenter award is pleased about her growth in the industry this far. “I won so you guys really like me. I am a fan of each of the nominees in this category. I would like to thank the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (nbc) for kickstarting my career. I would also not have been where I am today if it was not for my family and friends, especially my mother. She has always been there for me,” she said. During his award acceptance speech for winning in the best DJ category, DJ Castro revealed that he will release his new album in September. “It will be exciting, so be on the look out.” Annually, SYMLAFA honours individuals for their hard work in the diamond award category. On Saturday, the award went to Namibian physician and politician, Libertina Amathila. “It did not take us too long to find the winner. Amathila is special. She is an icon. She is a true Namibian mother,” the editor of Simply You Magazine, Ndapewoshali Shapwanale, said. Find Simply You Magazine on Facebook for the full list of winners.

Celebrating ‘African Royalty’ at the SYMLAFAs

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