The good, the bad and the awkward
Never a dull moment
07 January 2021 | Art and Entertainment
Emmanuel Adebayor; Former Arsenal striker; “A few months later, you are told that the man is actually not her uncle.”
The recently concluded year produced its fair share of highlights as well as embarrassing moments amongst local socialites.
Award-winning Walvis Bay afro pop artist Monica “Top Cheri” Pinias had a relatively mixed 2020. Still, the singer managed to reach a million views on YouTube for her hit “Calling Heaven”.
“Honestly, the feeling is out of this world!” she said.
After being postponed several times due to Covid-19, the 2020 MTC/MTC Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) took place online. Lazarus “Gazza” Shiimi won the title of Artist of the Decade, while Rosa “Rose Blvc” Majiedt scooped the Artist of the Year, bringing her tally to five awards and earning the jazz fusion artist N$350 000 in prize money.
Moreover, she caught the attention of African music company Rockstar Group, who signed her.
Sunny Boy, who had a topsy turvy year for different reasons, won his first ever NAMA.
The artist has been dropping hit after hit for more than 17 years. One in particular, “Bad Neighbors” (featuring Kotokeni), received recognition this year and earned him the Best Kwaito award.
Sunny Boy also managed to secure a deal with the Rockstar Group. The deal for both these artists will ensure that their music is distributed to the entire Africa.
The fifth edition of the Windhoek Fashion Week, sponsored by MTC this year, wowed! It was levels ahead of any fashion week organised in Namibia to date and stands out above the first four editions.
MTC’s sponsorship truly made a difference, with the runway being bigger and the models’ make-up to die for.
Both local and international designers brought their A-game with their trendy fashion.
Other entertainment highlights include that the short film Baxu and the Giants scooped several awards on the African continent and became the first Namibian film to be made available on Netflix.
Kristian “Kris with a K” Kafunda Kafunda Jr. scooped the title of Best Comedian from the Rest of Africa at the 2020 South African Comedy Awards.
Besides winning awards, Top Cheri and Sunny Boy together with Joseph “Jossy Joss” Ailonga, who had been booked to perform at Funky Lab in Windhoek, were arrested in May for not adhering to Covid-19 regulations.
The regulations at the time did not allow a gathering of more than 10 people, while 200 people attended the event.
The attendees and the performing artists were all given admission of guilt fines of N$2 000 each and spent a cold night in the police holding cells.
“One uncle in uniform, holding a cricket bat, walks straight to me and asked me, Top Cheri, were you drinking here? My dear, one aunty in uniform shouts “allest (arrest) them all of, allest them. They are think they are special. Allest them! Etse, so I got into the police van, those of you who don’t know, there is no place to hold onto. We were just falling on each other and in each other,” narrated Top Cheri on her Facebook account after her released.
Sunny Boy’s year took a further nose dive when it was rumoured that his life partner Nelaolange Iyambo called off their engagement and kicked him out of her home.
This came after much dirty laundry, including several screenshots of nudes and conversations of the “Young, Wild ’n Free” hitmaker surfaced on social media.
Iyambo took to Instagram and on 3 November posted a photo of her and Sunny Boy together with their two children happily laying in bed. This convinced many that they had rekindled their love.
Staying with matters of the heart, Emmanuel Adebayor is known for his prolific goal scorer exploits at English Premier League teams while his dribbling skills ensured that Togo reached its first FIFA World Cup participation in 2010.
However, Adebayor found out that his then Namibian girlfriend and 2013 Big Brother Africa: The Chase winner, Dillish Mathews, had been “dribbling” him all along. Ouch! This led to him breaking up with her for allegedly cheating and lying.
“Imagine you go to Swakopmund with your partner to stay for the weekend. Your partner then introduces you to a man and says this is my rich uncle. A few months later, you are told that the man is actually not her uncle,” he posted on Instagram.
Since then, a war of words between the two on Instagram has amused and entertained many.
David “Exit” Shikalepo learned the hard way to respect intellectual property.
The kwaito artist’s cover for his latest album Forever, was seemingly copied from a photo taken from the internet.
After being exposed, Exit took to social media to apologise for the incident and the cover was re-designed. Whether he will be sued or not, remains to be seen.