The Basic Income Grant (BIG) Coalition of Namibia will be hosting a #NoOneLeftOut Concert in Windhoek on Saturday to celebrate the 16th anniversary of International Basic Income Grant week.
The aim of the event is to mobilise Namibian artists and the public to unite in observing the day.
BIG spokesperson Nafimane Hamukoshi said the hashtag is to remind president Hage Geingob of the promise he made to the Namibian people in 2015 to “eradicate poverty” and that “nobody in the Namibian house should be left out in the effort to eradicate poverty”.
The concert will feature well known artists like Ras Sheehama, Tapz, Don Kamati, ZYX, Ori, Longman Wally, Karishma, Sad Boyz International, Mareo, Dope Dance Boys, Maggy the Dancer, TF, Mr Poet, with DJs Youth Vibez and Nyanyulized, who will perform music and poetry throughout the night.
“The coalition urges the Namibian youth to rally behind the BIG Coalition in the fight against poverty and to demand unconditional BIG as an economic right.
With a 50% youth unemployment rate (the highest in the SADC region), it is mainly the youth who are affected by poverty and hence, should be the ones demanding humanitarian relief from the state,” she said.
Hamukoshi said poverty levels in Namibia have become a humanitarian crisis with a shocking 1,6 million of Namibians living in poverty.
The event starts at 18h00 at Muso’s Bar & Café in Windhoek and entrance is free.
Singer and composer Tapz said they are joining voices together to spread a call to action in the context of music to leave no one behind and to create a poverty free Namibia.
“When we work together, poverty and social exclusion can be overcome, which builds peace,” he said.
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