It took me over 10 years – Nakaambo on Basadi nomination

Robyn Nakaambo

Renowned television personality and brand ambassador Robyn Nakaambo says she had to wait close to a decade before she could be nominated for the South African Basadi Music Awards.

Nakambo was nominated in the entertainment TV presenter of the year category last week.

She says the nomination speaks volume because “it’s that beam of sunshine for me and the Namibian girl and boy child, that their dreams are valid.”

This year’s event will take place on 10 August at Jonathan Theatre in South Africa.

The awards recognise and celebrate women’s excellence within the entertainment industry as nominated and voted for by the public.

They extend beyond musicians, songwriters and producers to include entertainment journalists and broadcasters.

“A lot of times we tend to think that what we’re doing and our efforts are going unnoticed. I have been in the industry for eons and it took me over 10 years for this nomination to come through. And that speaks volumes about the person I am today,” she says.

Nakaambo says this is all through her hard work, perseverance and constant need to better herself.

“I always say that I am not in competition with my peers in the industry. We are all gifted by God. I’m very strong in faith. God has given us our different talents, our different uniqueness. So there’s always that different trait that somebody else has, that I don’t have, for example,” she says.

“I’ve been in the Namibian entertainment industry, but I grew up watching South African individuals, some of which are nominated or some of them of which will be in the same room which I was again last year. People like PJ powers and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, these are people that you would see on the big screen,” she says.

Nakaambo says she is opening doors for other Namibians.

“I know we’ve been celebrated in our industry for years through music on this platform and other international platforms, through music through acting, but not necessarily through television presenting. So I am glad to be a pioneer in this regard and I’m ecstatic about it,” she says.

The TV personality added that being faithful and continuously working on improving yourself is key.

“We also need to take note that what we do in our line of work when it comes to the entertainment industry, it’s all given to evolving. So once you can evolve and adapt to change, because our world is constantly doing that, but you can still stick to your moral compass,” she says.

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