Namibian creatives mourn Geingob

President Hage Geingob has left behind a legacy which profoundly resonated within Namibia’s arts and culture community.

The Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) paid tribute to Geingob yesterday, recognising him as “a distinguished servant of the people, a liberation struggle icon, the chief architect of our Constitution, and a pillar of the Namibian House”.

The creative community has come forward with personal anecdotes and tributes, highlighting the president’s unwavering support and impact on artists’ lives and work.

Gospel musician DNaff yesterday praised Geingob for his presence at music events and his approachable personality, saying: “He was also very funny and full of jokes. That is why many people never felt threatened or intimidated by him.”

DNaff said he admired the president’s commitment to maintaining peace and his evident love for God and the church.

Former Miss Supranational Chanique Rabe expressed her gratitude for the president’s support.

“His excellency Dr Hage Geingob gave himself to this country for most of his life. Many years of hope, prosperity and enlightenment,” she said.

Saxophonist Suzy Eises shared her appreciation of the president’s support, emphasising how it has inspired her and many others in the music industry.

“His legacy will forever be remembered with gratitude and respect,” she said, highlighing the lasting influence of the late president’s advocacy of the arts.

Radio personality NSK highlighted Geingob’s unique connection to the arts and sport, contrasting him with predecessors and noting his direct involvement in cultural events.

“He was an artist at heart,” he said.

The president had a love for music, dancing, and resonated across generations, he said.

Fashion designer Luis Munana recounted a significant moment when Geingob acknowledged his work with Waka Waka Moo, showcasing Namibian talent internationally.

Many other creatives have also shared their condolence messages and memories on social media. –

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