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‘Well Wish Ya’ Trailer

On 27 March 2019, the OYO Dance Troupe premiered ‘Well Wish Ya’ at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN), featuring the work of Internationally Acclaimed visual artist Kevork Mourad. Elliott Augustine, UK-based dancer, together with Nikhita Winkler, West Uarije, Daniel Kuhlmann and LeClue Job, joined the OYO Dance Troupe. Thirteen students of the Nikhita Winkler Dance Theatre project complete the cast.
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Learning from inmates

In April 2019 the OYO dance troupe had a chance to perform to inmates in six correctional facilities (Windhoek, Luderitz, Hardap, Walvis Bay, Oluno and E. Shikongo) as part of its ‘In and Out’ project, funded by OSISA. OYO took this chance to ask 122 male inmates for their opinion/ experience when it comes to HIV. A questionnaire was distributed after the performance of the dance troupe to inmates in the presence of and under the supervision of the various facilities’ officers. The survey shows that The Ministry of Safety and Security is clearly doing very well in areas such as testing and counselling as reported by inmates themselves. However more work still needs to be done to ensure inmates living with HIV can keep their status confidential and choose when and to whom to disclose their status. Finally more work can be done to ensure our correctional facilities are safe...
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Small successes that Matter

The ‘San Matter’ is a project of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO Trust). The objective of the project is to encourage San children who enroll in schools to remain in school. There’s little data to go by as baseline surveys. The OSISA Group report “Rethinking Indigenous Education,” may be a bit outdated, but stated that ‘only 67 percent of San children in the country enroll in school. And only 1 percent of those children complete secondary school.’ The ‘San Matter’ project ran in two regions (Ohangwena and Omaheke) from 2016 to 2018 thanks to support from the Embassy of Finland. Twelve schools per region were invited to take part in a series of comprehensive interventions. We found that 93,5% of the San girls part of the project in the Omaheke region and 88,1% in the Ohangwena region re-enrolled in school in 2019. Furthermore 86,2% of the San girls part of the...
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‘Well Wish Ya’ premieres at the National Theatre of Namibia

The 10-member dance troupe of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) premiered on 27 March 2019 ‘Well Wish Ya’ at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN). In 2008 OYO had its first dance project at the NTN, titled ‘the Namibia Odysseus’. Following the success of that production, OYO got an opportunity to establish the OYO dance troupe in 2009. For ten years now OYO has trained and nurtured young dancers. OYO is the first, and currently only, troupe in Namibia with dancers on its payroll. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, OYO decided to come back to the NTN, where everything had started. ‘Well Wish Ya’ features the work of Internationally Acclaimed visual artist Kevork Mourad. Kevork is a visual artist of Syrian/Armenian heritage currently living in the States. He has exhibited in the US, Canada, Syria, Japan, France, Qatar, Dubai and Germany. He is currently discussing opportunities to exhibit his work at...
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Young people and social media

OYO took the chance of its tour of the dance troupe to the Karas region, as part of its ‘growing strong in the Karas region’ program, to find out more about social media and young people. A one-pager was subsequently prepared, featuring some interesting data.
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OYO dance troupe presents its program at the Warehouse Theatre

The 12-member dance troupe of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) premiered on Wednesday 13 February 2019 ‘A different me’ at the warehouse theatre. It was a chance for the dance troupe to also present its 2019 program. Dr Philippe Talavera, OYO director and choreographer, explained ‘the dance troupe is turning 10 years old this year. For ten years, we have been able to sustain having dancers on our payroll. To celebrate, we will have an exciting international collaboration at the National Theatre of Namibia in March. We will work alongside renown Syrian visual artist Kevork Mourad and invite guest dancers such as Nikhita Winkler and West Uarije.’ The OYO dance troupe is well-known for the work it does in schools to create social awareness. This year, the troupe was asked to address the issue of social media dating ‘more and more young people have access to social media’, explains Talavera ‘but...
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Salute is touring the South

OYO’s DVD ’Salute’ will be touring the South of the country. Based on those testimonies from inmates, and written in collaboration with inmates at the Windhoek Correctional Facility, OYO produced ‘Salute’. The film was premiered last year in Windhoek and got many people talking. Carlito (Adriano Visagie, winner best male actor in a Theatre Play, NTFA[1] 2017) is a young Namibian man who is sentenced to five years imprisonment because of fraud. Nothing can prepare him for his new life in custody. Naïve, he gets lured in the group of the General (Monray Garoeb), a dangerous criminal who rules over his cell. The gang culture in jail was born in South Africa. It reached Namibia as far back as in the 1980s. While some elements are common between Namibia and South Africa, this film is a Namibian story, written with Namibians for Namibians. This year the DVD will be presented during...
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OYO celebrates UHC Day

Each year the Universal Health Coverage Day is celebrated on 12 December. This year, OYO celebrated in Windhoek Informal Settlement with a performance from the OYO dance troupe, a speech by the WHO acting representative and various activities. The Walvis Bay Corridor Group was present to offer free HIV testing. Interviews were conducted with audiences to understand what they think about our health services in Namibia.   Download PDF File Here
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OYO celebrates World AIDS Day

Thanks to support from UNAIDS, UNICEF and UNESCO, OYO could undertake various activities around the 2018 World AIDS Day. In the Khomas region, it had campaigns in Windhoek Informal Settlements. Both the OYO dance troupe and the Windhoek youth group performed, NAPPA clinic was present to offer free HIV testing, various activities were organised. In the Kunene region, a tour was organised and OYO celebrated the 01st of December in Opuwo, during a ceremony with Dr Thomas Shapumba, Chief Medical Officer, Ms Tapuwa Mutseyekwa, UNICEF and His Workship the Mayor of Opuwo, Mr Albert Tjiuma.   
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Child Marriage in Namibia: A case study of the Kavango East and Zambesi regions

How can we stop child marriage in Namibia? Get involved in the discussion with OYO. Let us know in particular what you think about the fact that 12% of the boys interviewed in the Kavango East and Zambesi regions believe it is right for parents to force their daughters (in other words their sisters) to marry? What can we do to change that? Thank you to CFLI for supporting this project.         Download PDF File Here
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OYO Dance Troupe community outreach

After successful performances in the Netherlands, the OYO dance troupe is now back to Namibia. It is time for the troupe to give back to the community. The troupe will therefore embark on a series of performances in November and December in both Windhoek and the Kunene Region.    ‘In Windhoek, we will bring performances to the informal settlements’, explains Dr Philippe Talavera, OYO’s director. ‘Not everybody can come to town to the national theatre for instance. Yet, performances should be for all. It is important for us to go to people. We will perform three of our repertoire pieces, ‘Thiasus’, ‘to take or not to take’ and ‘Betrayed’ in Havana, in front of U-Save, on 05 November, in Hakahana next to the open market on 06 November, in Havana at the soccer field on 07 November, at Otjomuise 8 de Laan (08 November) and Otjomuise 7 de Laan (09 November)...
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OYO in Nigeria - Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA)

  There was only 140 nominees in 27 categories out of over 3000 submissions at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2018 in Nigeria. ‘Salute’ was one of the nominees, as best movie Southern Africa. While it didn’t win (the prize went to Shemu Joyah from Malawi for his film ‘the road to sunshine’), it was an amazing opportunity as it was Namibian’s first and only nomination. Thanks to Multi-Choice for inviting OYO’s director Philippe Talavera to attend, thanks to Air Namibia for flying Philippe and actor Adriano Visagie in business class and thanks to the Namibia Film Commission for sponsoring the presence of actor Dawie Engelbrecht. The awards were an opportunity to share and network.
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'Oxósiss Betrayed' Premiere

On Thursday, 23 August the OYO Dance Troupe premiered their latest dance piece, 'Oxósiss Betrayed' to a highly appreciative and awe struck audience at the Goethe institute at the Goethe Institute in Windhoek. The issues concerning poaching, especially Rhino, have long been a contentious issue in namibia and the region. The dance piece fuses many issues in to a recital that evokes strong emotions about poverty, relationships and conservation.
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Intern Program Alive and Well

A huge thanks to our intern Louisa who raised Euro 1,000.00 for OYO! Louisa is currently in the north with our project 'in and out'. She will then spend three weeks in the South with our project 'growing strong in the Karas region' before to join the dance troupe internship summer program. Prior to her trip, Louisa organised a big party and online donations for OYO. We are most grateful for her hard work and wonderful contribution.
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Salute nominated for Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards

We are extremely proud to announce that ‘Salute received a nomination at the 6th annual Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA). The announcement for the 2018 edition was made on Saturday by Nigerian comedian, Bovi, and Ghanaian actor, Joselyn Dumas, on Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv respectively. ‘Salute’ has been selected under the category Best Movie Southern Africa alongside ‘Descent’ by Awal Abdulfatai, ‘The Road to Sunrise’ by Shemu Joyah, ‘Jomako Black Democracy’ by Abraham Kabwe and ‘Nyasaland’ by Joyce Mhango Chavula. This year’s nominees list is a very competitive one. The award has been scheduled for September 1, 2018
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OYO Dance Troupe at the Goethe Institute

Extracts from our new piece 'I am hungry' performed at the Goethe Institute on 19 June 2018 to an enthusiastic crowd and members of the media.  
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San Matter Project

OYO hosted an event at the Goethe Institute with the Embassy of Finland on 19, June 2018. We presented our San Matter program. In attendance was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Madam Sanet Steenkamp, who gave the keynote speech. The OYO dance troupe performed two pieces: 'Maria' and, for the first time to the public, 'I am hungry'. Special thanks to to the Embassy of Finland, in Windhoek and  H.E. Pirkko-Liisa Kyostila, Ambassador, Embassy of Finland for unwavering support.
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Kukuri premiere

We we're honored to have Namibian's from all walks of life at the Kukuri premeire. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at our next event.
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OYO Dance troupe at British High Commission

Great pics from Terrence taken during our performance at the Queen's Birthday party last week. With OYO dancers Kassi, Butterfly, Joe, Mary Jane and Osyrin and OYO trainees Jeffrey, Cyan and Pana. Thanks to all involved and thanks to the British High Commission for the invitation.
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Drimiopsis San youth group tour start

The Drimiopsis San youth group has started its tour! This is exciting! Great participation from audiences. The show has mainly songs and dancers, with two narrators ensuring the storyline is clear. Stay tuned for more information and, if you are in the Omaheke region, make sure not to miss the show! San Matter is a project funded by the Embassy of Finland.
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Ohangwena San youth group

The Ohangwena San youth group with their beloved trainer Nyandee. It is a fantastic group full of energy with a great performance. Well done to the group! San Matter is a project funded by the Embassy of Finland.
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