‘A PICASSIANA DANCE’ – AN OYO DANCE TRIBUTE TO ICONIC ARTIST PABLO PICASSO

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (born October 25, 1881, in Spain – died April 8, 1973, in France) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer, one of the greatest and...

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REMEMBERING JOHNNY – AN OYO DANCE TRIBUTE TO FRENCH SINGER JOHNNY HALLYDAY

Jean-Philippe Leo Smet, better known by his stage name Johnny Hallyday, was a French rock’n’roll and pop singer and actor, credited for having brought rock’n’roll to France. During a career spanning...

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HEAR ME – MAKING ARTS ACCESSIBLE TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) is a Namibian NGO aiming at creating social awareness using the Arts.  ‘We use the Arts because the Arts appeal to your emotions rather than to...

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ADDRESSING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

Since the beginning of the year, The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) has focused its efforts on Gender-Based Violence, building on the work done in 2022. It has developed a program where...

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OYO ANNOUNCES ITS 2023 PATRON DURING ITS FIRST PUBLIC DANCE PERFORMANCE

The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) dance troupe performed its repertoire pieces ‘Another party with Helen’ and ‘Value thy Earth’ and held the public premiere of ‘Finlandia’ on Wednesday 22 February at...

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U=U CAMPAIGN

The Ministry of Health and Social Services decided around World AIDS Day to launch the U=U campaign (Undetectable = Untransmittable). This is an important milestone in the fight against HIV/AIDS. People...

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WHEN NIGERIA MEETS NAMIBIA – A DANCE EXPERIENCE

The Ombetja Yehinga Organization Trust invited the public to the premiere of a new dance performance by the OYO dance troupe on 24 August 2022, 19:00 at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre....

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THE CARING NAMIBIAN MAN’ PHOTO EXHIBITION

The Ombetja Yehinga Organization Trust is inviting the public to the opening of an audio and photographic exhibition on 13 August 2022, 18:00 at the Goethe-Institut Namibia Auditorium. Entry is free....

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‘BE A LADY’ AND ‘BE A MAN’

‘BE A LADY’ AND ‘BE A MAN’ – OYO’S LATEST PRODUCTIONS – WILL HAVE THEIR WORLD PREMIERE AT THE GARDEN ROUTE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN SOUTH AFRICA IN JULY 2022 Gender-based...

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‘KAPANA’ RECIPIENT OF THREE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

‘Kapana’, one of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO)’s films won three international awards in March 2022. ‘Kapana’ is the recipient of the prestigious 2022 Free to be me HIVOS Award at...

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OYO dance troupe resumes its tours

After two years with barely any performances, the OYO dance troupe could resume touring schools. It had a tour in the ||Kharas region where it presented its repertoire on alcohol and...

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‘KAPANA’ WINS

‘KAPANA’ WON BEST FEATURE FILM AT THE AFRICAN DIASPORA CINEMA FESTIVAL IN ITALY AND BEST DIRECTOR AT THE NORTH EAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN THE UK ‘Kapana’, one of the Ombetja...

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‘VOYAGE VOYAGE – An exploration of our relation to movement with French Dancer Krees’

The OYO dance troupe's last public performance was in March 2020, just before the COVID19 pandemic outbreak. For the OYO dancers, like for many other people, the COVID19 has meant a...

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||Kharas Youth Arts Performing Festival

After two years and four postponed dates, the first-ever ||Kharas Youth Arts Performing Festival could take place in Keetmanshoop. Over the years, with support from Stichting Horizon, OYO has worked with...

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‘Ania’ – a tale about teenage pregnancy and illegal abortion

In Namibia, abortion is illegal except under very specific circumstances such as rape. When a girl falls pregnant, it is all too common for men to run away and deny the...

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Training Noordoewer Youth Group

OYO has resumed its training of youth groups and started with the Noordoewer Youth group in the south of Namibia (||Karas region). The youth group received a three weeks training from...

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‘KAPANA’ IS HEADING TO LOS ANGELES – OFFICIAL SELECTION PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2021

‘Kapana’, one of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO)’s films, has just been selected to be part of the prestigious Pan African Film Festival 2021 in Los Angeles. From 100 million dollar...

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‘KAPANA’ MOVIE HITS THE LOCAL CINEMAS WILL GETTING INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) is a Namibian Trust aiming at creating social awareness using the Arts. OYO’S latest offering ‘Kapana’ successfully premiered at Ster Kinekor, Groove Mall, on Thursday 6...

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‘THE MOIRAI’ – NAMIBIAN DANCERS AND ACTORS STANDING AGAINST GBV

The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO), a Namibian Trust aiming at creating social awareness using the Arts. Gender-Based Violence has made the headlines lately, with the #shutitalldown movement. People from all walks...

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‘KUKURI SELECTED AT THE GARDEN ROUTE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

While preparing the premiere of its latest film, ‘Kapana’, the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) - a Namibian Trust aiming at creating social awareness using the Arts – just received the news...

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PREMIERE ‘KAPANA’ MOVIE – A RED CARPET EVENT

The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) is a Namibian Trust aiming at creating social awareness using the Arts. Over the years it has developed award-winning movies such as ‘Salute!’ (winner Sotigui Award...

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OYO has been selected as an essential service provider

OYO just received its certificate as an essential service provider. We will therefore resume work with half the team, producing easy to understand short clips on COVID19. However, as we are...

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LAUNCH ‘AN EVENING WITH YOU’ INITIATIVE

The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO), a Namibian Trust aiming at creating social awareness using the Arts, launched its new platform ‘An evening with YOU’ on Wednesday 11 March 2020 at the...

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MEDIA STATEMENT: KNOCKING OUT GBV WITH A PIROUETTE

The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO), a Namibian Trust aiming at creating social awareness using the Arts, is currently in Oranjemund, ||Kharas region. MTC knock-out project started with a boxing competition that...

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OYO’s DVD ‘Kukuri’ nominated as Best Film Southern Africa at the AMVCA awards 2020

The AMVCA – Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards – are spearheaded by MultiChoice to celebrate the best of films in Africa. There are different categories and ‘Kukuri’ is one of the...

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Child marriage in Kunene north

As part of our ‘New narrative/ new beginnings’ project the OYO dance troupe visited the Kunene north sub-region and performed its repertoire on child marriage. It took this chance to distribute...

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Creating demand for HIV related services in the Erongo Region at the beginning of the festive season

In December 2019 the OYO dance troupe had a chance to perform in the Erongo region. OYO has developed a unique approach to community mobilization. In this case, while OYO was...

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ADRIANO VISAGIE WINS THE SOTIGUI AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR SOUTHERN AFRICA IN BURKINA FASO FOR ‘SALUTE!’

Adriano Visagie stepped on the stage on Saturday 30 November 2019 at Canal Olympia Ouaga 2000, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to collect the Sotigui Award for Best Actor Southern Africa for...

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OTJITUUO PRIMARY SCHOOL WINS THE BEST SAN FRIENDLY-SCHOOL COMPETITION 2019

The San population is spread across many regions, including Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Ohangwena, Kavango East and Zambesi. According to the OSISA Group report “Rethinking Indigenous Education,”-        only 67 % of San children...

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OYO DANCE TROUPE PREMIERES ‘ILITHYIA GONE MAD’ WITH INTERNATIONAL GUEST EVELINE CASTELEIN

The 10-members dance troupe of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) on Thursday 22 August 2019 premiered ‘Ilithyia gone mad’ with international guests Eveline Castelein from the Netherlands. The premiere took place...

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MEDIA STATEMENT

WHEN INMATES LEAD THE PATH 20/07/2019  For several years now the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) has been working with offenders in various correctional facilities in the country. Dr Philippe Talavera, OYO’s...

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OYO becomes a Recognized Partner of GlobalGiving

Ombetja Yehinga Organisation announced today that they have graduated from the GlobalGiving Accelerator program, gaining entry into the GlobalGiving marketplace and becoming a recognized partner of GlobalGiving. As part of the...

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The OYO dance troupe tour Otjozondjupa region

As part of our ‘San Matter’ project, funded by the Embassy of Germany, the OYO dance troupe had the opportunity to visit 12 schools in the Otjozondjupa region, performing to 5,206...

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OYO is crowdfunding

We all know the situation in Namibia is getting harder. On the one hand Namibia has been classified as upper-middle income country, which means that much less donor funding if coming...

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Karasburg Youth Group goes on tour

The Karasburg Youth Group has been trained thanks to support from the Horizon Trust. Fifteen young people just toured the Karas region to give a strong message to learners in the...

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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,...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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’....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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'Salute' selected at the AIDS 2018 conference in Amsterdam

Exciting news: our DVD 'Salute' has been selected at the AIDS 2018 conference in Amsterdam in July. The conference is one of the largest gathering of professionals involved in issues around...

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"Kukuri" premier - An OYO DVD

Don't miss our premiere! Red carpet event with cast and crew. Warehouse Theatre - Thursday 14 June 2018 at 8pm. Tickets N$ 40 - contact Cecilia This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more...

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OYO Dance troupe to perform in Botswana

Maitisong festival is an annual event that started in 1987 and has become the biggest arts festival in Gaborone, Botswana with international and local artists bringing theatre, dance, poetry and comedy...

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San Matter Project - An interview with the Patriot newspaper

I, Tina a journalist from The Patriot newspaper would like to ask a few questions with regards to the San Matter Project (San Girls Camp). Tina: Since the establishment of the...

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OYO premieres long awaited DVD "Salute"

The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Trust is proud to premiere ‘Salute’ tonight at the Warehouse Theatre. The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Trust, OYO, for the past 18 months, did a lot of work...

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OYO Dance Troupe premieres Thiasus

The 10-member dance troupe of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) on Thursday 24 August 2017 premiered ‘Thiasus’ with international guests from the UK (Ellie Hick), USA (Alexa Moore), Netherlands (Eva Lobker),...

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