Visible Talent Namibia Finale underway
By Rosalia David
THE finale of the Visible Talent Namibia project will take place at the TransNamib sportsground (Gammams) on Saturday, where 50 contestants will compete for a cash price of N$50,000.
Visible Talent Namibia is one of the first initiatives that targets the Namibian nation to raise its aptitude to the best of its abilities while giving a platform to creatives to showcase their talents. The team, which concluded the talent search in all 14 regions, is now moving into the last phase of the project for the top three talented Namibians.
Although 150 tickets have been given out from all the auditions held and called back for the Theatre Week last week, only 30 talents were selected for the grand finale on 7 December.
Operational manager of Visible Talent Namibia Rousa Shikoha said the team scouted for talent across all 14 regions and is now ready to see what the remaining constants have to offer. “It wasn’t easy to let go of a few talented people that made it to Windhoek, because they are all talented but unfortunately not everyone can win. We are now left with thirty people who are going to compete,” she said.
She added that the venue might still change as they were busy brainstorming about which one to use. “We will give an update once we get confirmation on the venue but what we can assure is a fun and exciting grand finale. The day we have all been waiting for is almost here,” she added.
A massive N$90,000 in total is up for grabs, of which N$50,000 will go to the winner, N$30,000 to the first runner-up and N$10,000 for the third placed artist. According to Shikoha, more than two 2,000 people auditioned for the event, which proves that Namibians are eager to pursue their dreams.
Participants were judged by musicians Monica Pinias, aka Top Cheri, PDK’s Dion Auala and Tate Buti, who all made up the judges’ panel. Although the team is currently preparing for the finale, Shikoha mentioned that it was no walk in the park as they have to cater for all the contestants’ expenses.
“It is not easy because we don’t have a lot of sponsors on board, we need to make sure that the thirty people that are here are accommodated, transported and they have to eat. It is quite a challenge,” Shikoha said.