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The authorities have appealed for calm after three days of anti-femicide protests, predominantly by young women, rocked the country resulting in some skirmishes with the police in Windhoek. Seething anger over a rise in sexual gender-based violence in the country spilled into the streets of Windhoek, while scores staged protest marches countrywide, demanding justice and asking government to do more to protect them. The scooping of Oc Bulan’s Best Oviritje award for her song /Gai goro !nans di a featuring producer P-Flat at the NAMAs 2020 sent shockwaves as many couldn’t believe a Damara Punch musician would scoop such an award and are still questioning whether it is an Oviritje song. Civil engineer and director of Mondjila Project Advisory and Management Panashe Daringo (32) said some potential pitfalls that hinder the progress of infrastructural development in Namibia is the exclusion of young people from the mainstream pillar or activities of the infrastructural nature. Johannes Pendapala Uusiku (27), a lawyer by profession and currently a full-time lecturer at the University of Namibia, has encouraged institutions of higher education to use local books or study materials, as they currently largely rely on foreign literature in research and teachings. Youth leader Bertha Tobias (BT) is one of the many young women who took part in the #ShutItAllDown protest to rally against sexual and gender-based violence in society. Musician Veekay, formally known as Vekaama Uzera (24), says music is one of the best stress relievers and keeps her calm at all times, healing both the mind and the soul. A Namibian-Swede, Landuleni Fäldt-Wahengo (14) has created a vegan and cruelty-free lip gloss that is for everyone who would like to use a product made from organic ingredients and fewer chemicals. Who would have thought that Namibia’s most celebrated ophthalmologist once had a dream of becoming a fashion designer? The top trending clip this week is of local musician and businessman, Martin Morocky, famously known as King Tee Dee, formerly The Dogg, who was told to return to his house at a sexual gender-based violence protest held at the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court this week. Young activists leading the #ShutItAllDown movement say their demands remain unchanged and that they still want President Hage Geingob to declare a state of emergency over sexual and gender-based violence, which is rife in the country. Many locals have come out guns blazing, refusing to accept that South African songsters Lerato Molapo, known as Lira, has been identified as the first Namibian Tourism Ambassador, part of Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations (FENATA)’s Travel Ambassador initiative. Agriculturalist Venaani Kahuure (28), who has set up a poultry farm at Ovinjuru village in the Omaheke region’s Epukiro constituency, said there are many ways to survive, especially for those in the Agricultural sector, further imploring the youth to join hands and explore opportunities in the industry. Albertus Shalongo Jason (35) grabbed an opportunity by using a piece of land he attained from his parents in Omuulukila village in Outapi and decided to set up an horticulture establishment. Gender minister Doreen Sioka says multi-sectoral response was crucial in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence. International award-winning model Jessica Uiras told Entertainment Now! her manager has dropped her and no longer represents her because she took part in the #ShutItAllDown protest. With a career overlapping 25 years in the entertainment industry, Neville Basson (49), one of the most coveted comedians and corporate honcho Namibia has to offer, said the best advice he can give to anyone is for them to find their paths. Namibian international model Meriam Kaxuxwena, also known as MK, is not impressed with the news that South African singer Lira has been chosen as Namibia’s tourism ambassador for FENATA, further saying she needs her endorsement. Established in October 2018 by Namibia youth and piloted in the Tobias Hainyeko constituency, Do It For The Kids Namibia aims to amass community-based solutions to public challenges, specifically issues relating to underprivileged children’s academic development via volunteerism as a solution to the challenges. President Hage Geingob yesterday said government has declared war against gender-based violence, while further cautioning young people not to fight the authorities when they actually enjoy their full support.