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Afterbreak Magazine empowering young Namibians

2021-10-22  Staff Reporter

Afterbreak Magazine empowering young Namibians
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  Terence Mukasa

 

Mehafo Amunyela loved reading magazines at a young age but at some point, could no longer relate to them because the content was not Namibian.

She then started Afterbreak Magazine, a Namibian digital youth magazine, with Rejoice Amutenya, and launched it in April 2018.

Afterbreak Magazine aims to educate, empower and entertain young Namibians, whilst striving to build a community of growth, a sense of responsibility and a shared identity. 

Amutenya (19) is a computer science student at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), freelance writer and editor-in-chief of Afterbreak Magazine. 

Amunyela, also 19, is an aspiring journalist and currently a media student at the University of Namibia. She is the magazine’s director of corporate and external affairs.

Since their launch in 2018, Afterbreak Magazine has grown from a team of just two people to a team of almost 20 people, including writers, hosts, a videographer, graphic designer, and an editor.

“We have gained an impressive following on our social media, especially Instagram, which is our primary social media platform. From 2018 to 2021, our website has grown from less than a 100 monthly views to over 1000 average monthly views,” said Amunyela.

“Our content creation has also greatly improved. With the constantly changing trends, we have become better, but are still learning to keep up. We will soon be getting into visual content creation, and we are excited to see what the future holds for us!”

Their Instagram account has approximately 5 300 followers, and aims to provides their audience with super fun and engaging content, such as takeovers by young people from across the globe, especially Namibia.

Amunyela explained that being an online magazine, and also existing during a pandemic can be tough at times, but they mainly exist online, and their team is also well-equipped to work remotely. 

Afterbreak Magazine does not often organise functions, but they are overly excited to change that in the near future. 

“It is important that our team gets to know each other better. We recently had a photoshoot for a feature with an amazing business platform, and had our team present as well,” said Amunyela.

Gina Uendjii Kandanga, who is the only editor at the moment, said she is learning about the different interests the youth particularly have, and to work with what will pull their interest. 

“We’re learning what areas we should spread more information on in order to educate, while entertaining our audience,” said Kandanga.

Afterbreak Magazine hopes to become Namibia’s biggest online youth magazine.

“We want to readily provide information that is relevant to Namibian youth and which they can relate to, apply and understand,” added Amunyela.

Find the magazine on: instagram.com/afterbreakmag?utm_medium=copy_link

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2021-10-22  Staff Reporter

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