Windhoek - Preparations for the anticipated Namibian Gospel Music Arts Awards (NGOMA), the country’s premier annual gospel music awards are in full swing.
Initiated in 2016, and hosted for the first time in Windhoek, the awards are a platform for saluting and appreciating excellence in gospel music in Namibia.
The Namibia Gospel Music Association (NGMA) plans the second edition to be held on the September 29, 2018, at the NamPower Convention Centre Windhoek.
NGOMA is also built on the philosophy of inclusivity that recognizes, celebrates and honours gospel music artists, writers and industry professional, says Silas Nghishihange, vice-chairperson of NGOMA awards.
Nghishihange said the awards were founded to foster interest in gospel music among the general public.
“It is further our desire and aspiration to cooperate with the gospel music industry and business leadership in order to make this dream a reality. NGMA is registered with the Ministry of Trade and Industry as a non-profit organisation and is recognized by various ministries and governmental and non-governmental institutions,” he said.
NGOMA’s first awards were held in 2016 with nine categories and 54 nominees.
This year, there are 11 categories with six nominees each, except for the Best Gospel Producer category, which only has three nominees. The names of the 63 nominees were released last month. The prizes are between R10,000 and R15,000.
“Seeing the demand and need for gospel awards and culture in Namibia, NGOMA Awards have decided to make these awards an annual event. To better celebrate gospel in Namibia, we have partnered with the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation to make this dream a reality,” says Nghishihange.
Nghishihange also revealed that the organisation is faced with financial challenges, which lowers the production of activities of the organisation that entirely depend upon the financial and product support of corporate, private sponsors, partners and churches.
“Although faced with the above-mentioned challenges, we are not weary and are pushing forward hoping and trusting God to come through even at the very last hour for nothing is impossible with God,” he said.
On the nights of the awards, guests will be graced by Namibia’s finest gospel artists and Botswana’s best performing gospel artists with an evening of worshiping and moves to the tunes.