New Era (Windhoek)

25 January 2013

Namibia: Ongoro Nomundu Opens Year With Workshop

Windhoek — The workshop which the Ongoro Nomundu Concert Group held last weekend to herald the year 2013 and to better be prepared for it, has been described as a resounding success with the expected results.

The workshop was help was held at Penduka Lodge on the outskirts of Windhoek at the Goreangab Dam.

The main aims of the workshop included, the tabling of the band's preliminary financial report, presentation of its strategic plan for the year and it also discussed other issues of pertinence to it. As a group the band wants to move forward from being just an ordinary Oviritje band to being a professional band run on the basis that provides sustainable living conditions for its members, and offering maximum entertainment for its fans and supporters.

To achieve this they believe they need to align their work from just producing CDs and conducting shows, to being proactive and looking at other opportunities that are out there. Thus part of the workshop was to help us align the group's strategy in this regard.

The workshop focused on teamwork which was the theme of the workshop. Believing that teamwork always wins in the end of the day in this regard the workshop focused on topics that encourage teamwork among the band's members, with motivational presentations.

As a band it believe that Oviritje or rather music production is a secondary activity in everyone's life thus the focus on encouraging team members to focus on issues such as education, health and other personal developmental issues. In the same vein, they discussed topics that affect the society to which the band is not immune including relationships, friendships, alcohol and drug abuse.

The workshop also discussed issues affecting the Oviritje fraternity such as live shows; CDs productions and the quality thereof; uniformity and discipline among the team. The importance of the supporters also came under the spotlight with a brainstorm on ideas how and what the band can plough back into its supporters like organising functions were supporters can interact with the band at a social level.

It also looked at how to plough back to the community through the "Ongoronomundu Concert Group Essele Tjikurame Trust Fund (OCGETTF), the information thereof of which it would provide at a later stage. This Fund has been named after one of the band's leading member, a singer, Eselle Tjikurame, who passed away in January 2011.

Before he passed on the artist had been confined to w wheel chair following a car accident. "We would like to remember his good work and patronage through this fund. We have sponsors that are willing to come on board to assist us in this regard, and we are also calling on anybody who would like to come on board as well to do so."

The band says it has also been strengthened by the addition of people who will help advance its course, including their patron, Dr Hose Riruako, advisors and additional executive committee members.

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