6 February 2013

Namibia: Popya With Denzel Leroy Naobeb Aka NSK

Popya met an interesting individual who is a distance student at the Polytechnic of Namibia, dance instructor, Radio DJ at Energy, part time Master of Ceremonies and still finds time to pursue his theater aspirations.

He goes by the name of NSK (Naobeb se kind).On May 11, 1991, Denzel Leroy Noabeb was born in Walvis Bay to a family of six. NSK was the last born of four children from his parents, and soon the only child alive to date. His elder siblings gradually passed away as the young NSK was growing up. Today NSK only sibling is a half-sister, who is a police officer and whom he loves dearly and treasures. NSK attended the Immanuel Ruiters Primary School and then switched to Naraville Primary school for his Grade Five to Seven. He went on to complete his high school career at Duneside High School.

"My love for arts started when I joined the St François Church choir at the age of six or seven years singing the base. Here I started exploring arts if it was singing, dancing or drawing. From there I took a bigger step and joined the Duneside High School Choir."

NSK would form a group called the Duneside Singers in Grade 10, but when he reached Grade 12, he left the group to concentrate on his studies. Besides arts and academic work, NSK showed interest in sports taking part in his school's rugby team before moving on to soccer. He was not the best player and switched to coaching the under-18s' soccer team. The schools soccer team was still a very small project, and with little interest at the time, with rugby being the main sport.

NSK moved to Windhoek where he enrolled with the Polytechnic of Namibia for a Human Resource Degree. Coming to the city further opened the young and multitalented NSK's eyes and he found him in a whirlwind of opportunities and explorations. It is also this time that NSK found out that he is related to Stanley Mareka, founder of Equipped Dancing Academy.

During his first year at the Polytechnic, NSK joined the choir and enjoyed a healthy stint signing but in his second year, with his parents struggling to provide for him financially in the capital city, NSK soon joined the ranks of Equipped Dancing Academy dancing at events and shows alongside his cousin, Stanley. In this way he made modest but much needed income.

"I danced for a year and a half and in that time I made some much-needed income and good contacts but it came to a point where I wanted to go into something that I could make money and settle most of my expenses, and lift the financial burden off my mother."

In 2011 NSK quit dancing and got a job as a conductor of the choir at Ella Du Plessis High School where he conducted the choir for five months. He went on to audition as radio presenter at the University of Namibia radio station, which he got. Joggling his studies and working as a conductor and a radio presenter proved too much and he stepped down from his job as a conductor at Ella du Plessis.

At Unam radio NSK started off with the morning show, then called the Morning Glory alongside Cooper, a female radio presenter. He then switched to the Velvet Cruise, which was between 12h00 and 15h00. "I continued with the lunch time show (Velvet Cruise) until the end of November where Tafanji sourced me for an open position at Energy 100. Until at that point in time, I did not think I would move from the Unam radio station, even more so to Energy 100, which is a commercial radio station. "

NSK attended interviews and got the job as a news anchor at Energy 100. The switch was immense, moving from a community based radio station to a radio station broadcasting around Namibia and on the internet was intense. "It was amazing, Energy is streaming online and you can listen to us anywhere in the world. I got settled in fast with the guys at Energy, showing me the ropes and offering a helping hand to perfecting my technic. "

"My story of a small town boy coming to the capital city and basically making it, I feel is motivating enough to motivate my fellow peers to get up and aggressively pursue their dreams, and at only 21 years old, I feel I can accomplish much more."

NSK is poised to graduate with a degree in Human Recourses at the Polytechnic of Namibia, and not only stop there but improve his grade marks and pursue further studies in media. "A questioned I come across a lot is why am I studying Human Resources while I am in the media business but for me in Grade 12, we received different representatives at my school to discuss different study opportunities at their respective universities and colleges.

Many of the times the language barrier plays a roll and I choose the first thing that came to mind, and with Business Administration being my second choice."

NSK girlfriend at the time in grade twelve got pregnant and in His mind thought that his future was doomed and would be confined to the fishing town. NSK rose to the challenge, and is now able to provide for his daughter and family.

"I think that our youth is shy for nonsense and fail to improve their grade 12 results and as a nation we fail to read and educated our self. I believe that the Namibian youth needs to stand up and aggressively force the opportunities out there and need to understand that their parents and government can only do much before sooner or later fend for them self. "

Today NSK is venturing into theatre and has starred in a play called Things fall apart. He is not stopping there but looking into stepping in the film industry this year.

"Success is not only measured via your academic qualification but make use of your talents, know how and experiences. Namibian youth your future is in your hands it is up to you to make it or break it. Show initiative and more hands and institution will stand behind you and give you support.Go out and fight for your dreams and start living them," NSK inspires fellow youths.

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