The Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) launched the third annual Shining Light Awards Diamond Jewellery Collection. The theme of this year's edition, titled 'Women of Africa, Your Light Shines', saw a record 103 designs entered, proving that the competition has indeed grown in popularity.
The theme for this years' competition was chosen as a celebration of African women in all spheres of life, says Shihaleni Ndjaba, NDTC CEO. "Our African women need to be celebrated. They endure the most difficult possible conditions to ensure their children have the best in life and can build a solid future for themselves. It is a commonly known fact that a house without a mother is just a house, but a house with a woman is a home, full of love and comfort," he says.
One of this years' entrants, Aili Shiwedha says her design is a piece which is representative of the work done by African women, mainly the carrying of objects on their heads. "My piece represents the shape made by a woman's arms as she carries something on her head, which looks like an angels wings. It is also about motherly love," she says. A lecturer in electrical engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia, she says that she has been a designer from a tender age. She specialises in technical drawings and says that although she took part in the NDTC Shining Light competition, engineering will still be her number one passion but adds "you never know", on the possibility of switching careers.
Shiwedha's design is part of six which were selected to be made into exquisite jewellery pieces using Namibian diamonds. The designs will be on show at the Safari Court Conference Centre tonight at 19h00, the event is strictly by invitation. The main objective of the Shining Light Awards is to give aspiring jewellery designers a platform for publicity, in order for them to be seen in public and hopefully make a career out of their talent. The overall winner will be awarded a prize and the awards also offer a grant to an art school, in an effort to ensure that benefits of these awards are spread to a wider section of the public.