Industry Loop: Do we have celebrities in Namibia?

It is undeniably absurd that in this age of sober reasoning, we still have to ask the absolutely ridiculous question: “Do we have celebrities in Namibia?”

The fallacy that we don’t have celebrities in Namibia is something that has been a long time coming. History will have you know that I wrote about this in 2017, and again in 2021. Here we are… in freaking 2024; right where we started.

However, as an analyst, I have to stay calm. I need to look at both sides of the coin, right? I almost want to say “nonsense,” but this is 2024, where we encourage mature discourse. So, I will analyze this in an absolutely calm way… I think. But before we get into what I think now, we’ll have to go back to 2017.

In 2017, I wrote: “People will troll you. Especially in Namibia, where people strangely celebrate falls, they will amplify your mistakes. That’s how it is. Accept it.” In 2021, I wrote: “Posting that comment (We don’t have celebrities in Namibia) exposes how hungry you are for influence. Posting that comment exposes how stupid and ignorant you are.”

My views have not changed; not a bit, since 2017. I think Namibians celebrate falls. I still think you are a clout-seeking idiot and expect some reactions when you post that comment (Namibia has no celebrities). It is sad that in this country we lack critical thinking. People just follow popular opinion. Nobody thinks about it. Nobody investigates. Namibians have a fucking backbone. But like I said… I will participate in this speech with absolute grace. Here’s the bomb… I see how cowardly Namibians can resort to saying we don’t have celebrities in Namibia. Namibians are inundated with foreign content. When they turn on the television, they see regional and international pop culture, where creative professionals stay in triple flats and drive Ferraris. When Namibians use their phones… they witness regional and international pop culture where creative professionals “freeze” shopping malls and paralyze a community.

There is no Namibian content that can teach the cowardly Namibians that as a society we are simply not at that level. It will probably take us another lifetime to get to that level, if we ever do. The Namibian economy and way of life simply does not allow for that lifestyle. We don’t have a market for that. We don’t have the population for that kind of riches.

Due to the enormous market and population strength in regional and international pop countries, someone who could be considered a “Mahai” could earn enough to drive a decent car and own a house. In Namibia, Mahai languishes somewhere on the streets of Greenwell.

This is why I keep coining the phrase “characterless Namibians” because if you took two seconds to think a little critically, you would see that you cannot align wealth with celebratory status in Namibia. That may be the case in regional and international pop culture, but not here.

Here you will see your favorite celebrity in line with you at Natis. You will see your favorite at Shoprite. You’ll see your favorite at a car wash.

Let’s stop being so damn stupid. It’s annoying AF. The lack of patriotism in this country should be studied. Political leaders should be worried. How is this not considered a crisis?!

Until the next Loop, we say #GMTM

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