Teaching the value of failure

F*ckup Nights was brought to Namibia by a group of young adults, with the aim of inspiring the general public with stories of how people, who are successful today, have fallen but are still going strong.

26 April 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Originating in Mexico, F*ckup Nights is a global event established in Namibia in 2018 by a group of individuals who wanted to show struggling entrepreneurs that even their idols have had a rocky road to where they are now.

Under the mentorship of Cleophas Johannes, the president of AIESEC Namibia, a team of eight started organising the event which is a comfortable space for successful individuals to share their stories of failure and give a behind-the-scenes look at how they got to where they are now, while investigating some of the embarrassing things that happened to them on their way up.

The team aims to inspire locals and break the stigma among Namibians of being afraid to try anything because of the possibility of failure.

They highlighted that more is learned from losing than one could ever learn from winning. Brands and digital marketing executive Mark Katjiku said the event was established to help the youth and other members of the community realise that it’s okay to have a few failures on your way to success.

“Many people give up too quickly on their dreams due to one or two failures. People attending the event should expect a great networking opportunity and a space where they can feel safe being themselves and embracing their mistakes,” he said.

The event’s finance manager Ester Uuzigo hopes that the next F*ckup Nights event to be held on Tuesday, 30 April, will pull a better crowd and reach more people compared to the previous two events, with the most recent one having taken place on 27 February. She said she hopes people will learn from the speakers.

Tega Namwandi, who is tasked with managing the eight-member team, said one of the main challenges they have experienced is attracting sponsors because most companies are sceptical due to the name of the project.

She, however, mentioned that the name is an abbreviation and was adopted from Mexico, where the project originated.

Namwandi encouraged people to be open-minded and come to the event and learn something new.

Having set the standard high, the line-up of speakers for the next event is phenomenal and includes rising musical star Top-Cheri, Tjuna Kauapirura, Netumbo Nekomba, Regto David and Simon Samuel.

The event was initially sponsored by Coca-Cola and Red Bull, but this year Poiyah Media came on board as the main sponsors. The event is scheduled to take place at the Pelican Café in Hochland Park and tickets are available online at Webtickets and at any Pick n Pay, or alternatively via FUN Agents, Tega (081 478 2335) and Ester(081 850 5388) for N$50 or N$100 at the door.

ESTER KAMATI

Similar News

 

And the winners are…

6 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

If you were not at the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) 2019 at The Dome in Swakopmund, then you missed out on a music celebration...

Glits, glam and lots of talent!

6 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Ester KamatiThe academy, which has two branches, each accommodating dancers between the ages of as young as five and the eldest, 21, will have up...

Fresh and Popping - Spring edition

6 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

How blessed is 2019? In terms of music this year we are getting more than we deserve. What is the term to use when one...

Behind the beats with DJ Chronic

6 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

The best and biggest songs are usually collaborative efforts. But in most cases, the vocalists take the lead from the producers or composers. We have...

Florito announces new EP coming soon

6 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

With a hands-on approach, Florito's musical deliveries truly make use of a fusion of sounds that give him his own identity. His latest single Pull...

Queen of Afrobeats signs to Motown

6 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Nigerian-born artist Tiwa Savage – widely regarded as the queen of Afrobeats recently released her new single, 49-99 via Motown Records.Since signing her international deal...

Passion for fabrics

6 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Fashion designer Simeone Johannes talks the growth of SynEDGY.Namibia can pretty much nod at the fact that Simeone Johannes is one of the creatives currently...

Rihanna's new album comes December

6 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Rihanna's long-awaited ninth album is to be released in December, according to various French reporters.Several French reporters took to Twitter on Sunday to reveal the...

Lil Nas X wants 'at least 70' songs for...

6 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Lil Nas X has revealed he is only 2% into his debut album and he wants to write at least 70 songs before he picks...

Nicki Minaj retires

6 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Rap queen Nicki Minaj shocked fans by announcing her retirement from music, saying she was going to focus on family. The provocative 36-year-old, known for...

Latest News

Oshakati hospital rundown, understaffed

17 hours ago | Health

The 750-bed Oshakati Intermediary Hospital, which serves close to a million patients a year, is operating without a paediatrician, neonatologist, neurosurgeon, dietician, clinical psychologist and...

Roar young lions, roar!

17 hours ago | Columns

Youth without a consistent voice are inevitably excluded from the pockets of power that exist throughout societies.Youth who become praise-singers and imbongis, even when they...

Teko trio walk free

17 hours ago | Justice

Teckla Lameck, Jerobeam Mokaxwa and Chinese national Yang Fang, known as the Teko trio, have been found not guilty of all charges relating to a...

'He decided to flee'

17 hours ago | Crime

Defence minister Penda Ya Ndakolo says Benisius Kalola (32), the second unarmed civilian killed during Operation Kalahari Desert this year, was shot when he fled...

280 cops deployed against poachers

17 hours ago | Crime

The Namibian police have deployed 280 members to assist in the fight against poaching.Inspector-general Sebastian Ndeitunga says these members, selected from across the country, are...

Uanivi gets Warriors chance

17 hours ago | Sports

African Stars veteran defender Pat-Navin Uanivi has finally been selected for the national team after years of being omitted. Uanivi forms part of Brave Warriors...

Horn suspended for alleged doping

17 hours ago | Sports

South African women's 100m record holder Carina Horn has been suspended from competition over doping allegations.The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Monday: “The AIU...

'Hitman' faces tough brawl

17 hours ago | Sports

Former two-time world champion Paulus 'Hitman' Moses is set for tough night, as he not only faces Russia's Adlan Aburashidov, but also the home-ground advantage...

Loubser ready to get his...

17 hours ago | Sports

Four years ago, Cliven Loubser was inspired after watching his native Namibia score a try against New Zealand and earn their first Rugby World Cup...

Load More