The most bearded crowned

28 September 2018 | Art and Entertainment

A festival in the north recently celebrated Namibian men and their beards.

The LG Bar and Restaurant at Oshakati last week Saturday hosted a well-attended Eembezi (beard) Festival which saw N$15 000 being awarded to the best-bearded man. Fifteen bearded men participated in the festival and Petrus Shimweefeleni from Ondobe in the Ohangwena Region, and George Shivute and Jona Daniel, were declared the winners at the end of the competition. Shimweefeleni, 63, was the participant with the longest beard, Shivute had the thickest beard and Daniel won the stylish beard token.

The owner of LG, Kristof Amukushu, crowned the winners by handing over N$5 000 to each of the three men. Shimweefeleni told journalists at the end of the festivities that he uses traditional oil (omaadi eenhanga) to treat his beard and it took him some five years to grow it to the present length. Several bearded men, although they did not take part in the contest, attended the event.

Spokesperson of the organising committee of the festival, Remind Ekandjo told a media briefing held earlier this month that the event was hosted as an amusement event as well as to promote proper beard care and/or treatment for men in Namibia.

Namibian Breweries, Distell, Remind Trading, LLJ Trading, Oshakati Cold Storage, Meatco, Oshikuku Pit Stop, Shetweni Trading, Onyofi Trading, Metro and Oshipuku Trading were the local firms which jointly sponsored the event.

Nampa

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