By John Tuerijama
FORMER veteran female sports journalist, Natasha Wahengo, has praised the achievement of Kaino Ndeumono, who walked away with the title of Regional Annual Sport Awards (RASA) Journalist of the Year recently.
Wahengo said that Ndeumono, who also won the Journalist of the Year crown at last year’s MTC/Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Sports Awards, had made the country’s journalism fraternity very proud.
Ndeumono was up against Thabiso Sithole of South Africa and Henry Mhara from Zimbabwe in her RASA category.
Wahengo, who is the Quality Assurance Editor at Nampa, said of Ndeumono, “She has worked very hard since she started her journalism career, is always open to learn, is funny, and has an easygoing persona, but is tough enough to take criticism.”
Ndeumono is former Namibian Sun journalist, and is currently employed at Trustco.
Wahengo said Namibian journalists can be proud of the RASA winner. “Her award, won on such a big platform, is a milestone for all Namibian sports journalists. It is special to all present and former female sports journalists in Namibia, like Katrina Goagoses, who is probably the longest-serving female on the beat at NBC and in the country, Rosa Hamukwaya (a former NBC sports journalist), myself and Nomvula Kondombolo (a former Nampa employee), who I actually found in the industry when I started in 1997,” Wahengo said.
“I commend Kaino for acknowledging her fellow sports writers for their help during her career. I know sports writers find it difficult to cover all the angles or have all the contacts and sources.
“I personally received a lot of assistance from former and current sports writers like Boet Mathews (Republikein), Helge Schultz (The Namibian), the late Corry Ihuhua (The Namibian), Carlos Kambaekwa (NBC and New Era) and my current boss Isack Hamata, who is still a great source of information.
“Although I have received a couple of awards, none are as prestigious as Kaino’s.
“I’m sure she will agree with me that sub-editors play a major role in polishing stories, so kudos to the ‘sense-makers’, as I refer to them,” said Wahengo. Looking back at her career, she said that covering sporting events was easy for her.
“It was not a problem to sit courtside over the weekends, and the thrill of being so close to the action made it worthwhile. I got to meet sport stars and other VIPs. Katrina and I even covered sports while heavily pregnant, and I know Kaino would have done the same.”
Wahengo added, “Women are as capable as men, when it comes to writing about sports. It would be great if more women could take up sports coverage but it is, after all, a personal choice.
“I have noticed that the NBC Sports Desk now has more women presenters and that is good, as it shows the sector is changing, even though it is at a slow pace.” “But this lack of female sports journalists in broadcast and print media is a global phenomenon, said Wahengo, who added that the highlight of her sport journalist was covering the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
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