… Shares ambition to one day run for president
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
IT is aesthetically pleasing to the ear every time Esperance Luvindao opens her mouth and voices her opinion on a variety of issues concerning herself and her country, through poetry.
This past Saturday, she released the country’s first-ever poetry album, titled ETHA, at The Confab Bistro.
Being a black conscious final-year medical student, she would sometimes be ridiculed for also being a poet, as some of her ‘haters’ would ask why she is wasting her time doing poetry, if she already has a promising career path.
She prides in telling people to be the best they can be, while being the best version of herself. Esperance is the last born of four siblings and finished her schooling at St Paul’s College. This was where she found her niche, writing poetry and expressing herself creatively; she wrote her first piece in 2007. The poem was so good that it was chosen as one of the best pieces by the United Kingdom’s Young Writers anthology for International Platforms. Not only is she a final-year medicine and pharmacy student at the University of Namibia (Unam), she’s also a singer, entrepreneur and model. “Medicine was always what I wanted to do, but I have a passion for politics and I hope to pursue it one day,” she said. Listening to her poetry evoked many emotive responses at the launch. “Amongst my aspirations and dreams, the biggest one would definitely be running for presidency, she said. Esperance is confident that she will and can create change, by impacting the lives of different people. One such act is opening the Angel for Hope Foundation, where she works with young girls, helping them with schooling, personal issues and motivating them to be better every day. “Whatever talents you have, you need to use them to the best of your abilities, to ensure that other people reap of them.” Esperance is currently working with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare on of her poetry pieces that she included in the album. She said that her first one-woman show in 2015, at the Unam Khomasdal campus, opened doors for her to work with both public and private entities, such as ministries, entrepreneurs and corporate companies.
“People think that poetry should be limited, via spoken word, but the contrary is that you can do much more,” she added. Esperance feels that poetry is underestimated in Namibia, but says she will not limit herself to only doing it here.“I believe in doing bigger and better things; I currently have distributors for the album in South Africa, Angola and Nigeria.” The album is available in Namibia for N$100, by contacting Nesu on 085 640 9935.
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