… Says NBC did not have anything to offer him
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
ABRAHAM Pieters, a 23-year-old television and film director from Windhoek has gone one up in his pursuit to put Namibia on the map, working for one of South Africa’s biggest television stations, SABC 3. The ambitious Pieters is an Assistant Floor Director for two entertainment shows namely the Expresso morning show and the Afternoon Express, both prime time shows on SABC 3, the station confirmed to Confidente.
A television floor director is the person in charge of the production “floor”, which basically refers to the main production area where all the action takes place. Before scoring the gig, Pieters was a student at the College of the Arts Namibia (COTA) pursuing a diploma in television production and graduated top of his class in 2017. “I had the great privileged of growing and blossoming at the College for 3 years and not only did I get educated but I also got a chance to think more deeply about what really matters to me,” Pieters said.
“I learned to live more honorably engage in the intellectual and social challenges of our times, especially my generation. I went to the College to be more of who I thought I could never be and today I can confidently say I went to the College of the Arts with no shame or regret,” he said. Pieters was the producer of the Afro Space which aired on One Africa Television and he believes the show gave him the necessary skills to penetrate the South African broadcasting industry.
“The thing I love most about Afro Space is highlighting success, showing what can be done and has been done by Namibians and by achievers all over our country to make a significant contribution to improving lifestyles, whilst telling our own stories and staying true to our heritage,” he stated.
Pieters also told Confidente that he came up with his Afro Space show from watching the Afternoon Express on SABC 3.
“If it wasn’t for the existence of Afternoon Express, Afro Space would not have existed. I breath eat the execution of the show and fast forward, today I am assistant floor director on Afternoon Express” he said.
Asked why he did not pursue a career at the Namibian Broadcasting Cooperation he said: “I was 21 years old at the time but new exactly what I wanted and NBC just did not offer me what I wanted. My passion has always been to tell stories that reflect the multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi everything world that we see all around us.”
Pieters has proven that through discipline and consistency, dreams can come true. “Being assistant floor director on Expresso and Afternoon Express is a dream come true, I am happy but not yet content, because there is still so much that I want to do and accomplish.”
Both shows only air in South Africa, alternatively one can watch the shows on YouTube.
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