THE media is constantly hoarded with news about drugs and alcohol abuse across the country, in most parts of the world; these substances are widely advertised to people in many forms especially in the pop culture.
According to a Unites States-based website sobernation.com, it is common for drug and alcohol references and outright usage to occur in popular music, movies, and even literature.
Confidente’s Jeoffrey Mukubi recently spoke to some well-known names in Namibian entertainment to gauge their views on drugs and alcohol consumption as well as abuse in Namibia.
Don Kamati (Musician) – I personally think the situation is getting out of hand. Drugs have become so easy to get and most of the accidents on the roads are alcohol related. The government should find away to limit alcohol consumption Namibia could as lead by example like Zimbabwe which recently legalized medical marijuana which will also open up doors for investors abroad that will create jobs for the youth.
Mappz (Television and radio host) – I think in certain parts of the country, people really consume alcohol irresponsibly, and where alcohol is rife, drugs are too. These substances make some people erratic and violent. I can say I have seen in certain communities where even young children are being used as tools to sell. In a country of two million people, we are ranked too high up to be regarded as one of the highest consumers of alcohol. Big Mitch (Comedian and MC) – To be honest, drugs and alcohol consumption levels in Namibia are too high. And it is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. What is really scary is that this is mainly a problem with Namibian youth and it is a high contributing factor to the accidents that claim lives on the Namibian roads.
NSK(Actor and radio host) – I know about alcohol abuse that is why I launched a personal drive in March to do more about this specific issues. This has always been a problem and a lot of Namibians have become numb to substance abuse just like most have become numb to HIV/ AIDS. I worked on a theatre show titled I am Joe and the play is basically about a family member who suffers at the hands of someone who abuses alcohol. This led me to campaigning for Weatherman and Co as well as a Namibia Brewers Limited (NBL) adverts. I am basically using my influence to creatively push important matters like these. The powers that be are refusing us to spread positive and creative initiatives to reduce some of these issues, by cutting funds to our line ministry as entertainers.
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