Keetmanshoop’s very own Rodward Stephanus who goes by his stage name ‘Roda’ this week received N$ 100 000 after he won the first season of The Search.
Roda came out winning from among five other people who made it to the final stage of the show. Initially, 1000 people auditions for the reality TV show but Roda, remained persistent and always delivered his performances in a peculiar way, winning the hearts of many Namibians.
The annual vocal search reality show “The Search” is a TV show searching for the next Namibian sensational star across Namibia, where they will walk away with a cash prize of 100-thousand Namibian dollars.
While the first episode air in 2020, the three-month annual reality show took about seven months to complete its first season due to Covid-19.
“The initiative that was birthed about three years ago by a group of innovative young people had to go through a transformation, to make sure a quality product will be delivered to the Namibian audience. The sixteen-episode reality show, in association with the NBC, has connected viewers, with all the dramatic social experiments that are fun to watch as it is to participate in,” a statement issued by The Search notes.
The Search has set a footprint in the entertainment industry in the country by discovering and grooming untapped talent. Not only did we crown one winner but we impacted a lot of lives and exposed many to the industry. Season two will indeed be better and greater. We, therefore, urged sponsors and partners to come on board and contribute to Namibia’s entertainment industry.
Executive Chairperson of National Youth Council of Namibia Sharonice BuschWho handed over the prices lauded the TV Show saying it is showcasing Namibia’s talented artists across Namibia.
“It offers life-changing opportunities for participating members including families and businesses. The TV show brings Namibians closer to screens once a week on prime time between 5-6 pm exclusively on NBC TV and via our social media. Identifying and nurturing our inherent abilities and capabilities as young people is at the core of our work as NYC, we, therefore, applaud The Search Namibia for this amazing initiative,” said Busch.
She added that she hopes the winner uses the cash prize prudently and use this opportunity to further grow his talent and become a responsible artist in the entertainment industry.