By Emilie Shimbali
A black cloud struck the Namibian film industry recently when legendary actor, David Ndjavera, died at 52.
Tributes have been pouring in from Namibian actors, musicians, sports and media personalities, as well family members sharing their memories and ominous feelings of grief and loss.
Fredy Philander, who cultivated and prepared Ndjavera for the acting career at Jan Jonker Afrikaner School, was among the many people who paid tribute to the veteran actor calling his departure as a greater loss to the Namibian theatre.
Philander described Ndjavera as someone who had a beautiful, creative soul that should never be forgotten in Namibia.
“David has been a role model to many young people and was one of the greatest actors of our time. Ndjavera left behind an incredible legacy in the Namibian film industry,”
Over the course of his 52-year life career, the stage actor was known for his ginormous role in films like ‘Katutura’, Taste of Rain and ‘Hairareb’ and in 2019, he was honoured as best male Actor accolade at the Namibian Theatre and Film Awards.
“David was an amazingly talented performer, teacher and mentor to the team, during the production of Hairareb. He shared his experience freely, particularly to the younger and more inexperienced members of the cast. The entire cast and crew of the film Hairareb and the production company Ndapunikwa Investments have learnt, with great sadness, of the passing of our lead actor,” said Dantagos Jimmy, Executive Producer of Hairareb.
The 2019 drama film Hairareb, starring Ndjavera as one of his last projects, is selected to premiere at Durban International Film Festival between 22 July- 01 August.
Stars including Andriano Visage, Lize Ehlers, Sandy Rudd, Tim Huebschle, mourn the loss of their Colleague.
“ He was a true artist, mentor, family and theatre father. He was the most honest, genuine and selfless person. His passion for his craft and his dedication to each and every role he played in the creative sectors of our country will be remembered. Namibia will miss him.”