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The National Theatre of Namibia in association with the Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD) proudly presents a free community play titled “Surviving The Odds”, speaking on issues affecting persons with disabilities (PWDS) in Namibia. The play is developed through the partnership between the NTN and NNAD, working together with artists to raise awareness in the general public, on the capabilities and rights of PWDS in Namibia.

Starring actors Saara Kaapanda, Ngumeritiza Katuuo, and Namutenya Hamukoto, the community play aims to address the destructive attitudes that persist in the general public community, against PWDS in Namibia. Furthermore, it aims to address the highlights and challenges of Namibian PWDS, across more than 30 years of independence in the country.

The play is set to be showcased on the following dates:

12 October 2021, Tuesday
18H30, Commando Hall
Katutura, Clemence Kapuwo St.

13 October 2021, Wednesday

18H30, Reformed Pentecostal Church (Gereformeerde Pinkster Kerk)
Wanaheda, Omongo St.

14 October 2021, Thursday

18H30, Disability Resource Centre
Okuryangava, Ondoto St.

The play will be showcased in English, Afrikaans and Namibian Sign language. All venues will be supported with a ramp.

The performance is proudly funded by the National Arts Council of Namibia in support of sustainable opportunities for artists with disabilities.

No booking is required for the performance; however, space is limited due to COVID-19 regulations. Early attendance is encouraged to avoid disappointment on capacity.

For inquiries, contact info@ntn.org.na, 061 374 400


Information on artists:


Saara Kaapanda

Saara Kaapanda is a 26-year-old performer, seamstress and aspiring chef. She was born in Tsandi and went to school at the National Institute of Special Education in Windhoek. As a multi-talented person, she went to study at Kayec, whereby she finished her course in tailoring. She credits Nigerian movies for her love of acting. She hopes more projects that integrate artists with disabilities are consistent and not sporadic. Eager and willing to take on this challenge, Kaapanda, still loves cooking and aims to be a chef while pursuing art.


Ngumeritiza Katuuo

Ngumeritiza Katuuo is a 21-year-old learner and aspiring actor. He was born in Gobabis and is attending the School for the Visually Impaired in Windhoek. Katuuo grew up creating scenarios and watching television for inspiration. Interested in the performing arts, he partook in school Christmas plays where he realized he loved the craft. He believes drama is a key to education and entertainment. Katuuo is currently studying Office Administration at the School for the Visually Impaired and he wishes to further his studies in his course. He wants to be successful and wants to show that even if you have a disability, that you can be successful if you just give it a try.


Namutenya Hamukoto


Namutenya Hamukoto is a 25-year-old student and performer. She was born in Angola, Olehole and grew up in Windhoek, where she attended the School of Visually Impaired until grade 10 and then went to matriculate at the Windhoek Technical High School. She is currently studying Business Management, at the University of Namibia. Hamukoto fondly remembers the TV as her best friend, spending a lot of time in front of it, where she would explore the singing, dancing and acting she would witness. Although being an aspiring actor, Hamukoto is working towards being a businessperson in tourism as well and a philanthropist in the future. She would like to continue pursuing her acting, gaining more experience and knowledge to merge her love of acting and business. Her hopes persons with disabilities in Namibia are to be heard and respected, and not treated differently due to her disability.