Luis Munana is the first male Namibian to be named in Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list
Luis Munana is one of the creative personalities highlighted in the 2019 Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list. The former Big Brother contestant is the co- founder and host of Voigush Africa and creative director of Namibia’s first original animated cartoon and puppet show “Waka Waka Moo”.
For the first time the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list has included a Namibian man in their selectees. Model and creative personality Luis Munana was named one of the most diversified entrepreneurs on the continent.
Forbes said that as a jack of all trades, Munana “proves that one can be talented both on and off screen”.
Although Munana established his television production company in 2007, he and his business partner, Tuwilika Ndaafuka only started Voigush Africa; a lifestyle, fashion and entertainment TV show; in 2014. The show that Munana produces, directs, scripts and edits himself was inspired by the South African entertainment market.
“While studying in South Africa, I would go to auditions to shows like V Entertainment, Top Billing and MTV Base Africa but they would always tell me I am not South African. So, I came home and created my own show,” he told Forbes.
Waka Waka Moo
The brainchild of Manana and a project that took three years to reach fruition “Waka Waka Moo” is an edutainment children’s show that became an instant sensation in Namibia. The show which is the first of its kind in the country features prominent Namibian personalities who narrate educational messages and folk tales through the show’s puppet characters. The show is also available in all of Namibia’s local languages.
In 2018 Munana presented the show in France at the Cannes Film Festival where he struck a distribution deal that facilitates the airing of the program the UK, US and Canada.
Now in its second season the show will focus even more on educational content, community roles for children, and health.
‘’These are stories we were told growing up. We are going to delve deeper into child abuse, and we are going deeper in an educational space. There is less action and adventure but still there is an entertainment aspect to it because it pertains to children’s livelihoods,’’ Munana is quoted saying by New Era Live.
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The ‘Waka Waka Moo’ brand has in fact morphed into a Waka Learning Academy where the show’s characters are used to educate children using the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC curriculum is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3 to 12-year olds with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject.
“I’m one of the partners of this initiative but not the sole founder of the academy. We are a group of people making sure kids are educated,” Munana explained to Entertainment Now.
Windhoek Fashion Week
Munana is also the Founder and Director of the Windhoek Fashion Week. The event gives designers an opportunity to promote their designs and craftsmanship and form business relationships and contacts.
“In the beginning, Namibian models and designers used to showcase their work in other countries, so we decided to localise the idea and create an opportunity for them to do it here at home,” explained Munana told New Era Live.