THE founder of NamWear Clothing, Bannana David (28), has urged the youth to create their own employment opportunities.
David, who is also a merchandiser for Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) at Oshakati, officially launched the brand on 10 October 2021.
David says he plans to open a shop in future, from where he can sell his items and also create job opportunities to help address the high unemployment rate in the country.
He would always wear local brands while growing up he says, because he is passionate about locally made items.
“At a younger age, I used to wear Mshasho branded clothes and I think King Tee Dee is the one who inspired me to open my own brand. Later I also met Medu for Let’s Urban Wear and AJMK for Authentic Wear, who motivated me more to go into the clothing industry. So far I like it so much,” he says.
The name of the brand was inspired by his love for Namibia, he says.
“I also realised that when doing business, you must not do it for yourself but you have to do it for other people (customers). Starting this brand has given me the platform to have my own business, which has always been a dream of mine. It makes me feel so proud to dress people,” David says.
Working in the industry comes with various challenges, he admits.
“Honestly, the obstacles I am experiencing are not different from others in the industry. I am experiencing delayed payments or sometimes no payments at all. I would like to urge the public to support local, because in this way we can help each other grow. To the young Namibian generation, let’s focus on entrepreneurship and kill the tendency of waiting for the government to provide everything for us. Let’s meet the government halfway, regardless of our qualifications,” he says.
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