Saturday, 1st September 2018, Denzel //Naobeb (NSK) was named Namibia’s Favourite Male Actor at 2018 Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards (SYMLAFA).
The fan-voted category saw NSK, Ashwyn Mberi, Adriano Visagie and Pummue Eiseb vie for the title of Namibia’s Favourite Actor. Having lost the award to Dice in 2017, NSK came back and snatched the award with much determination.
The SYMLAFA is the brainchild of Simply You Magazine’s Executive, Helena Ngaifiwa, aimed at celebrating Namibia’s top lifestyle and fashion personalities.
This is what NSK had to say about the win, his dream of featuring on the ‘Third Will’ series, SYMLAFA 2018 and the animal that would drive him crazy if it could talk.
Tell me about the moment when your name was read out on the SYMLAFA stage.
Priceless. That was the biggest moment of my career. I mean I have had many big moments, but that was the biggest. I have never won a national award. I was once nominated for the NAMA’s (Namibian Annual Music Awards) and lost. I was nominated last year for SYMLFA and lost. So third time’s a charm, I guess. The biggest moment of my career. No doubt.
Did you know that you are going to walk away from a winner?
Nope. I didn’t. It’s even a little trickier because it’s a voting category. So it really could’ve gone to any of the other talented nominees.
On a scale from 1-10 (1 being least), how prepared were you with your acceptance speech?
One! 😀 One, because I attended the ceremony without expectations. What I said that night what was on my heart. I was speaking from the heart because I see how the rest of my colleagues are suffering silently and it’s just not right…
This category was fan-voted, what do you have to say to everyone who voted for you?
I wanted people to know what they are voting for. I didn’t want people to vote for me just because they know me or are friends with me. I wanted people to base their votes on the fact that they have seen my work. So if you voted, you appreciated the product I brought forth. Thank you.
Does this win mean anything extraordinary to you?
Heck yeah! I am the country’s favourite actor! I tried many things for the first time in my acting career over the last 12 months and for it to be recognized on a national scale, is incredible!
What’s your take on the organisation of this year’s SYMLAFA?
It was an incredible effort. It was a brilliant theme. It was an all-round fantastic atmosphere. The only problem is the lack of sponsors. The organizers really made it work with the limited budget they had, although it’s not supposed to be like that. Hence my speech. If any of these multinationals had injected a couple of millions into that award, it would’ve been out of this world. Despite that, they still put up an incredible show and platform for Lifestyle and fashion bigwigs. The rest of the country really needs to get behind these awards.
Are we going to see more of NSK now that you got the recognition for your hard work?
I will be hustling until the last breath to be on every stage in this country and Southern Africa! I say hustle because I honestly hate auditions. I suck at auditions. I don’t know how I managed to get this far because I really suck at auditions. However, I will keep trying and I will keep hustling. So yes…you will see more of me…one way or another. Something WILL GIVE!
What performance would you say is the most memorable you had so far?
Definitely, my first ever TV commercial sanctioned by Weatherman agency, sponsored by Namibia Breweries Limited and directed by Rio. At the time I had no screen experience. I had no prior rehearsals. It was a live environment with real people (not actors). My director literally walked me through what he wanted to project…and I acted it the best way I could! That was memorable!
How was it working in that advertorial?
It was insane! Lights, camera, action! The intimidating and loud environment in which we shot it. Seasoned professionals around you advising you and helping you at every corner. It was an amazing and real experience. I want more, dammit, I want more!
Is there any current Namibia film or series you would like to be in?
I would like to be in ‘The Third Will’. I didn’t receive callbacks after my first audition. Like I told you…I suck at auditions. The worst part is that it’s not even a reflection of what I can do, but ‘The Third Will’ people, can I get another try, toxoba?
Lighten up with NSK
If you were a t-shirt, what colour would you be? Why?
Right now…Gold. It will match my new look mos…
Are you in a relationship?
Titse…this question. Yes, I am.
What’s the most epic way you’ve seen someone quit or be fired?
Saturday morning, a person came late for their radio show. Boss was unfortunately around and he just told her to go and never come back. Net so!
What actors or actresses play the same character in almost every movie or show they do?
“Jack Mabaso” is always a “Jack Mabaso” in every movie. Can’t they give him a pastor’s role or something?
What’s the craziest conversation you’ve overheard?
It was a conversation about me…at a car wash. A couple of ladies were debating whether I am Namibian or not. They had no idea who I was until a friend of mine…greeted me from far… “Awe NSK..hoezit gazi?” The ladies turned around to see me sitting right next to their table. They were so embarrassed. Oh, and I am Namibian amae. Damara axa.
If animals could talk, which animal would be the most annoying?
A mouse. I assume that they would have this ultra high pitched voice. That will drive me through the roof.
Which protagonist from a movie would make the worst roommate?
If you were given five million dollars to open a small museum, what kind of museum would you create?
A radio museum, which would display all the radio greats Namibia has seen since independence.
What’s your worst example of procrastination?
Learning my lines while I am supposed to do something else. LOL.