For 2021, the Awards’ chosen symbol is a common sight across Namibia’s vast landscapes: the windmill. It is an ingenious adaptation to the country’s arid conditions.
The windmill is also a metaphorical representation of Doek’s motto and the wisdom which makes great storytelling possible: hope and optimism in spite of present difficulties.
With strong foundations in Namibia’s soil, history, and heritage, and constantly turning to face any opportunity which comes their way, Namibian literary artists bring the country’s hidden stories to local and global audiences. In sharing their craft, they also archive them for present and future generations.
Designed by Romeo Sinkala, the 2021 concept is built around the following general themes: resilience, perseverance, adaptation, artistic endeavour, dignified, determined struggle despite hardship, sustainability, hope for today, and optimism for tomorrow.
Inspired by this concept, six trophies for the inaugural awards will be designed by Attila Giersch, an award-winning Namibian goldsmith and jeweller.
Every ten years, an exhibition of the various awards shall be held to showcase these special pieces of art and the concepts that inspired their creation.
Romeo Sinkala is a digital artist and illustrator. He currently works as a senior art director at Weathermen & Co. one of Namibia’s top advertising agencies. As an artist he is influenced by comic books, animation, and character design. His art explores African mythology and folklore and how questions about African histories and cultures have or should transition with Africans in the future.
Romeo wrote and illustrated SUMBU, a best-selling children’s book about Namibia’s independence that won the Best Children’s Book Award in 2018 at the Namibian Children’s Book Forum. He also co-authored Jahohora as an illustrator, a book based on the novel of the same name by Mari Serebrov. Jahohora was published in Herero, German, and English—it is listed on the Amazon and ABC websites. Romeo’s work has also appeared in Doek!.