Helvi Itenge is United Nations Information Centre Windhoek’s Woman Crash Wednesday or #WCW for short.
We know Helvi Wheeler for her work with setting up the bi-annual Namibia Book Fair which happens in every odd year at the moment. We expect the next edition of the fair should be rolling into town in 2017.
Today we learnt that our Helvi also goes by the name Helvi Itenge. This emerged as the United Nations Information Centre in Windhoek, Nambia decided that today, Helvi will be their celebrate lady of Wednesday. The social media kids like referring to this celebration as #WomanCrushWednesday or #WCW and who are we to disagree with their analysis hey?
So the celebration involved asking Helvi questions about her work as a writer and publisher with Yambeka Media Foundation as well as her launching the Namibia Book Fair. She has quite a bit to say on a few topics on interest to us.
On why she started the Namibian Book Fair: I founded the Namibia Book Fair in 2012 to foster an appreciation of Namibian and African literature and language. The Namibia Book Fair is the platform to showcase and promote Namibian and other African books, authors and publishers. The impact that the NBF has on the Namibian community is that there has been an increase in locally authored and published books in the country.
On why reading and writing are important: It is important to read to children because it enhances their knowledge, increases their creativity and awakens their curiosity.