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Josaphat Tjiho | Namibia


What do you do in your home country and what do you hope to do upon your return? In particular, with the integration of your experiences here?

In my home country I am a performing artist, so acting, mostly working with issues of human rights. I engage with different stakeholders and corporations in my country where I assist them using the means of arts to address some of the issues that they are trying to address.

Hoping to learn and gain how to broaden the arts coop and make sure that arts are being recognized and used as a tool. A tool to advance and advocate for the issues that we have back home.

What is your favorite thing about your home country? How about Philadelphia?

The diversity of my home country in both landscape and in the people. There are many different ethnic groups that speak many different languages. I also like the diversity of the landscape in the sense that we have the dunes, we have the sea, we have the agricultural land, so you get to experience different types of nature within the one country.  

I’m still trying to learn Philly. I like that everything is so structured into the grid system so that you cannot get lost. I also like the friendliness of the people. I have not really encountered a poor response for a bad experience interacting with people here yet.

Do you have any hobbies or an interesting fact you wish to share about yourself?

I have a lot of hobbies. Most of them are linked to my arts. I love adventure, I love traveling, acting, meeting new people. One of my hobbies is also to have a lot of interaction with different cultures, ways, and beliefs of other people.

If I were to come to your home country, what is the first thing I should eat?

Kapana – Namibia is known for having the best beef. It is grilled meat cut into small pieces and dipped in spice. You can eat it with anything.