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Norwegian-Gambian leads 17th May bicentennial. NRK’s programme gets a foreign-inspired boost this year as Haddy N’Jie co-hosts the Norway Constitution celebrations on TV. Born to a Norwegian mother and a Gambian father, who came to Norway in 1972, the 34-year-old singer-songwriter and journalist has broad experience. “I’ve worked on stage in political theatre, as a music artist, and been working at NRK for about 10 years, on and off,” she told The Foreigner in an interview. “I started as a programme leader in 2009, hosting my first telethon.

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Norwegian-Gambian leads 17th May bicentennial

Published on Thursday, 15th May, 2014 at 20:20 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th May 2014 at 11:58.

NRK’s programme gets a foreign-inspired boost this year as Haddy N’Jie co-hosts the Norway Constitution celebrations on TV.

NRK's Haddy N'Jie
The programme host will be wearing this national costume on NRK's 17th May TV broadcast.NRK's Haddy N'Jie
Photo: Anne Liv Ekroll/NRK


Born to a Norwegian mother and a Gambian father, who came to Norway in 1972, the 34-year-old singer-songwriter and journalist has broad experience.

“I’ve worked on stage in political theatre, as a music artist, and been working at NRK for about 10 years, on and off,” she told The Foreigner in an interview. “I started as a programme leader in 2009, hosting my first telethon.

She also hosted the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest Final in Oslo and 2011’s memorial concert to the victims of the 22 July attacks, amongst other things.

“I’ve been working with the Constitution for over a year through the ‘Jakten på Norge’ programme,” said Ms N’Jie.

Several big Norwegian names are scheduled to appear during Saturday’s 90-minute broadcast. These include singer Sissel Kyrkjebø, hip hop artist and rapper LidoLido (Peder Losnegård), and ski shooting Olympic champion Tora Berger.

TRH the Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish Kings have also been invited to attend the event at eastern Norway’s historic Eidsvoll, where the Constitution was signed on 17th May, 1814.

“The event will also be great fun, and I get to talk with the biggest artists on stage,” said Haddy N’Jie.

What feedback have you received so far?

“I’ve hosted several live shows – three sports galas and four telethons. People don’t say much, they’ve got used to me. “Ok, that’s nice”, they say.”

According to her, celebrating the Constitution from 1814 forwards was much more controversial. Moreover, it was bourgeois between the Wars.

“It only became a celebration of how we know it today after WWII. It’s difficult to find specific aspects of what it means to be Norwegian, it’s better to ask “what do we have in common with the rest of the world” instead,” she added.

Ms N’Jie also sees the main challenges regarding the programme will be “trying to keep the broader view whilst making it fun.”

“We also need the public to show up in order to make it a show with a 17th May atmosphere,” she explained.

Her co-presenter will be Scandinavian actor Jakob Oftebro, who is making his debut appearance on NRK. Some of his screen roles include ‘Kon-Tiki’ playing Torstein Raaby, and as Lars Emil Erichsen in ‘Max Manus’.

“I’m looking forward to work with Jakob. He’s lived in Denmark for seven years, and has more of an out/in look regarding Norway,” concluded Ms N’Jie.

NRK’s transmission starts at 19:30 on NRK1.



Published on Thursday, 15th May, 2014 at 20:20 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th May 2014 at 11:58.

This post has the following tags: norwayconstitution, 17thmay, constitutionbicentennial.





  
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