First African-S’porean Frogman To March In NDP 2022, Credits NS For His Resilience

First African-S'porean Frogman To March In NDP 2022, Credits NS For His Resilience

African-Singaporean Frogman Hartley Muze To March In NDP & Appear In NS55 Tribute Video

Singapore is truly a diverse and multicultural nation, with people from all corners of the globe making their home here. And it looks like this will be on full and proud display at this year’s National Day Parade (NDP).

Marching in the NDP for the very first time is Hartley Muze, who also has the honour of being the country’s first African-Singaporean frogman.

Source: NDPeeps on Facebook

In addition, Hartley and his Naval Diving Unit (NDU) buddies will appear in a special video paying tribute to 55 years of National Service (NS).

The 25-year-old’s family will also be attending the parade.

First African-Singaporean frogman to march in NDP 2022

On Sunday (31 Jul), Facebook page NDPeeps shared a post announcing that Hartley, the nation’s first African-Singaporean frogman, will be marching in the NDP for the first time.

He will be one of about 2,000 participants from 37 virtual and physical marching contingents.

african-singaporean frogman ndp

Source: NDPeeps on Facebook

To celebrate 55 years of National Service (NS55) in Singapore, NDP 2022 will pay special tribute to all current and past national servicemen and include a “Tribute to NS55” video.

Hartley, the first in his family to serve NS, and his NDU buddies, will be featured in the clip.

african-singaporean frogman ndp

Source: NDPeeps on Facebook

In a statement, Hartley called Singapore “home” and said it “means everything” to him as it’s where he “grew up and created memories”.

“I feel that NS is important because it allows Singapore to remain a safe and independent country,” he shared. “And personally, if it weren’t for NS, I wouldn’t have as much resilience.”

As a diver in the Navy, Hartley has the opportunity to play his part in defending Singapore’s waters.

“However small my role may be as an individual, I take heart in the knowledge that I have what it takes to defend my country, should the need ever arise.”

african-singaporean frogman ndp

Source: NDPeeps on Facebook

He is excited and grateful to be able to take part in the NDP. Moreover, his family will also attend the parade, making the experience even more meaningful for him.

Parents came to Singapore from Tanzania in 1990

Hartley first came into the spotlight when PIONEER featured him in a video interview back in February.

In the clip, he shared his story, explaining that his parents migrated to Singapore from Tanzania in 1990.

He’s very proud to be able to serve NS as it’s a chance for him to give back to Singapore after his parents managed to establish themselves here.

1st African-S’porean Frogman Wants To Give Back To Country That Helped His Family

Being born and raised here, Hartley speaks with a complete Singaporean accent.

He even picked up a few Mandarin phrases and listed char kway teow and chicken rice as his favourite local dishes.

He is reportedly set to complete his NS stint next year.

Looking forward to seeing Hartley & his fellow NSFs at NDP

It’s heartwarming to see just how proud Hartley is to be serving his country.

This shows that no matter our background, Singapore is truly a place that anyone can call “home”.

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Featured image adapted from NDPeeps on Facebook.

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