Totem Expo receives overwhelming support

30 Jun 2013 12:10
OSHAKATI, 30 JUN (NAMPA) ? A total of 6 255 people visited the Oshakati Totem Exposition (Expo) this year, an extraordinary increase from last year?s figure of just 3 000 visitors.
The Corporate Communications Officer of Oshakati, Jackson Muma told Nampa here on Sunday that the four-day Oshakati Totem Expo started on Thursday and was held until Sunday.
Muma said the figure of 6 255 is only counting visitors who came to the expo on Saturday, and it excludes members of the cultural groups, artists and exhibitors.
The number of visitors who came to the expo on Sunday was not immediately available.
?The Oshakati Totem Expo 2013 demonstrated the event?s potential, as big improvements can easily be noticed in comparison to the first expo held in June 2012,? Muma noted.
He pointed out that the event has 70 exhibitors, of which 40 were kapana vendors and the remaining 30 was made up of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and corporate institutions.
The different cultural groups, that represented 15 totem floats, received their awards on Saturday with the Okatana-based Ondjodjo Cultural Group which represented the Aakwanayuma totem crowned the champions.
As the overall winner, Aakwanayuma scooped the first prize of a gold floating trophy and a wooded traditional drum because of the group?s impressive creativity, portrayal of floats, dancing and other cultural activities.
Ondangwa-based Mushimba Nokondonga Cultural Group, representing the Aakwananzi totem, won the second prize and took home a silver floating trophy and a wooden traditional drum.
The third prize of a bronze floating trophy and timber traditional drum went to another Okatana-based cultural group called Tumeingeko, representing the Aakwanyoka totem.
According to Muma, each of the 15 cultural groups that participated in the cultural performances during the expo received N.dollars 2 500 and a book of Oshiwambo totems, authored by local historian Vilho Tshilongo.
?All the exhibitors are expected to receive certificates as a token of appreciation for participating in the Oshakati Totem Expo 2013,? Muma stated.
Apart from the awarding the 15 participating cultural groups with prizes, the expo also witnessed the crowning of Miss Totem 2013.
Nangula Nashandi was crowned both Miss Totem 2013 and Miss Personality, and she got the first prize of N.dollars 1 000 and an additional N.dollars 300 for being Miss Personality.
The First Princess was Magdalena Weef George who received N.dollars 800 and Second Princess Petronella Shiyukifeni walked away with N.dollars 600.
Miss Photogenic was Rauresia Shiningayamwe who also received a prize of N.dollars 300.
?During her tenure, Miss Totem will serve as an inspiration of the youth on cultural aspects, specifically the totems,? Muma explained.
Fisheries and Marine Resources Deputy Minister Samuel Ankama officially opened the 2013 Oshakati Totem Expo on behalf of Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob on Friday.