21 Mar 2014 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) - Hundreds of colourful balloons were released as Namibians celebrated 24 years of freedom at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek on Friday.
People from all walks of life braved the hot sun to witness the event, arriving as early as 07h00. They were also treated to a bottle of water as well as lunch in celebration of Namibias 24 Independence.
Guests were entertained with traditional performances by Namibias diverse ethnic groups dressed in cultural attire before President Hifikepunye Pohamba arrived in a motorcade.
A proud Pohamba waved at the masses before inspecting the parade by members of the navy, air and ground force of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF).
In his scripture reading, Bishop Zephania Kameeta recounted the blessings that freedom brought for the Namibian people and underscored the importance of remembering the sacrifices made to win this freedom.
The Governor of the Khomas Region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua in her welcoming remarks underscored that principles of unity, faith and discipline are indispensable in the quest to build a progressive, democratic, and modern Namibia as envisioned by political leaders.
The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan commended the fruits of independence Namibians are enjoying, and called for unity and peace to continue in the Land of the Brave.
A medal was also conferred on Jonathan by Pohamba for his countrys contribution to Namibias independence.
Nampa spoke to a number of people who attended the Independence celebrations. The 59-year-old Josephine Amukogo said she attended the celebrations to pay tribute to the fallen heroes and heroines of the country.
I am celebrating today the freedom we have enjoyed for the past 24 years and praising those who fought during the liberation struggle of this country, she said.
Shamila Kavendje, 19, said she could not stay at home while many of her friends made use of the free transport provided by the Windhoek Municipality for people to take part in the festivities.
I like watching the cultural groups, listening to the music and enjoy the free lunch, she said.
Members of the public were set to be entertained until 21h00 on Friday night with cultural performances, music by various local bands and football matches.