Olufuko receives a N.dollars 2 million boost

14 Jul 2014 10:40am
OUTAPI, 14 JUL (NAMPA) - The Outapi Town Council has raised close to N.dollars 2 million in cash and pledges for the successful hosting of its 2014 Olufuko Cultural Festival that will be held at the town next month.
A fundraising gala dinner was held at the town on Saturday night. The annual festival’s patron, former President Sam Nujoma started off the pledges by contributing N.dollars 20 000 on behalf of his family.
OB Davids Properties pledged the highest amount at N.dollars 1 million; followed by the Outapi Town Council with N.dollars 250 000; while Ama Engineering and Outapi Town Square contributed N.dollars 55 000 and N.dollars 50 000, respectively.
Speaking during the gala dinner, Outapi mayor Matheus Ndeshitila told those present that the gala dinner of the first Olufuko Cultural Festival in 2012 managed to raise about N.dollars 430 000, while last year, some N.dollars 620 000 was raised.
The Olufuko Cultural Festival focuses on the traditional initiation of young women, and a total of 40 young girls will be initiated this year.
Addressing the gala dinner, Nujoma indicated that the festival is aimed at reviving and strengthening cultural norms and beliefs.
“The festival provides opportunities to our people to practice their culture, while at the same time exhibiting their products and networking with other stakeholders in the region and beyond,” he said.
Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein, Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Oshana regional governor Clemens Kashuupulwa and Ohangwena regional governor Usko Nghaamwa also attended the Olufuko Cultural Festival fundraising event.