13 Aug 2014 15:50pm
OUTAPI, 13 AUG (NAMPA) Sixty-seven girls have registered for initiation during the Olufuko Festival at Outapi in the Omusati Region this year.
Last year 22 girls participated in the initiation rituals.
The girls are from different traditional authorities in northern Namibia.
The Outapi Town Council in the Omusati Region introduced the Olufuko Festival in 2012.
Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma is the patron of the festival, which is mainly focused on the initiation of young girls to prepare them for womanhood traditionally.
The Omusati regional governor, Sophia Shaningwa told the festivals fundraising gala dinner held at Outapi last month that the girls always go back to school after being traditionally initiated at the festival.
The festival will run from 20 to 25 August.
One of the organisers of the festival, Nyeuvo Ekandjo told Nampa on Wednesday President Hifikepunye Pohamba will open the festival on Friday next week, and he will be accompanied by Nujoma.
Groups of young people from across the community of Omusati Region are anticipated to be involved in a variety of traditional performances throughout the duration of this years festival.
More than 12 000 people visited the festival last year, compared to over 9 000 visitors in 2012, he said, adding that more visitors are expected this year.
Last year, 260 people exhibited their products and services at the festival, compared to 123 in 2012.
We are still busy selecting the exhibitors for this year, because they are too many for the capacity of our Olufuko Festival centre, Ekandjo stated.
An animal show will be held at the festival for the first time this year.