Initiation of girls at Olufuko in full swing

20 Aug 2014 19:40pm
OLUFUKO, 20 AUG (NAMPA) – The initiation of girls during the Olufuko Annual Festival underway here is well on track, says senior initiation leader Nghituvali Fillipus.
The third edition of the Olufuko Festival started on Wednesday under the theme “Culture: our heritage, our pride”.
Eighty girls are undergoing initiation over three days, from Wednesday to Friday this week.
Fillipus, well known as Namunganga at this occasion, told Nampa on Wednesday the girls woke up early Wednesday morning to smear the traditional ointment (Oshive) on them before they pounded mahangu.
The girls also took part in the moulding of the salt to their preference.
The girls will also prepare animal hides; prepare a traditional power (Olukula) by crushing the roots of wild teak trees; and hand carve wooden bowls and cups for drinking traditional sorghum beer.
“The girls will also be prepared to be responsible women in the society as well as child-bearing,” she explained.
The girls will undergo the final process of initiation after the official opening on Friday.
They are from Ombalantu (28), Ongandjera (20), Uukolonkadhi (10), Ombandja (15), Uukwambi (five), and Uukwaluudhi and Ovahimba (one each).
President Hifikepunye Pohamba is expected to officiate at the event on Friday.
The OAF has been hosted at Outapi every year in August under the patronage of Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma since 2012.
The objectives of the festival are to inform, educate, and entertain with a view towards appreciating and enhancing traditional and cultural identity; to create tourism opportunities; to enhance the purpose of unity among people; create awareness within the region through culture, arts and agricultural activities; and to strengthen the local and regional economy.
The entrance fee for adults is N.dollars 10 and children N.dollars 5.
The festival ends on Monday.