23 Aug 2014 10:00am
OUTAPI, 23 AUG (NAMPA) - Outapi Mayor Matheus Ndeshitila says the Olufuko Annual Festival (OAF) has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2012, and has transformed the town into a 'centre of culture'.
He said this during the official opening of the 2014 OAF by President Hifikepunye Pohamba at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Friday.
Ndeshitila said the more than N.dollars 1 million raised during the gala dinner held at the town on 12 July 2014 for the successful hosting of this year's OAF demonstrates the growth of the festival.
He said only N.dollars 700 000 was raised for the 2013 edition of the event.
Providing the statistics of the girls who have participated in the OAF initiation since its inception, Ndeshitila said 82 young girls are to undergo initiation this year, compared to 18 and 22 last year and 2012, respectively.
The Outapi mayor told the audience plans are afoot to build an Olufuko Centre at Outapi for future Olufuko festivals to be hosted in a decent venue.
He pointed out that the master plan for the Olufuko Centre is ready, and the Outapi Town Council is now busy soliciting funds for the construction of the centre. N.dollars 100 million is needed for the centres construction.
In his official opening address, Pohamba commended the organisers of the OAF for hosting a bigger event this year.
The Head of State referred to the OAF as a community initiative promoting cultural values, and at the same time he pledged his respect and recognition to the festival.
Girls from the traditional authorities of Ombadja, Ongandjera, Uukwaluudhi, Uukolonkadhi, Uukwambi, Otjikaoko and the host Ombalantu are undergoing initiation during the Olufuko Festival, which prepares them for adult womanhood.
The patron of the OAF and Namibia's founding president, Dr Sam Nujoma also attended the official opening event.