Exhibitors unhappy with scheduling of Olufuko and OATF

26 Aug 2014 12:30pm
OUTAPI, 26 AUG (NAMPA) – Some of the Exhibitors at the Olufuko Annual Festival (OAF) were unhappy that the festival was running concurrently with the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF), where they also wanted to showcase their products.
The OAF was held from 20 to 25 August while the OATF started on 22 August and will be going on until 30 August 2014.
Exhibitor of traditional attires, Lea Angala-Amadhila told Nampa on Monday that the simultaneous hosting of such events is denying them an opportunity to showcase their products outside the Omusati Region.
She called on the Outapi and Ongwediva town councils to work together and avoid organising the two important events at the same time in future.
“They should consider us, as their main clients. Without us they would not receive visitors at these events. We want to market our products at both these events,” she said.
Angala-Amadhila however applauded the organisers of the festival for providing them with an opportunity to market their products.
Vicky Aindongo who has been selling Swapo Party promotional items like T-shirts, caps, notebooks and watches, said the visitors were supportive in buying the products.
Aindongo said this years’ festival was well organised and accommodated more exhibitors, compared to last year’s event.
Another exhibitor, who did not want to be named, expressed great happiness after she managed to sell all her traditional baskets and clay pots at the festival.
“I am happy to sell all my 30 baskets and 10 clay pots during this festival. But I wish this festival and the OATF can be slated at different times so that we can also take part in the trade fair,” she said.
Over 300 exhibitors showcased their products and services during the third edition of the Olufuko Annual Festival (OAF).
The exhibitors included major corporate entities as well as small businesses selling clothing, textiles, food, beverages and ornaments.
The objective of the festival is to inform, educate and entertain people with a view towards appreciating and enhancing traditional and cultural identities; to create tourism opportunities; to enhance the purpose of unity amongst people; create awareness within the region through culture, arts and agricultural activities; and to strengthen the local and regional economy.