The North hosts 'sitting around the fire' event

29 Aug 2014 10:30am
ONGWEDIVA, 29 AUG (NAMPA) – The Etuna Guesthouse and Tours at Ongwediva in the Oshana region hosted a “sitting around the fire” event on the sidelines of the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF).
Cultural groups and tourism agencies participated in the ‘sitting around the fire’ cultural event at the Etuna Lodge’s traditional open site, locally known as Olupale on Wednesday evening.
Traditionally, sitting around the fire at Olupale is an event that allows parents an opportunity to tell their children stories that are meant impart their life’s experiences and expectation, discipline and also serves to nurture children into becoming responsible adults.
A northern youth group called Omulunga Palm Route, which is involved in the promotion of tourism sites in the northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto, was responsible for organising the ‘sitting around the fire’ event.
Retired author Petrus Amakali, local historian Vilho Tshilongo and the director of tourism in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism Sem Shikongo were on hand to tell the stories to the youth.
“Through tourism we hope we can bring back the fire, we can bring back the pride in who we are and what we represent,” Shikongo told all present.
He said people could revive their traditions and rediscover the African way of doing things through traditional events like ‘sitting around the fire’.
Shikongo suggested that the ‘sitting around the fire’ event should be hosted on an annual basis so that the people of Namibia, in their diverse culture and tradition, can come together and share ideas towards the restoration of the African ways of doing things.