Pohamba and Nujoma to attend 2013 Olufuko Festival

22 Aug 2013 08:10
OUTAPI, 22 AUG (NAMPA) - The second edition of the annual Olufuko Festival of the Outapi Town Council will commence its activities here on Saturday, and end on 31 August.
The official opening of the 2013 Annual Olufuko Festival will be held on Monday at its usual venue, the Olufuko Centre at Outapi in the Omusati Region.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Outapi Town Council, Fillipus Shililifa told Nampa on Thursday the official opening of the festival will once again be attended by President Hifikepunye Pohamba and founding President Sam Nujoma - the patron of the Olufuko Festival.
“The 2012 Olufuko Festival was hailed as a success as seen from the 260 exhibitors and 8 577 visitors,” Shililifa noted.
He explained that the festival was introduced to celebrate Namibia's diminishing traditional norms and practices, and sees girls go through an initiation ceremony which prepares them for adulthood.
The 2013 Olufuko Festival activities were preceded by a gala dinner held here on 27 July.
The gala dinner, where Nujoma officiated, raised over N.dollars 751 000 towards the expenses for the festival.
“The public will have an opportunity to watch and experience a demonstration of traditional chores, as well as girls performing traditional chores under the watchful eyes of an elderly woman known as Namunganga,” Shililifa pointed out.
He added that the festival, which is aimed at promoting culture and tradition, will be dominated by cultural activities such as traditional food, traditional performances and sports games.
The 2013 Olufuko Festival is anticipated to attract thousands of people.