Namibian culture impresses in Angola

15 Sep 2016 10:40am
SWAKOPMUND, 15 SEP (NAMPA) – Various aspects of traditional Namibian culture impressed and created interest at a festival in Catete, Angola on Saturday.
Information received on Wednesday from Namibia’s Ambassador to Angola, Grace Uushona indicates that traditional Namibian cuisine, attire, hunting tools and musical performances received a positive response at the FestiNeto International Gastronomy Festival in which the embassy participated to promote Namibian culture.
“Our products were overwhelming and everybody came to our stand. Namibia is now popular. People mostly enjoyed Tafel Lager and Namibian beef,” Uushona told Nampa.
She noted that the embassy participated under the theme ‘Our Culture, Our Products, Our Pride’.
Renowned Namibian chef, Jona Levi prepared Namibian-styled kapana and potjie – a combination of vegetables, tripe, meat and potatoes cooked on an open fire.
Edible produce such as Eembe, Tafel Lager beer, canned fish and various beef products were on display and sold to a variety of international visitors. Hunting tools including bows and arrows were also on display.
Bullet Ya Namibia’s OvaHimba band performed in their traditional attire to entertain and inform festival visitors of some of Namibia’s cultures.
Uushona used the opportunity to thank the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture for sponsoring flight tickets for Bullet Ya Namibia to Luanda on the embassy’s invitation and for contributing to the embassy’s goal of strengthening ties between the two countries.
“We are doing this in pursuance of further deepening the cultural ties between our countries as per the Protocol on culture of 2007 between Namibia and Angola.”
Over 20 countries, mostly those represented in Angola such as Zimbabwe, Cuba, Venezuela, China, Algeria and Russia also participated in the festival.
The patron of the festival, former First Lady of Angola Maria Neto, was also present at the event.