YaNelumbu lays wreath on yaNdemufayo Monument

07 Feb 2017 19:10pm
OIHOLE, 07 FEB (NAMPA) – Ovakwanyama communities from Namibia and Angola gathered in thousands at Oihole in southern Angola to join Queen of Ovakwanyama, Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu for the laying of a wreath at the King Mandume yaNdemufayo Monument on Monday.
King Mandume yaNdemufayo of Ovakwanyama died at Oihole on 06 February 1917 whilst fighting colonial forces of the Portuguese and British Empire.
Ya Nelumbu’s visit formed part of the centenary commemoration of yaNdemufayo’s death, with the main event held over the weekend at ouhamba (palace) of Ovakwanyama in Omhedi village of northern Namibia.
Accompanied by a powerful delegation of senior traditional leaders and members of the Ovakwanyama community, yaNelumbu laid a wreath at the monument.
Ohangwena Regional Governor, Usko Nghaamwa accompanied yaNelumbu, while Angola’s Minister of Education Pinta Simao also laid a wreath at the monument on behalf of his government.
YaNdemufayo is recognised as a hero in the liberation struggle of both Namibia and Angola for resisting the colonial occupation of the African countries.
A series of traditional dances and singing performances by Ovakwanyama from Angola were held during yaNelumbu’s visit.
The Angolan delegation at the same time held a two-hour conference, where historic information on the conflict between yaNdemufayo and the colonial forces was presented.
Presentations indicated yaNdemufayo was decapitated and the whereabouts of his head remains unknown.
“Let leaders in the Namibian government ask the colonial masters whom they have dethroned to tell us where the head of Mandume (yaNdemufayo) is,” urged one of the Angolan senior traditional leaders, identified only as Tatekulu Kaindume.
YaNelumbu and her delegation returned to Namibia on Monday.