Uukwambi to host 2017 Omagongo Festival

26 Apr 2017 12:20pm
ONAMEGA, 26 APR (NAMPA) – The Uukwambi Traditional Authority (UTA) will host the 2017 Omagongo Cultural Festival on 27 May at Chief Herman Ndilimani Iipumbu’s homestead in the Onamega village.
The UTA also hosted the event in 2003, following the first-ever festival hosted by the Ongandjera Traditional Authority in 2001 and then by the Ondonga Traditional Authority in 2002.
The host of the festival is rotated among the eight northern traditional authorities that also include the Uukwaaludhi, Ombalantu, Ombadja, Uukolonkadhi and Oukwanyama.
The Ondonga Traditional Authority hosted it for the second time last year. The festival runs from February to May each year, depending on the harvest of omagongo or traditionally-made maroela juice.
Although at a low profile, Omagongo festivals have been hosted for centuries and were used as an annual platform where elders come together to share ideas and experiences of life while enjoying omagongo.
Speaking to journalists at his homestead in the Omusati Region on Tuesday, Iipumbu said all northern traditional authorities contribute omagongo to the host traditional authority for the festival.
Iipumbu thus invited the community to attend the upcoming festival in large numbers for them to appreciate history and interact with fellow Namibians from different cultural backgrounds.
“Preparations are in full swing to ensure that we host another successful Omagongo Cultural Festival here,” he said.
President Hage Geingob, former President Hifikepunye Pohamba and the Founding Father Sam Nujoma are anticipated also to attend the festival.