07 May 2018 09:50am
TSANDI, 07 MAY (NAMPA) Omukwaniilwa Josia Shikongo Taapopi of the Uukwaluudhi Traditional Authority on Saturday officially announced that his authority will host the 2018 Omagongo Cultural Festival on 26 May and invited all Namibians to attend.
Taapopi was speaking during the festivals fundraising function held at the authoritys Tsandi Community Hall. The event collected more than N.dollars 200 000 in pledges and cash for the successful hosting of the festival.
The festival will take place at the Uukwaluudhi Royal Homestead at Onalushwa village in the Omusati Regions Tsandi Constituency.
The Omagongo festival is where all eight Aawambo communities celebrate the new dawn of the season in the marula fruits (omagongo) production.
Main speaker of the fundraiser, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Ester Anna Nghipondoka said the celebration of the Omagongo Cultural Festival (Oshituthi shOmagongo) was separately held by each Aawambo community until in 2011.
The Council of Traditional Authorities (in Namibia) combined the celebration into one unified festival that would then be hosted on a rotational basis by each of the eight Aawambo communities, Nghipondoka cited.
She said the unification of the festivities by the Aawambo communities does not only show tolerance that people of Namibia have amongst themselves, but also represents the extent at which a cultural aspect can unite the nation.
Nghipondoka went on to say the significance of the Omagongo event is not confined to Aawambo communities alone.
Testimony to this is its inscription onto the World Intangible Cultural Heritage list by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2015, in accordance with the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, she noted.
Nghipondoka added that the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted in 2003 at its 32nd session held at Paris in France.
To date, the Omagongo festival is the only Intangible Cultural Heritage element in Namibia that is inscribed onto the esteemed list.
Aixan /gona/ob #anstsi //khasigu (ancestral musical sound knowledge and skills) and Okuruuo (holy fire), Nghipondoka said, are the other two elements envisaged to be enlisted in the near future.