Ongandjera Tradional Authority ready to host Omagongo Cultural Festival

18 Apr 2019 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 18 APR (NAMPA) - The Ongandjera Traditional Authority will host the 2019 Omagongo Cultural Festival at Uukwandongo village in the Omusati Region on 27 April.
The event will take place at the homestead of Ongandjera king Johannes Mupongolitha ya Jafet Mupiya.
The festival is celebrated annually on a rotation basis by the eight Aawambo communities - Oukwanyama, Ondonga, Uukwaluudhi, Uukwambi, Ongandjera, Ombalantu, Uukolonkadhi and Ombadja.
The Ongandjera Traditional Authority hosted the event for the first time in 2001.
Traditionally, this festival runs from February to May depending to the harvesting of omagongo, or the marula fruit.
The annual festival sees elders come together and discuss how they can solve traditional disputes amongst their communities in an amicable manner.
During the festival, no man is allowed to carry dangerous weapons.
David Igonda, one of the organisers of the event, told Nampa on Wednesday preparations are in full swing.
“We want to ensure that we host a successful Omagongo festival,” he said.
President Hage Geingob and former Presidents Hifikepunye Pohamba and Sam Nujoma are expected to attend the festival.
Last year's Omagongo Cultural Festival was hosted by the Uukwaluudhi Traditional Authority at the village of Tsandi, also in the Omusati Region.