Nujoma urges youth to produce Omagongo for international market

28 Apr 2019 13:40pm
UUKWANDONGO, 28 APR (NAMPA) – Founding President and patron of the Omagongo Cultural Festival, Sam Nujoma has encouraged Namibian youth to market omagongo (marula) and its by-products outside Namibia.
Speaking at the 2019 Omagongo Cultural Festival at the Ongandjera Traditional Authority homestead in the Omusati Region on Saturday, Nujoma said this would have a significant impact on socio-economic conditions in Namibia’s rural areas.
“To do this, we must commit ourselves to plant more marula trees, not only to ensure continuity, but also to have more trees on a larger scale to produce more omagongo,” he said.
He further said a nation without culture is like a tree without roots and encouraged traditional leaders to continue promoting cultural heritage and instilling the norms and values of culture in the youth to strengthen the nation.
The retired former president described platforms such as the Omagongo Cultural Festival as celebrating the country’s cultural diversity and having the potential to contribute to strengthening unity.
“It is precisely against this background that I encourage the elders to continue to teach our youth to appreciate marula trees so that they grow up preserving this proud heritage,” stated Nujoma.
Speaking at the same event, Vice President Nangolo Mbumba commended the Council of Traditional Leaders for recommending that the festival be hosted among the eight Aawambo traditional communities every year on a rotation basis.
Ten women from different northern traditional communities received certificates of recognition and N.dollars 1 500 each for their production of pots of omagongo for the festival.
Traditionally, the festival runs from February to May depending to the harvesting of omagongo, or the marula fruit.