Outapi Mayor urges support for Olufuko Festival

14 Jan 2014 11:00am
OUTAPI, 14 JAN (NAMPA) – Outapi Mayor Matheus Ndeshitila says the Olufuko Cultural Festival which was initiated by the town council here in 2012 is an economic booster for the Omusati Region.
Ndeshitila said this whilst speaking to the town’s business personalities on the occasion of a business function held by his council at Outapi last Thursday.
The Outapi Town Council hosted the Olufuko Cultural Festival for the first time in August 2012 and the second time last year.
The festival demonstrates an Oshiwambo tradition where young girls are prepared for womanhood, including marriage, pregnancy and caring for a family.
Although it was highly criticised by a section of the Namibian society and labeled an “un-Christian” practice, the Olufuko Festival attracted hundreds of visitors from across the nation and beyond since its inception.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba and his predecessor Dr Sam Nujoma attended the festival’s official opening in 2012 and last year.
“The Olufuko Festival is our economical booster for the Omusati Region, and of course for you businesspeople it brings direct and indirect benefits,” Ndeshitila told those present.
According to him, the festival benefits the local businesspeople through visitors who buy from their businesses and sleep at their accommodation establishments.
He suggested that local businesspeople always contribute to the hosting of Olufuko Festival in one way or another, if the Outapi Town Council is to continue hosting it successfully.
“Let us prepare for the Olufuko Festival 2014 – the Gala dinner and the event itself,” Ndeshitila urged, adding that the Outapi community needs to ensure that it attracts people of Namibia and beyond in thousands.