Influx of people excite exhibitors at Okakarara trade fair

07 Sep 2019 19:00pm
OKAKARARA, 07 SEP (NAMPA) – The influx of people into the Okakarara Trade Fair Centre this year has ignited excitement from the exhibitors who are taking part.
Several exhibitors on Friday told Nampa that the turnout of visitors to their stalls throughout the week has been overwhelming.
Okakarara Trade Fair Society chief administrator, Golden Katjatako said a total 98 exhibitors are participating in this year’s 13th edition, compared to the 2018 fair which had 87 stalls.
Katjatako said the event which ends on Sunday was expected to attract over 10 000 visitors.
A clothing manufacturer from Zimbabwe, Chumas Muchingami said this is his fourth year attending the fair.
“This year the business is really good, because about 200 to 300 people a day are showing up and some buying from our clothes,” he said.
Muchingami who has a stall inside the Chief Kuaima Riruako Hall, promised to also return in 2020 to the Okakarara trade fair.
A carpentry exhibitor from Okondjatu, Manson Nguzerua on his part said nearly 2 000 business cards by Friday had been circulated to people since Monday.
More people interested to order or repair their broken wooden furniture have been here, he said.
Nguzerua said since 2015 he has been attending the fair, but the 2019 one brought prospective people interested to do real business with him even after the event.
“This year people are asking me genuine questions and that is the main reason for my coming,” he said.
Another thrilled exhibitor was a car sales executive, Gerry Tjiuongua, who brought different new model cars for exhibition, issuing quotations and selling them.
“Our stand is really attracting attention,” he said.
The Okakarara Annual Trade Fair was on Friday officially opened by its patron and Vice President Nangolo Mbumba who expressed satisfaction with the growth of the fair, by saying the fair has become the best organised and well attended in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Mbumba classified the Okakarara trade fair as being the third best organised event after the Windhoek and Ongwediva shows.