Ovaherero and Ovambanderu gathering at Otjimbingwe next week

06 Jun 2013 08:50
WINDHOEK, 06 JUN (NAMPA) ? Members of the Ovaherero and Ovambanderu communities will next week convene to reflect on the socio-economic and cultural challenges faced by the people of Otjimbingwe in the Erongo Region.
Speaking at a media conference here on Thursday on behalf of the Ovaherero and Ovambanderu traditional leaders, Reverend Karihangana Uanivi said there is a need for the communities to ?remember and revisit? Otjimbingwe this year, 150 years after the historic All-Ovaherero Summit of 1863.
All Ovaherero-speaking communities gathered at Otjimbingwe that year to deliberate on the common threats and challenges they faced, as well as to consider the possible ramifications if they did not act and come up with strategies to address these challenges.
The 150th anniversary of the All-Ovaherero Summit of Otjimbingwe is set to be commemorated at that town from 14 to 16 June, and will be held under the theme 'Otjimbingwe, 150 years after: Remembering, Rediscovering, Reflecting, Reliving, Rededicating'.
?As Namibia is free and independent today, our communities may not have a common political enemy. However, they do have many common challenges, that is why we do not only intend to just remember and revisit Otjimbingwe, but to also reflect on these challenges,? Uanivi said.
He explained that Otjimbingwe was historically the first imperial German capital in then-German South West Africa, and it was also the seat of governance of some of the prominent clans of this community. Here he made particular mention of the Royal House of Zaraeua-Tjipepepa.
Uanivi added that Otjimbingwe is historically known for its pioneering efforts in various endeavours, including being the seat of the first educational centre in the country, the Augustineum Training College, which is now known as Augustineum Secondary School and is situated in Khomasdal in the capital.
?In terms of the economy, besides being a trade nerve centre served by the harbour of Walvis Bay a few hundred kilometres away, the first agricultural centre was also established there. Also in the ecumenical sense, one can recall the Paulineum Theological Seminary, which is now located in the capital,? he noted.
Uanivi then stated that members of all Ovaherero and Ovambanderu-speaking communities will also convene at Okahandja from 11 to 13 June this year to reflect on the socio-economic and cultural issues the communities battle with.