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Preparations for Omagongo enter final stage

Preparations for Omagongo enter final stage

Placido Hilukilwa
THE Ongandjera Traditional Authority’s preparations for this year’s Omagongo Cultural Festival have entered its final stage with the hosting of the second and last gala dinner in the capital city last week.
The first gala dinner was held at Okahao in the Omusati region on the 30th of March.
According to the chairperson of the preparatory committee, Niilo Taapopi, the total amount collected during the two gala dinners stand at approximately N$500 000.
Additionally, members of the community have contributed more than 2 000 litres of omagongo (a fermented marula juice).
The festival brings people together to socialize and to enjoy omagongo.
This year’s event will take place over two days at King Mupiya’s palace in the Uukwandongo village.
On the 26 th of April there will be a social evening where experts will deliver speeches on customary norms. There will also be performances by traditional dancers and various musicians.
The main event will take place on the 27th. Vice president Nangolo Mbumba will represent President Hage Geingob as the keynote speaker.
Founding President, Dr. Sam Nujoma, who is the patron of the festival, will also deliver a speech.
The festival takes place annually and is hosted by the eight traditional authorities of the Aawambo ethnic group on a rotational basis.
It has now become a national event and is even recognized internationally as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

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