Nujoma officially opens 2019 Olufuko Festival

Founding President has called on traditional authorities in Namibia to celebrate cultural festivals such as Olufuko, Omagongo, Oshipe and others without fear, saying it is guaranteed in Article 19 of the Namibian Constitution.

Nujoma made the call whilst officially opening the 2019 Olufuko Annual Cultural Festival at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Friday.

Article 19 of the Namibian Constitution, under chapter 3 on fundamental human rights and freedom, provides for every Namibian to enjoy, practise, profess, maintain and promote his or her culture, language, tradition or religious, noted the retired Namibian head of state.

Nujoma, who is also the patron of the festival, believes Olufuko demonstrates consistency and growth for being hosted for the 8th this year and as such commended the host Outapi Town Council and its preparatory committee for continuing with the event each year.

He at the same time urged the girls partaking in the festival's initiation to finish their education, adding that Olufuko is only to help them to become responsible citizens who are aware of their cultural norms and values.

Nujoma told those present that the nation is mindful that the youth are future leaders and have to be educated in order to become professionals such as engineers, medical doctors, scientists, pilots, lawyers, teachers, agriculturalists and geologists.

Speaking at the same event, Minister in the Presidency and Acting Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Martin Andjaba said promotion and preservation of culture and tradition through events like Olufuko is important for a nation.

It is through events like this, that we are informed about where we came from and who we are, Andjaba cited, adding that Namibia, as a nation thriving on and drawing strength from its rich cultural diversity, it is important that citizens maintain their culture and traditions that define them as Namibian people.

The Minister pointed out that cultures and traditions within a diverse communities of the country give them the Namibian identities.

The 2019 Olufuko event kicked off on Wednesday and runs until 01 September. A total of 63 girls from different traditional authorities of the Omusati Region are to be initiated during the event, and they not 69 as announced earlier by the office of the chief executive officer of Outapi, Ananias Nashilongo.

Source: Namibia Press Agency