Nearly N$900k raised for totem expo

30 April 2019 | Events

A gala dinner held to raise funds for this year's Oshakati Totem Expo on Saturday raised over N$870 000.

The event will take place from 24 May to 1 June at the Oshakati Independence Stadium. Standard Bank Namibia contributed the highest amount of N$100 000, followed by Rani Trading with N$75 000 and Fysal Property Developers and the Oshakati Town Council with N$50 000 each. A portrait of the late Ohamba (king) Mandume yaNdemufayo of Oukwanyama was auctioned off for N$15 000 to businessman Kornelius Ndjoba. Another businessman, Ndilimani Iipumbu bought a portrait of the late Omukwaniilwa Nehale lyaMpingana of Ondonga for N$5 000.

The deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who officiated the gala dinner, bought a portrait of the late Omukwaniilwa (king) Iipumbu yaShilongo of Uukwambi for N$3 500.

Nandi-Ndaitwah urged Namibians to make use of culture for social justice and national development.

“It is said a nation without culture is like a tree without leaves,” she stated before urging individuals and businesses to continue supporting the expo to help preserve culture.

The Oshakati town council has hosted the expo since 2012. It involves commercial activities and a parade of 15 floats showcasing the totems of participating groups' respective regions down Oshakati's main road.

NAMPA

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