By Hileni Nembwaya
FOUNDING President, Sam Nujoma has pleaded with the Olufuko festival preparatory committee to set up a museum at the Olufuko Centre in order to conserve a collection of artefacts and other objects of artistic, cultural and historical for public viewing.
Nujoma made these remarks during a fundraising gala dinner for the Olufuko festival held recently.
“In order to strengthen our position we should start to build physical infrastructures that will make Olufuko Centre relevant to the current and future generations. In the same vein, we should improve the Olufuko Centre and add value to it in order to create new job opportunities for our people and fight poverty and hunger,” said Nujoma.
Nujoma also shunned those that are criticising the initiation festival saying that Olufuko is not a pagan festival as some people want the world to believe, adding it is however a rejuvenation that is taking place among the younger generation that enacts and enables them to go back to their roots and discover themselves.
“Those who are striving to colonise the mind of African people will never be happy to see people going back to their roots because they know once people manage to decolonise their mind they will be unstoppable. Indeed, once you break the back of fear, you are no longer scared, intimidated, bowing and scraping as they wanted to teach our people that they are less beautiful, less moral or less intelligent,” he said.
Last year, about 105 girls went through an initiation process at the Olufuko festival.
Nujoma further urged the youth to always respect their elders, and customs and traditions in order to keep them alive.
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