Oshakati – Namibian Vice President Nangolo Mbumba stressed the significance of cultural identity and the importance of knowing one’s totem at the ninth edition of the Oshakati Totem Expo, held at the Oshakati Independence Stadium on Wednesday.
According to Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA), understanding one’s totem is vital as it provides a sense of belonging within African communities. He highlighted that Namibia’s strength lies in its diverse cultures, which contribute to harmonious coexistence. “Events like the Oshakati Totem Expo are more than mere gatherings; they serve as catalysts for economic growth, community development, innovation, and maintaining peace and stability in our cultures,” Mbumba said. The expo not only celebrates cultural heritages but also stimulates local economies through various services like accommodation, catering, and transportation, encouraging new business ventures and job creation.
Oshana Governor Elia Irimari noted the expo’s unique approach in restoring cultural identity through the promotion of totems, providing a platform for sharing cultural heritages and for businesses to market their products and services. Professor Petrus Benzi launched a totem booklet at the event, detailing various cultural clans in Namibia, to help Namibians understand their identity. The theme for this year’s expo is ‘Strengthening ties through culture’.