Oshakati town’s Totem Expo will be back this year after a break of three years as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year’s totem exposition will take place in the first week of December, marking the return of the cultural exposition of totems (clans) in a modernizing and globalizing society of Namibia.

The Chief of Uukwambi Traditional Authority Tatekulu Herman Ndilimani Iipumbu who gave the overview of the totems of northern Namibia said that when the Bantu people travelled from the lakes regions of central Africa, as from afar as Egypt and the land of the Biblical Jacob, on their way southwards they came with their totems.

“It’s from Jacob and Egypt and Ethiopia where the totems came although they have different words there for their totems,” Tatekulu Iipumbu said.

This year’s expo will be held at Oshakati Independence Stadium, under the theme ‘Strengthening ties through culture’, where businesses, corporates and individuals will have a platform to showcase their products and services.

Oshakati Mayor Mr Leonard Hango stated that this year’s expo will be bigger. “After three years of not hosting the expo due to Covid-19, we have revived the Totem Expo and elevated it to bigger heights,” Hango said.

“We are optimistic that this year’s event will be one of the best. And some of the activities for this year’s expo are such as the Miss Totem and the Boxing Bonanza and others which will make the expo lively and entertaining as well.”

In the photo: Oshakati Mayor Leonard Hango and Uukwambi Chief Tatekulu Herman Iipumbu showing off the symbol of the hyena totem in Oshakati today.