Namibia’s Vice President Nangolo Mbumba today opened the ninth edition of the Oshakati Totem Expo.

The expo, which opened its gates on 4 December, and will end on 10 December, is an opportunity for residents of Oshakati and others from across to exhibit their products and services.

But the expo also is an occasion to celebrate totems, which are familial identification labels that transcend bloodlines.

In his keynote speech Mbumba commended the Oshakati Town Council “for organising an event of this nature which places special emphasis on the significance of maintaining culture.”

“I thus urge the partners and sponsors of the Oshakati Town Council to continue collaborating with the town in ensuring that this annual event emerges a resounding success every year,” Vice President Mbumba said.

Mbumba added that events “such as these are not merely gatherings; they are powerful catalysts for economic growth, community development, and fostering innovation and maintaining of peace and stability in our cultures.”

The theme for this year’s Oshakati Totem Expo is “Strengthening ties through culture”.

Also present at the official opening of the Oshakati Totem Expo was the Minister of Basic Education, Arts and Culture Mrs Anna Nghipondoka, Chief of Uukwambi Traditional Authority Tatekulu Herman Ndilimani Iipumbu, Oshana Governor Elia Irimari, mayors of Oshakati, Oshikango, Eenhana, and many others.

In the photo: ‘Eeno ohatu nu.’ Vice President Nangolo Mbumba, flanked by Oshana Governor Elia Irimari and Oshakati Mayor Leonard Hango, being served omalovu (traditional brew) at Oshakati Totem Expo.