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The Mbanderu Youth Association of Botswana (MYAB) is gearing up for another grand edition of the Ovambanderu Cultural Festival set to unfold from the 1st to the 2nd of March, in the heart of Sehithwa.
This annual extravaganza aims to reconnect the youth of the Ovambanderu tribe with the rich tapestry of their cultural identity.
Richman Hange, the Publicity Secretary of MYAB, shared in an interview with The Weekender, “Our goal this year is to draw more Ovambanderu youth towards the vibrant core of their cultural heritage. We aim to impart knowledge about our tribal customs in a spirited manner, allowing them to absorb life lessons and uncover the precious gems embedded in our culture.”
Hange passionately elaborated on the necessity of this annual event, emphasising the growing disconnect among the youth and younger generations from their cultural roots. As a proactive measure to safeguard their heritage, MYAB conceived the Ovambanderu Cultural Festival, a lavish showcase of tradition and unity.
Furthermore, Hange highlighted the festival’s commitment to supporting local artists by providing them with a platform to showcase their work, thereby boosting their individual brands and fostering a sense of community pride.
The two-day celebration promises an enriching experience, featuring discussions and presentations by esteemed lecturers from the University of Namibia, offering profound insights into the historical cultural practices of the Ovambanderu people.
On the second day, attendees will immerse themselves in a captivating display of cultural dances and performances by members of the tribe which elaborates a vibrant testament to the tribe’s living heritage.
Expressing optimism, Hange expressed hope for an unprecedented turnout of over 1000 people, attributing the strategic location in Sehithwa as a key factor in providing broader access to the event for the Ovambanderu tribe. This year’s festival is poised to be a beacon of cultural celebration, fostering unity, pride, and a renewed connection to heritage for all attendees.