The Red Flag has commemorated 100 years since the reburial of the remains of Chief Samuel Maharero, who died in Botswana in 1923.

The commemoration was held at Okahandja under the theme, ''Celebrate the past, embrace the present, and leverage the foundation for the future generation".

Hundreds of descendants of the OvaHerero flocked to Okahandja in remembrance of the reburial of Chief Samuel Maharero's remains.

Maharero is remembered for succeeding in leading thousands of his people to the British Bechuanaland Protectorate, today known as Botswana.

He remained the leader of the exiled Herero and became an important vassal of Sekgathole a Letsholathebe, a chief in northern Bechuanaland.

He would die there in 1923, and his remains were repatriated to Okahandja five months later, during that same year.

Maharero's remains were buried at the Otjika Tjamuaha holy shrine, which is the burial site of a number of late prominent OvaHerero leaders.

Young people were also encouraged to actively participate in cultural activities and traditional events to familiarise themselves with traditional rituals and practices.



Venessa Ndjitaviua