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In a vibrant display of cultural heritage, students studying Oshiwambo at the University of Namibia held their annual "Oshipe" festival to celebrate the bountiful first harvest of the year.

The time-honoured tradition holds great significance in Oshiwambo culture, with its roots deeply embedded in the customs and rituals of the Aawambo, the largest ethnic group in Namibia.

Aawambo, who originally resided in the northern central part of Namibia and southern Angola, have long relied on crop farming and animal husbandry for their livelihood.

As a part of their comprehensive assessment, fourth-year students of the Oshiwambo class at UNAM showcased various methods and processes of food preparation, shedding light on how Aawambo welcome the new phase of harvest known as "Oshipe".

Dr. Petrus Mbenzi, an Oshiwambo senior lecturer at the university, passionately appealed to the nation to support and embrace not only this festival but also other similar cultural events, emphasising the importance of preserving and promoting their rich heritage.

Representing different Aawambo sub-groups, the participating students underscored the significance of adhering to traditional procedures and honouring the rituals passed down by their ancestors.

Concluding the festival, the students left an indelible impression, showcasing the beauty and resilience of Oshiwambo customs and ensuring that their heritage endures through the passage of time.

 

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Sackie Shikufa