The Oxungi Oshiwambo Night was big hit on 09 March 2019 at the Old Location Restaurant in Windhoek. Not only was the attendance great for the event but it was a good platform for the event goers to learn about the Oshiwambo culture and traditional values.
Helena Amweenye, the oraniser of the event shared with Unwrap.online the support for the event was overwhelming. “I was really amazed by how it turned out. It was beyond my team and I’s expectations. When we first had our first meeting where we outlined all out to-do things for our checklist, our target was 100 people but the turn up was way more than that. It was fun because the people enjoyed the games, the serious talks which were made fun, the music was also very entertaining and people sang and danced, also they sang and performed different Oshiwambo cultural songs,” she said.
Amweenye says the food and drinks at the event were sold out. The 30 second game played in the Oshiwambo language was also very popular among the event goers. For Amweenye the highlight of the was the discussion by Dr Petrus Mbenzi who spoke about the Oshiwambo customs and traditional practices. “He shared and reminded us of how to greet when you go to people’s houses, how different ladies sit like the ones who are just starting to give birth, the ones who are done and so on, also how to greet a king, and how the girl-child and boy-child should sit,” she said.
She also added that: “Story sharing was amazing. Okwiitanga as well, the cultural performances were good and the people were happy and one could tell,”.
Amweenye says their social media was active with a lot of people tweeting about the event. Many people on tweeter expressed how they were blown away by the organisation and the flow of the event.
The event saw many goers engage in the owela game, they had traditional foods, drinks and played traditional games.