Ovaherero uphold culture

Contrary to popular belief that developments have negatively affected social values, some ethnic groups have ensured that their culture remains intact. Time and practice might have changed over the years but the Ovaherero tribe has remained true to their culture.

The community prides itself with their unique and rich culture, which they have managed to maintain throughout the years.

The Ovahereros are an ethnic group inhabiting parts of Southern Africa with the majority residing in Namibia and some in Botswana and Angola.

Makakung, a tiny village in the Ngamiland recently sprung to life as culture fanatics descended on the normally quiet village to witness the installation of Kgosi Kahaka III.

Ovaherero speaking people from all corners of Botswana and Namibia came in droves to celebrate. Among the dignitaries who graced the historic occasion were the Ovaherero traditional leaders from the royal house including, Vekuii Rukoro from Namibia and some local traditional leaders as well as other dikgosi from Botswana.

Kgosi Kahaka III took over the reigns of power after his father passed on.

To add glamour to the day, which will remain etched in the hearts of the community and well wishers, was a horse parade staged to welcome dignitaries. Ovaherero traditional games and dance were the order of the day and women were graceful in red herero traditional dresses and men clad in brownish military attire.

Their unique attire set them apart from other ethnic groups and they evidently wear it with pride. A village elder, Kikuree Katjimune shared the history, lineage and origins of Ovaherero chieftainship.

He explained that the Ovaherero family from Namibia were the rightful heirs to the throne and that during the German wars a group led by Samuel Maherero fled to Botswana and found Sekgoma at Makakung who welcomed them.

He said history states that Maherero introduced the group and pleaded with Sekgoma to give them refuge and also recognise Kahaka I as headman, which gave birth to Herero ward in Makakung after independence.

He said Batawana respected and worked well with Kgosi Kahaka and was engaged in community activities such as the installation of the late Kgosi Letsholathebe who was the uncle (rangwane) to the current kgosi.

“That is how the chieftainship of the Kahaka family came about and we are proud that the chieftaincy tree had been followed to the latter as we are now inaugurating Kgosi Kahaka III,” he added.

Speakers took turns to praise Ovahereros for staying united and preserving their culture. In particular, Kgosi Puso of Batlokwa also chairperson of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi commended Ovahereros leadership for ensuring their communities understood the definition, role and importance of culture in society. He said culture was an important element in everyone’s life hence the need to preserve it for the next generation.

Kgosi Puso said culture played a big role in moulding and bringing dignity to society.

He regretted that some tribes neglected and undermined their culture. BOPA

Source : BOPA

Author : Esther Mmolai

Location : Maun

Event : Kgosi installation

Date : Sep 07 Thu,2017

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