An insight into the lives of Aawambo

By Confidente Reporter

NAMIBIAN author Willie Olivier launched a guide book to the northern part of the country titled ‘Discover the Colourful World of Owambo’ at Etosha King Nehale Lodge recently.

Speaking at the launch that took place recently, Olivier shared heartfelt words about his journey through northern Namibia and the inspiration behind the experience while expressing gratitude to those who made it possible.

In a press statement Gondwana public relations officer Inke Stoldt said the Ondonga King, Omukwaniilwa Tatekulu Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo also pointed out the importance and richness of the book to the Aawambo people while appreciating the publisher of the book Gondwana Collection Namibia for their hospitality.

‘Discover the Colourful World of Owambo’ is a comprehensive guide to the North, indispensable to the informed traveller. Studded with jewels of fascinating information, it offers several routes to explore as well as insight on a diverse array of subjects.

The book’s topics range from descriptions of the eight Aawambo communities, annual festivals, traditional dress and diet, including delicacies like mopane worms and bullfrogs, to the Cuvelai drainage system and trees of life, such as the omnipresent makalani palms.

“The routes contain historical snippets about the towns, regions, their traditional leaders and pre-independence clashes, and explorers, traders and missionaries who left their mark. They also include the rich narrative of popular sites like Nakambale – the old Finnish mission station, the Ombalantu Baobab at Outapi, Ruacana Falls, Lake Otjikoto and Etosha National Park,” Stoldt said.

The statement further detailed that, up until now Owambo has been a section of Namibia that has not featured in mainstream tourism.

“This is now changing as the author has used his in- depth knowledge of the area gleaned over three decades of being a journalist in the North to provide a clear and concise introduction to Owambo for all who are ready to make its acquaintance.”

She added that, the book also offers good reading for anyone interested in the Oshiwambo culture and history of the region. “The one-of-a-kind travel guide come handbook will keep you absorbed every time you dip into it with its easy-to-read style and delicious detail.”