Namibia. Culture. Diverse. Unique.
"The cultural integrity is and will always be embraced, gracefully celebrated and passed on from one generation to the next."
We speak Oshiwambo.
This is the dominant ethnicity that makes up the majority of the country's population. The Aawambo people speak the Oshiwambo language (with 7 different dialects). They are inhabitants of the 4 ''O'' regions- Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omusati & Oshana region of Northern Namibia. All collectively known as Ovamboland.
The Ovaherero people migrated from Northern Africa to what was then known as South West Africa (now Namibia), in the 1500's. They are a brave, proud and richly cultured group of people who speak the Otjiherero language. Cattle herding and ownership is an important part of the Herero culture and heritage.
We speak Rukwangali.
''The people of the river' as we affectionately refer to the AaKavango people of the Kavango (East & West) region in Namibia. They have 5 kingdoms, i.e. Kwangali, Mbunza, Shambyu, Gciriku & Mbukushu.
They herd livestock, grow pearl millet and are involved in fishing. The people are the best wood carvers in the country and their beautiful work can be seen all around the country.
We speak Otjihimba.
These are probably the most famous people from Namibia and we can honestly understand why. The people are rich in culture, they preserve their unique livelihoods and are consistent with the way of life and attire. The different and elaborate hairstyles are used to ''show'' marital status, age, rank within groups, wealth and fertility.
We visit the OvaHimba community to interact and possibly take pictures with them rather than of them.
We speak Khoisan.
This is one of the oldest cultures of the world and special inhabitants of Namibia. The people are locally called ''Boesman'', the people who have mastered the art of hunting and survival in the wild as hunter- gatherers. They make use of everything that they have gathered- so simply nothing goes to waste, literally!
The people are genuinely kind and are always keen on sharing their culture, skills and experiences with people and for that, we applaud the San people.
We speak Damara Nama.
The first thing you say to a Damara Nama speaking person is ''Matisa'', this literally means ''how are you''?
The women embrace the Nama rok (a dress) with a head piece that compliments the dress and makes it ''whole''.
The Damara Nama speaking people can be found throughout the country but dominantly inhabit the NorthWestern part of Namibia. Donkey meat is famously prepared and enjoyed by the Damara Nama people and quite honestly, it taste very good.
A country blessed with diversity...
In a country with 14 different regions and over 15 different spoken languages, diversity is something that we most definitely acknowledge, appreciate and intend on sharing with you, the world.
The above shown ethnicities are typically the iceberg but we (Namibia) have more tribes.
In a nutshell, we have evolved as a community of people living in the same country. We respect and acknowledge our differences whilst maintaining peace amongst ourselves as fellow people of the Republic of Namibia.