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 country's dominant ethnicity which makes up the majority of the country's population. The Aawambo people speak the Oshiwambo language (with 7 different dialects). Spread over 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. The people have 5 kingdoms, i.e. Kwangali, Mbunza, Shambyu, Gciriku & Mbukushu.
They herd livestock, grow pearl millet and fishing. They are the best wood carvers in the country and their beautiful woodwork can be seen on display for sale all around the country.
We speak Otjihimba.
The most famous ethnic group in Namibia and we 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 ''express'' marital status, age, social status, wealth and fertility.
We visit the OvaHimba community to interact and possibly take pictures with the locals 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 gathering for survival. They make use of everything that they have gathered- so simply nothing goes to waste!
The people are genuinely kind and are always keen on sharing their culture, skills and experiences.
We speak Damara Nama.
The first thing you say to a Damara Nama speaking person is ''Matisa'', which means ''how are you''?
The women embrace the Nama rok (a dress) with a head piece that compliments the dress and makes it complete.
The Damara Nama speaking people can be found throughout the country but dominantly inhabit the NorthWestern part of Namibia. Donkey meat is delicacy and is much enjoyed.
A country blessed with diversity...
In a country with 14 different regions and over 15 different spoken languages, diversity is abundant. This includes-
In a nutshell, we have evolved as a community of people living in Namibia. We respect and acknowledge our differences whilst maintaining peace amongst ourselves as fellow people of the Republic of Namibia.