Tribalism shunned at NUST Cultural Festival

During the past week, scores of people from within and beyond the campus community flocked to NUST to celebrate the annual Cultural Festival. At the official opening, the speakers encouraged the attendants to view the festival as a platform that helps students and staff from various backgrounds to cherish, honour and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens the University community.

The theme for this year is “Embracing Cultural Heritage in the Morden Days,” and the idea behind this theme is to encourage people to appreciate their unique traditions whilst at the same time keeping abreast with technological advances.

Honourable Clara Bohithile, the Chairperson of the FNB Namibia Foundation Trust, delivered the keynote address.

“Over the past few months we have been reading in the print and on social media, how tribal tendencies are boiling over in our political, economic and social conversations. As a former teacher, I taught many young people from different upbringings and ethnic backgrounds, and in my eyes, we are all just a Namibian melting pot and one people,” Bohithile said.

FNB Namibia has been the main sponsor of the Cultural Festival for several years and this year it made a sponsorship of N$75 000.
“This event has been passed on from generation to generation, from the Polytechnic of Namibia to NUST students. The Festival should not become static but should remain a roller-coaster of beautiful events over time,” said Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor.

The week was packed with many activities from wine tasting, showcasing of international cuisine and a flea market.
The event is one of the biggest happenings on the Institutional Calendar and it will be concluded tonight with the crowing of Mr and Miss NUST.

Date: 
Friday, August 11, 2017
for Month: 
August, 2017

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