Orlam community holds festival

Orlam community holds festival

THE Orlam community of Vaalgras celebrated their annual traditional festival last weekend.

Hundreds of people flocked to the tiny settlement of Vaalgras to pay tribute to their fallen heroes and ancestors as well as to revive their cultural heritage. Vaalgras is some 80 kilometres northeast of Keetmanshoop.The Minister of Local Government, John Pandeni, in a speech delivered on his behalf by Tourism and Environment Minister Willem Konjore, urged the Vaalgras community to avoid stirring up division.Recently, Orlam Chief Joel Stephanus was forced to call an extraordinary community meeting to ward off threats of disunity among the Orlams, also known as the Nama-Herero community.A group related to former Orlams Chief Jan Apollus charged that the festival had become boring over the years, because some deceased chiefs were being glorified at the expense of others.Vaalgras is some 80 kilometres northeast of Keetmanshoop.The Minister of Local Government, John Pandeni, in a speech delivered on his behalf by Tourism and Environment Minister Willem Konjore, urged the Vaalgras community to avoid stirring up division.Recently, Orlam Chief Joel Stephanus was forced to call an extraordinary community meeting to ward off threats of disunity among the Orlams, also known as the Nama-Herero community.A group related to former Orlams Chief Jan Apollus charged that the festival had become boring over the years, because some deceased chiefs were being glorified at the expense of others.

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