The 2017 Masubia Cultural Festival took place yesterday, 29th July at Bukalo Royal palace in Katima Mulilo, Zambezi region of Namibia. In attendance as guest of honor was the President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Dr. Hage Geingob alongside several local chiefs representing the Mayeyi, Mafwe, Mambukushu and Masubiya tribes of Namibia and Botswana, who were also once a part of the greater Lozi nation of Barotseland.
The Namibian and Botswana Lozi sub groups have been intertwined with their Barotseland counterparts for centuries, and are only separated by artificial political borders.
Accompanying Mulena Inyambo was an entourage of about ninety people, among them indunas, district commissioners and cultural performers from Mwandi, Sesheke and Mulobezi.
Before the Saturday event, HRH Inyambo Yeta signed agreements with his Namibian counterpart, HRH Munitenge Kisko Liswani III of the Subia speaking people, to do with wildlife conservancy that the two are together working on, and also to strengthen the relations of their two peoples.
On Saturday, all roads led to Bukalo, the traditional royal seat of the Munitenge Kisko Liswani III, to celebrate the annual cultural festival at the royal palace in Katima Mulilo of Zambezi (formerly Caprivi) region in Namibia.
The annual cultural event attracted thousands of people, some coming from as far as neighboring Botswana and Barotseland.
People from all walks of life converged to feast on a variety of mouthwatering traditional food and clad in the traditional attire known as ‘musisi’ amidst traditional performances in truly festive fashion.
Other traditional authorities in Caprivi were represented at the event by Chief Joseph Tembwe Mayuni of the Mashi, Bornface Shufu of Mayeyi and some representatives of the Mafwe people from Cinchimane.
Others were traditional authorities of the Mbukushu in Kavango East and Joseph Christian of the Bondelswarts in the Karas Region, with the Namibian president as the distinguished guest of honour.