King Mandume immortalised

By Andreas Thomas

Windhoek – Mamokobo Video & Research and the pan-African non-governmental organisation, AfricAvenir, have released a special edition of a film about King Madume ya Ndemufayo (1894-1917).

Ya Ndemufayo was the Oukwanyama monarch who defied colonial forces in northern Namibia at the beginning of the 19th century.

The film titled “The Power Stone: The story of King Mandume and the Kwanyama Kingdom” remembers and honours the young king who resisted the encroachment of Portuguese, British and South African imperialists into his kingdom that presently straddle northern Namibia and southern Angola.

Mandume, who was the king of Ovakwanyama (one of eight sub-groups of Aawambo people) from 1911 until February 6 in 1917, committed suicide after he was wounded during a battle against the South Africa and Portuguese colonial forces.

The release of the DVD coincides with the centenary celebration of the young monarch, with festivities organised by the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority at Queen Martha Mwadinomho Kristian Nelumbu’s palace at Omhedi from February 3 to 6.

Another festival will take place at Oihole, the former seat of King Mandume in Southern Angola.

Head of State Dr Hage Geingob and his predecessor Hifikepunye Pohamba as well as founding president Sam Nujoma are among the invited dignitaries.

“This true story follows the journey of a sacred stone belonging to the Kwanyama people of northern Namibia and southern Angola. Passed down from generation to generation, this sacred power stone has remained at the centre of the Kwanyama Kingdom, until the last Kwanyama king, Mandume, was killed in 1917.

“After the king’s death, the stone disappeared,” Hans-Christian Mahnke of AfricAvenir Windhoek said.

“This documentary takes us on a quest to find the power stone. Part One: “When We Were Kings” traces the stone’s migration through precolonial Africa and witnesses the rise and fall of the Kwanyama kingdom”.

The film is also going to be screened as part of the first Oshana Film Festival at Oshakati, Ongwediva, and Ondangwa from March 17-22. 

Meanwhile, a copy of the DVD is available at Out of Africa – Hosea Kutako International Airport duty free zone, National Arts Gallery of Namibia, Klein Aus Vista Lodge, Maerua SuperSpar, AfricAvenir Windhoek, Craft Centre Bookshop Windhoek, Swakop Buchhandlung, and recently added Querida’s Engen Ongwediva.

February 2017
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