28 entertainment Friday, February 23, 2018 | NEW ERA LIFESTYLE Continues from page 23 The bride is also adorned with colourful beads, which are also worn by her bridesmaids. A groom wears an ibheshu, which is a covering made from calf skin that he wears instead of pants, or if he decides to wear pants, he wears umbhulaselo, which are pants that are brightly decorated with beads. He completes his wedding attire with a traditional headband. Kikuyu Traditional Wedding A traditional Kikuyu wedding, which is considered as the can be fused with white wedding ceremonies, is called a Ngurario. It concludes the marriage rituals, which includes the ruracio (dowry) negotiations which take place between the couples’ families. Both the bride and groom wear golden/brown lessos that are decorated with beads. Modern brides also wear Ankara or kitenge dresses for a stylish and more modern look. Photo Credit: Antony Trivet Photography Yoruba Traditional Wedding A traditional Yoruba wedding is called an Alaga Ijoko. The the couple’s’ families have met and agreed on their children’s alaga ceremony consists of a gele (a headscarf that is elaborately tied), a buba (blouse) and an iro, which is a large material that’s tied round the bride’s waist and is usually ankle length. The colour of theme her family has chosen and complements the groom’s necklace, beads, bangles and gold earrings. The groom wears an agbada, which is a traditional agbada complements the bride’s theme chosen by his family. Oromo Traditional Wedding Arranged marriage, called Kadhaa or Naqataa in Oromo tradition is the most popular type of marriage, where families negotiate and initiate marriage for their adult children. It is an intricate process where families get to know each other well to ensure that there is no relation between them. On the wedding day, brides and grooms wear traditional wedding attire that is hand-woven from pure cotton and decorated with traditional Oromo prints. The most popular wedding dress for women is the Habesha wedding dress, which is accompanied by Habesha jewelry. Buffalaa- Uffannaa Gaa’elaa is the popular wedding attire for men. Ashanti Traditional Wedding An Ashanti traditional wedding, which follows the Akan customs as the Ashanti are a major ethnic subgroup of the Akan, is a big celebratory ceremony that involves the couple’s’ families. It starts off with the groom and his family going to the bride’s family to ask their daughter’s hand in marriage in a ritual called kookoo ko. The groom and his family also bring gifts for the bride’s family. Once rituals are concluded and the marriage ceremony takes place, the bride and groom wear colour attire made from kente cloth. Accessories that a bride wears include colourful beads and beaded head decorations. 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INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business NWR tops OPM Citizen Satisfaction Survey 2017 Page 18 Accountants and auditors want same priority as medical doctors Edgar Brandt Windhoek The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Namibia (ICAN) has implored the government to give the accounting and auditing professions the same priority as medical doctors, saying that these professionals are the lifeblood of commerce and industry. While it is an arduous process to countant, ICAN is adamant that these professionals are imperative for a strong economy, hence the critical need to build local capacity to produce more Namibian accountants and auditors. In 1995, mostly white males practiced as Chartered Accountants, making up about 90 percent of these professionals in the country. Today, white males make up only 45 percent of registered chartered accountants (CAs) in Namibia and the largest component of new trainees is black females. According to the Chief Executive he is proud of the transformation, which he said is the core agenda of the institute. “Namibia is well-placed but if we want to get to the next level (of economic development) then we have to increase the number of CAs and we have to produce more CAs for the country,” said Du Toit. ICAN is a professional accounting organisation established Koos du Toit in 1990 and only members of the institute may use the Chartered Accountant designation. A CA is the in accounting and auditing, which requires seven to eight years of study. Due to the lengthy study time, ICAN has embarked on a recruitment drive to entice more young Namibians to take up the profession. Some well-known CAs in Namibia include O&L Chairman, Sven Thieme, Standard Bank Namibia MD, Vetumbuavi Mungunda, Nedbank MD, Lionel Matthews and Bank Windhoek MD, Baronice Hans. ing student, Nadir Tjitendero, at the Namibia University of Science and Technology on why he has embarked on the lengthy process of becoming a Chartered Accountant, he said: “There was a programme explained exactly what chartered accounting is and the prestige that comes along with the title. I am also drawn to the fact that CAs can help businesses reach the best decisions and that you are not limited to an helping people and business to succeed.” The number of resident CAs in Namibia has risen from 93 in 1995 to about 600 today. However, the ratio of CA to the population in the country is one CA for every 4,283 people, compared to Mauritius, which has one CA for every 464 the fact that CAs audit 100 percent of Namibian companies and they planning and investment. NEEEF should not be seen as racial – Gaomab II Jeremiah Ndjoze Windhoek Executive Director at the African Development Bank, Mihe Gaomab II, has it that the National Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF) should not be seen as a racially imbalanced developmental manoeuvre by the government, but rather as an agreed upon instrument to effect the nation’s transformative agenda. The former Secretary at the Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC) maintains that the only way to effect the aforementioned transformative agenda is through a gradual, regulatory and distributive transfer of gains. “We should start with NEEEF. As an economy, we can’t continue (in a situation) where few people, both white and black, gain disproportionately compared to the majority of the population,” Gaomab maintained. He stressed that NEEEF offers a possibility, not only to ensure broad-based empowerment of Namibian citizens, but also as an essential tool for economic competitiveness. According to the economist, the past has created economic structures that paved the way for the current injustices. “That’s why I have always been a strong proponent of the NEEEF. Sadly, those that are are opposing it saying it’s ra- Gaomab added. Gaomab, who is based in Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, did not falter from his stance that Africa’s development will never see a revolutionary change as was the case in Latin America or the Arab Spring. “In fact, regime changes (in Africa) do not propel economies forward. Just more economic misery and developmental pain,” the economist maintained, adding that there is too much external interests in Africa due to historical trade, and economic linkages. The draft NEEEF bill has been the source of social out- On duty… Mihe Gaomab II, Executive Director at the African Development Bank says the NEEEF policy should not be left for dead. Photo: Contributed sectors of the Namibian society, since its inception in 2010. The bone of contention is the clause, under the ‘ownership pillar,’ which makes it mandatory for 25 percent interest in all whiteowned businesses to be sold to previously disadvantaged Namibians. Recently the policy was the source of strain at State House during the visit of a European delegation to President Hage Geingob. Tension, reportedly, rose when the visitors hinted that the implementation of the NEEEF would deter Europeans from investing in the country. This while the policy is still under discussion with no implementation date in sight. This reportedly angered the President prompting him to question his visitors – particularly the representative from Germany on what his country had to offer to address historical inequalities emanating from Namibia’s colonial and apartheid past among Namibia’s various racial groups. Meanwhile, New Era has learnt that an inter-ministerial committee was established to review the bill between December 2016 and January 2017. The outcome thereof is yet to be announced. NWR slashes its rates by 75% Staff Reporter Windhoek Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is once again running its 75 percent discount during March, as Namibia celebrates its 28th anniversary. The discount will be running at all its facilities spread across Namibia excluding campsites and the Terrace Bay Resort. Resorts such as Gross Barmen will see a room costing as little as N2.50 per person sharing with Hardap going for as low as N5 per person sharing while an individual can expect to pay N2.50 for a chalet at Popa Falls. NWR is thus urging everyone to make use of these ridiculously low rates as an opportunity to travel, explore and enjoy the serenity of this beautiful country. NWR’s Managing Director, Zelna Hengari, says “running this special has become a tradition during our Independence month. As a company that is mandated to run the tourism facilities within the protected areas of Namibia, we see this special as an opportunity to showcase our beautiful We, therefore, encourage each person to make use of this opportunity and treat their families at such low rates".