CULTURE CONTRIBUTING TO ECONOMY – STANBIC
Nc’wala is an annual thanksgiving festival of the Ngoni held every February to celebrate the first harvest.This year’s ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 24 at Mtenguleni squire under the theme ‘Ubuntu’, – a bantu term with origins in humanist philosophy often used in a context of promoting unity among different social groups. Senior Chief Madzimawe says the theme was created to send a message of unity through the ceremony. “You may differ in one way or another, but the bottom line is that we are one.” He said it was important for all Zambians to live in the spirit of oneness and co-existence above all else.
Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Hon. Ronald Chitotela said “The Nc’wala Traditional Ceremony is a very exciting festival that no one can afford to miss. “It is a ceremony with a very rich history because the Ngoni are descended from the Zulu who were ruled by the great warrior Shaka.” “The Ngoni have a strong militaristic background yet surprisingly, they are also one of the most accommodating and respectful people. They are known for practising and embracing the theory of Ubuntu – which is the designated theme for this year’s ceremony.”
Hon Chitotela said that government attached great importance to the role of traditional ceremonies in preservation of cultural values and norms adding that they are useful platforms for the expression and advancement of our traditional values and customs. He noted that values are the glue that bind people together and that it was for that reason that government continues to provide an enabling environment for the hosting of traditional ceremonies through supportive policies and laws.
In handing over the cheque, Stanbic Bank Zambia CEO Leina Gabaraane said traditional ceremonies like Nc’wala symbolised something that the bank values – preservation of culture. “Culture is something that brings us together, it defines who we are. We at Stanbic Bank recognise culture to be more than just a heritage, we view it from the light of the important role it plays in our society.”
He said that the bank valued culture because, among other reasons, it had evolved to become a contributor to the economy and still carried a huge potential to contribute even more to the national treasury as well as reduce unemployment. “Culture is something that we hold very dear to our heart and it is for this reason that we, as a bank will continue to play a critical role in helping the organising committee successfully hold the Nc’wala Ceremony and we’ll continue to increase our commitment in sponsorship of the event this year and for many more years to come because we want to see culture as a legacy continue to grow.”
The fundraising dinner was graced by Paramount Chief Mezeni of the Ngoni, Paramount Chief of the Bemba, Mwine Lubemba Chiti Mukulu Chitampakwa, Senior Chief Madzimawe and many other traditional leaders and government officials.