Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
OSHIKULU CULTURAL VILLAGE AND LIVING MUSEUM
Explain your idea in details:
There are limited tourism and recreational center that promote cultural heritage in our region. Those that are available are very far from each other and are mainly located beyond the so called Red line. In addition those in the northern part of the country do not cater for school going youth and have little or no information about Namibian cultures hence its costly to some parents to pay for trips that schools normally make for the information that can be made available in the region. Tourism is also limited in this area but we have the resource that can attract tourists/adventures people. Researchers travel to Owela museum in Windhoek which is 700KM away from our region or Swakopmund museum which is 1000KM away from our region in search for information related to the Namibia cultures particularly Oshiwambo Culture. These two museums still do not have sufficient information. Furthermore, culture is dying in the life of our youth today as they spend all their time on social media, in doing other ill activities and imitating trending fashion, new technologies, new way of life while neglecting their own culture and traditions. In addition gone are days when parents use to sit with their children around fire and tell them all about culture and heritage as they are now busy watching Television.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Oshikulu Cultural Village CC is a locally owned business established in 2018, with the restaurant operational with two employees; apart from promoting culture we are also creating employment among youths given the economic situation our country is experiencing now. In addition we will be organizing night gatherings, whereby we will discuss different cultural and heritage issues among youth and elders on Fridays and Saturdays around the fire(ohungi). In this case we will maintain cultural and heritage, we are educating the youth and school going children, reduce crimes in the community and sustain tourism in the world in promoting SDG 18. We want to reduce the number of ill activities youth are being involved now especial drugs and passion killing that is on the rise. Books that we are writing and wrote are educating the youth and school going children and creating a culture of reading among them.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The business would rely on a steady expansion business model starting with small scale; currently the restaurant is operational to generate money for construction of the cultural village. The start-up shall be financed by a combination funds raised from personal contributions, donations, grants. As the profit is generated, the company shall invest back in the business in order to expand our operation. Oshikulu Cultural Village CC will be the first of its kind in Oshikoto region and surrounding regions promoting cultural tourism through a traditional guesthouse, restaurant, museum and a park making it a complete village The business will be promoted on social media like Facebook, Instagram and others, on radio and by distributing pamphlets and we are creating a website. We will also form a partnership with National Heritage Council and Museum Association of Namibia. The museum will be hosting various festivals throughout the year to celebrate various cultural events, food, on the worlds food day and the national heritage week. We will also host various promotions, competitions and reward our visitors. additionally we will add days for the exchange of books, whereby we will tell the communities members to donate books they have about culture to the museum that will be exchanged among one another and at the end of the week they come back again and talk about what they read and this can be done around fire also. Moreover we will also be making documentaries about our culture some video can be uploaded on social media such as Instagram, Facebook and on our YouTube page as youth are addicted to this platform and this is how we can attract them. There will be exhibitions.
Ms. Naemi Likius I was born at Onashikookaya Village on 20 May 1992 in Namibia. I belong to a lower middle class family, I hold a Bachelor (hons) degree in economics and a bachelor degree in economics from Namibia University of Science and Technology, and from childhood I use to go for cultural competitions. I have strong interest in cultural and heritage of which is depleting among the youth in my country and I enjoy writing with my business partner and we have written books in our mother tongue and we are planning to write one about Aawambo culture (our culture) and heritage, I have attended different entrepreneurship workshops. I have strong research background with the use of econometric software hence we are busy carrying research from traditional leaders and elders with the purpose of getting more new information about our cultures and heritage and lastly we have strong understanding of finance and economic performance locally and globally. I have won SME Compete 2nd best pitcher on 15 March 2019.