18 December 2012

Angola: Ndongo Kings Memorial Recommended

Malanje — Participants to the first Meeting on the Ndongo Kingdom held Monday in north-western Malanje province, recommended the construction of a memorial for the kindom's sovereigns aimed at dignifying their figures and locating their tombs.

The meeting also recommended a study of the tombs of the kings Ngola Kiluanje, Nginga Mbande, Ngola Kanini and Mbingue a Mbandi, situated in the region of Mukula-a-Ngola, in the municipality of Marimba, province of Malanje, including the elevation of such localities as national historical heritage.

The participants also recommended the official recognition of the figure of Buba Nvula Dala Mana as the current Ndongo king, as well as the restoring of the designation of the king as mwene, as a means of preserving tradition.

The gathering of testimony and credits of the sources on the political, economic, social and military powers of the ngolas, to clarify existing contrasting views about the Ndongo Kingdom was also recommended.

The first Meeting on the Ndongo Kingdom was intended to retrieve cultural aspects of the region.

During the event, the participants discussed such topics as origin and constitution of the Ndongo Kingdom State, the Ndongo State, evolutions and conflicts as well as crisis, disrupting and continuity of the Ndongo to the present days.

The event was attended by representatives of the traditional power, intellectuals, students, Government officials and guests, including natives and friends of Marimba municipality and other regions of the country.

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