THE olufuko annual cultural festival has attracted 69 girls, who have already registered with the organising committee to undergo initiation during this year's festival.
The 2019 olufuko annual cultural festival is scheduled to take place at Outapi from today until 3 September.
Chief executive officer of Outapi Ananias Nashilongo indicated in a media statement on Monday that 138 institutions and individuals have also registered to sell and showcase their products and services at the event.
"The girls were expected to arrive at the traditional house at the Olufuko Centre on Monday, and leave the house on 28 August," Nashilongo added.
The event attracted about 50 girls/brides and some 200 exhibitors last year.
The patron of the festival and founding president of Namibia, Sam Nujoma, launched this year's event during a fundraising gala dinner at Outapi last month, and will officially open the festival this Friday.
The fundraising dinner event raised more than N$560 000 for the successful hosting of the festival.
Outapi Town Council is hosting the event, now in its eighth year.