The Nambya community in Matabeleland North Province is hopeful that the completion of the Nambya Museum will go a long way in conservation of their rich heritage as well as the promotion of Zimbabwe’s cultural diversity.

The recent 100km sponsored walk from Hwange to Victoria Falls saw many members of the Nambya community taking part.

The walk was meant to raise awareness on the Nambya Museum and to raise funds towards the completion of the project.

The participants, who left Hwange on Friday 2 June, made a stopover in Matetsi and arrived at the Victoria Municipal offices on Saturday afternoon to a rousing welcome from the municipal officials.

Chief Shana of Jambezi pledged one beast towards the project and stressed the need for co-existence, unity of purpose and preservation of the country’s rich history.

Victoria Falls Mayor, Sifiso Mpofu saluted all the participants in the sponsored walk, describing the initiative as a step in the right direction.

Participants in the 100km were each given a certificate of achievement and expressed confidence that the museum will be around for the next 100 years or more.

Meanwhile, a talent identification audition which drew several aspiring actors, script writers and musicians was held at Chinotimba Hall on Saturday.

Spearheaded by the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe, the Community Museums Programme in Zimbabwe started in 2000 as a compliment to other government programmes.

The community museum seeks to empower smaller communities through promotion of its people’s culture and languages.