Chakwera’s revolting job

He was second best to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate, President Peter Mutharika, in the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections. This sealed his place as Leader of Opposition in Parliament. Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera faces a daunting task to fill the boots left by John Tembo whom many revere as an enlightened…

Chanco mourns former lecturer

A former academician and writer Landeg White who taught at the University of Malawi’s (Unima) Chancellor College, died on Monday December 5 in Portugal where he had retired. White joined Unima as a lecturer in the English Department in 1969. He taught English until his deportation back home in the 1970s. A lecturer from Chancellor College’s…

Watipa’s golden heart

  She plays the role a prostitute in a movie Road to sunrise by Shemu Joyah. For that, she is a symbol of moral decadence looking at her through the prism of the conservative Malawian society. Even her male clients seeking her pleasure under the cover of darkness loathe her. They cannot associate with her…

Stephanos hands over ECD centres in BT Rural

  Stephanos Foundation has handed over three early childhood development (ECD) centres to three villages in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kuntaja in Blantyre. Speaking at a handover ceremony in Mponda Village in group village head Mulima on Friday, Senior Chief Kuntaja hailed Stephanos Foundation for the centres of Mponda, Zakazaka and Chilaka. He said the centres…

Slums prone to disasters

  Disasters are no longer a rural phenomenon. Frequent floods, landslides and hailstorms in cities confirm urban localities are not exempted. The worst-hit settlements are slum towns, home to almost 2.5 million Malawians escaping poverty in rural areas live. On January 3 2015, James Chinthenga, 46, witnessed the fall of his mud house as torrents…

Rise of bursting slums

  In Lower BCA in Blantyre, we saw how slums are mushrooming in the country. From the clustered, low-lying settlement in the southeastern slopes of Blantyre, thousands of low-income city dwellers  look  uphill at a low-density location dominated with mansions, electric fences and paved roads. Such is the opulence of BCA Hill, whose residents include…

MacBean, Thole launch children’s songbook

  Etiny Thole and music teacher Ruth MacBean launched a songbook which has the potential to teach children to read and write music as they grow up. The two unveiled Ananu Ziimbani—a collection of numbers from Hymns for Malawi, Nyimbo za Mulungu and Sumu za Ukhristu—in Blantyre on Sunday. The hymns were originally written in…

Step in the name of Lupanda

It is Friday afternoon here at Namuthakoni Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mpama in Chiradzulu District. Assembled a few metres from an earth road are journalists from different media houses in the country. They are here courtesy of World Vision Malawi. Their mission is to see how the villagers prepare nutritious food using locally found ingredients…

Entertaining and informing

Television is an integral part of arts and entertainment in the modern day. With advances, television has become more than just entertainment. It is used to educate, inform and raise awareness of matters of public interest. It is also an effective tool for cultural preservation. In Malawi, a number of television service providers have sprouted…

Ending early marriages in Mulanje

Fifteen-year-old Bonisa Seyani, a Standard 5 learner at Monjole Primary School in group village head (GVH) Nsikita, Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema in Mulanje is  back  at school after spending over a year in marriage. The girl, who hails from Malunda Village, just five kilometres away from Mozambique border, says her marriage ended because of abuse…

Taking Madiba impresses fans

  A two-member cast play titled Taking Madiba by Dikamawoko Arts Troupe impressed fans last Saturday at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre with its brilliant story-line. In the play, Taonga Nkhonjera acted as Death while Constance Thyangathyanga was the Creator. What excited the audience was the clever mixture of scenes that ranged from social…

Green Belt Initiative: What has gone wrong?

Since the inception of Green Belt Initiative (GBI) nine years ago, there have been some stumbling blocks that have threatened its survival and success. According to the first national coordinator, Professor Kanyama Phiri, the initiative’s stumbling block has been land acquisition for the irrigation projects and schemes among many others. “The land to be used…

The lure of Pamajiga

There are a lot of radio plays, series and soap operas aired on our local radio stations that have excited listeners for many years. One of them is Pamajiga radio soap opera that is aired on Malawi Broadcasting Station (MBC). It continues to excite listeners every working day from 5:45 to 6:00 in the morning.…

Neno’s partner in health

When former president Bakili Muluzi split Neno from Mwanza in 2001, health facilities in the new district were few and far apart. Actually, some people in Neno, whose population is almost107 000, used to walk long distances to seek treatment at Mwanza District Hospital. The hilly district—which is only reached via bumpy, earth roads—had ancient…

Partners In Health  hands over 16 houses

  Partners In Health (PIH) on Thursday handed over 16 houses to people of Kayingirira Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Dambe in Neno District whose houses were destroyed by fire in September 2015. Speaking when he received the houses on behalf of the communities, Neno district commissioner (DC) Ali Phiri commended PIH for the initiative.…

Promoting tourism, culture through art

This week our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA had a conversation with Mike Chilemba, Visual Arts Association of Malawi (Vaam) president on various matters affecting visual arts in the country.  Q : What are the areas that visual arts cover? A : The visual arts are art forms such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts,…

No female teacher in sight

  Rhoda Moses, 12, has never been taught by a female teacher. She is in Standard Five  at Thundu Primary School in Mulanje, which has 12 male teachers. Here, Esther Rocki and Asiyileni Mukhomo were briefly taught by an open-distance learning (ODL) student on teaching practice. “When I hear about schools that have female teachers,…

Whither vernacular fiction

Once upon a time there were prolific writers in vernacular fiction in Malawi, but now all what is remaining are fond memories of that distant past. That time, literature in Malawian languages was celebrated through works of poetry, fiction, folktales and plays. Writers such as Josiah Nthala, John W Gwengwe, Jolly Ntaba, Willy Zingani, Whytone…

Miss Malawi hypes Africa Day

MultiChoice Africa yesterday joined the rest of the world in celebrating Africa Day which celebrates African success and diversity as well as its struggles and to highlight the cultural and economic potential. As part of the celebrations, MultiChoice officials paid a surprise visit to Nation Publications Limited (NPL) head office in Blantyre, along with Miss…