We have often heard people talk about things they do not like about their partners and assure themselves that they would change them once they get married. The wise say that no one can change another person, and that God can. The smartest thing anyone can do is to accept a partner the way…

Women gear up for ‘Duku’ tea party

Good food, glamorous outfits, empowering lessons, powerful speakers and engaging conversations will characterise the Ladies High Tea, an all women event slated for Saturday at Area 10’s Plot 474 in Lilongwe. One of the signatures in the dress code is a head wrap, which one of the organisers, Fawzia Osman, says is a way of…

11 models join Lilly Alfonso brand

  Lilly Alfonso (LA) Fashion and Design Company has added 11 more models to its brand to model the company’s garments. The fashion designer says with constant changes in fashion, Lilly Alfonso saw the need to have varying tastes in models to fit various images and looks from the company’s collection of garments. “Fashion changes…

Childhood cancer on the rise

  On November 21 2016, Megga Kandulu’s four-year-old son fell ill and she took her to a health centre. He tested negative for Malaria, but was prescribed injections for three days and Bactrim. Four days later, they returned as he never improved. “He was re-tested for Malaria and full blood count which showed his blood…

UNFPA donates uniforms to Gogo Chatinkha Maternity Wing

Gogo Chatinkha Maternity Care (Chamaca) Support chairperson Frank Taulo has called on nurses and other hospital staff to respect and take care of patients. He made the call on Wednesday when he presented on behalf of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) uniforms and other hospital materials valued at about K5 million to Queen Elizabeth Central…

Help Kate get a kidney transplant

Four-year-old Kate likes to play with her dolls and dressing them up, just like any little girl her age. She is the princess of the Mtewa family living in Lilongwe. She has a beautiful life with her two siblings, a nine-year and six months old; and their single mother Prisca Mtewa. However, what Kate considered…

‘Marriage needs preparation’

Not long after getting married to her Mr Right, Gloria set her sights on the future and that vision included children. But as she drove toward those goals, her life—the good life she already had—was passing her by. Eventually, the two of them knew they could not keep pursuing parenthood. They both knew if they…

Marriam Lally: believing in the neglected and downtrodden

Inspired by her experience with children with Cerebral Palsy and Down’s syndrome she met when younger, Marriam Lally initiated an organisation offering rehabilitation, physiotherapy and nutrition to children with such conditions around Mpemba in Blantyre. She saw the stigma attached to these conditions, which is what motivated her to help. Her vision is to see…

Media equipped in gender laws

Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare says the media can play a crucial role in curbing gender-related problems rocking the country today. Speaking during a daylong training workshop for journalists on gender related laws, the ministry’s principal secretary Mary Shawa noted that countries that have attained gender equality have experienced fast economic growth.…

When the wife earns more

  In a conventional relationship, a man is supposed to be the provider and a protector. The woman is expected to be submissive to her husband. But what happens in a relationship in which the woman earns more than the man? Different views stemmed from random women interviewed. One of them notes that it only…

Tackling youth depression

  “I lost both parents and I have suffered from depression for a long time without realising that it was depression and an illness; but with the Nkhawa Njee radio programme, I managed to pick myself up and I am still at school. I am no longer worried and depressed”. These are the words from…

In a third world country like Malawi, there are a lot of people in need of assistance from the next person. We all walk around, happy and smiley, as if nothing is wrong when in fact, we are fighting so many battles inside. We worry about our relationships; wonder how we are going to provide…

‘Women first before sex workers’

  Memory Mpika (not her real name), 30, lives at Mgona Township in Lilongwe. She is a sex worker who is grateful to Theatre for a Change (TfaC) for making her realise that she is not an outcast, but worthy and with rights. Her father died when she was five and her mother when she…

Bertha mambala: creating jobs with ICT

  Her motivation lies in creating job opportunities. She makes them easily accessible through the Internet while helping employers cut costs during recruitment. When she graduated Chancellor College in 2015, 23-year-old Bertha Mambala joined Myjobo, an established initiative where job seekers and recruiters meet. She envisions a future where the job application process and the…