‘I cheated on my wife and caused hell’

Shortly after Maulana Bwanali joined Shyreen Benson in holy matrimony three years ago, he found a girlfriend. Three is a crowd, so the saying goes and Bwanali, who comes from John Wasili Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Amidu in Balaka confesses that the girlfriend caused a lot of problems in his marriage. “I carried my phone…

Setting women on the road to independence

Feennet is an organisation that forms a network of women willing to step out of their comfort zone to accomplish something. The organisation has since its establishment last year trained over 500 women in various skills. Feennet- Female Entrepreneurs Network founder Catherine Mlenga says they work with women that want to turn their skills and…

Disclosing HIV status to a partner

Months into her relationship, Gladys Nthaka, 30, decided to disclose her HIV status. She was HIV positive and on anti-retroviral therapy. Her partner pledged to be with her regardless and was very supportive. However, three years into the relationship, he seemed unwilling to commit. He said nothing about their future as a couple and she…

Going beyond first chances

Teaching at Zaone Primary School in Chiradzulu, Elizabeth Kenala, 41, could not help, but notice her colleague’s progress in her career. Her colleague, who she met during training at Blantyre Teachers Training College (BTTC), had gone back to school and passed with flying colours. When a call for special needs education training came, her friend…

A wedding is one of the most anticipated events in everyone’s life – a significant occasion where two people unite and become one in the eyes of God. As much as ceremonies and traditions differ from one culture to another, nearly all weddings are basically the same. The ceremonies can be simple, but often for…

Tumeliwa Mphepo: Founder of Front Seat

People describe her as somebody who has tapped into a reservoir of emotional capacity. She found strength to rebuild herself as a woman with albinism and  now fights for the rights of others living with albinism. Tumeliwa Mphepo, 22, with her soft spoken demeanour can mislead some who listen to  her for the first time.…

Female engineers want more girls in their field

In a drive to coax more girls into engineering, Women in Engineering (WomEng) plans to date girls in various secondary schools. Chairperson for the women’s chapter of the Malawi Institute of Engineers Susan Mponda said the initiative is meant to scrap-off negative perceptions girls have towards engineering as a course. Mponda spoke recently at St.…

Sporting for Cerebral Palsy children

Various companies, organisations and individuals came together at Malawi College of Medicine recently for a special sports day organised by Wumi Wumo Foundation to raise awareness of cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy, a condition that affects the part of the brain that controls muscle movements, affects a lot of children in the country as a result…

‘MCs should be more sensitive’

In order to raise a lot of money at events such as bridal showers, engagement ceremonies, weddings and send-offs, some directors of ceremonies have become insensitive in coercing people to give more. Generally, a master of ceremony (MC) is paid 10 percent of whatever is raised during an event, hence, will strive to raise as…

Hara’s channel to safe motherhood

Working as a nurse and midwife, Wilned Hara felt there was a big knowledge gap on safe motherhood in the country. He has since published a book, Family Guide to Safe Motherhood to bridge that gap. “Every day I see women struggling with preventable maternity problems. Women and newborn babies die from treatable conditions if…

Breast cancer on the rise in Malawi

As the world unites for breast cancer awareness this month, Malawi, too, shares its troubles concerning the disease. Dr Briony Acroyed-Parken, a breast cancer surgeon from the United Kingdom says Malawi’s biggest challenge is the lack of a coordinated breast care service. “We are seeing probably about a hundred or so new cases each in…