Shopping for sanitary towels causes such a stir in our supermarkets. Many women almost hide the ‘stuff’ under other items in a shopping basket away from the view of prying eyes. I have personally experienced the gazes which follow you right to the shelves, all the way down other aisles right to the till. The…

Distance not a barrier to skills attainment

The deep blue-coloured building with two doors facing the dusty road, Ntambanyama in Njovu Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Khwethemule, is the hustle and bustle of activities with men and women seen entering, leaving or going all around it. Resembling a rural grocery store structure, the building is unkempt.  Debris is evident on the verandah and…

Economic turnaround for rural Ntambanyama

When 25-year-old Christopher Maliro enrolled for a carpentry and joinery course at Ntambanyama Community Skills and Development Centre in Thyolo, he embarked on a journey that would change his life and that of his small family. Now the proud owner of a carpentry and joinery workshop in Njovu village,  Traditional Authority (T/A) Khwethemule— Maliro—a first…

“I shall continue having children until all of them are out of my waist,” I heard one woman say. And for a long time, women have believed and still believe that their loins contain the babies they eventually bear. Hence, they will have as many children as when the loins ‘dry’ up and stop giving…

There is this mobile number making rounds on WhatsApp. One only has to get a message from a contact which reads’ “Save this number to see the profile picture.” Once saved, the atrocity that follows is beyond description. The entire modest of a woman is laid bare before the eyes of any viewer privy to…

February is the love month all because of Valentine’s Day. I know many are already anticipating the day, wondering what their loved ones will do for them. It is normal I guess, but a word of caution; do not count the chicks before they hatch lest you be disappointed. Nonetheless, the love is already filled…

  This week, I received tremendous feedback based on my recent note about the overdressing of babies. I have decided to re-publish it for the sake of those who might have missed it. The joys of parenthood come in different forms and the art of the financial preparation for that unborn baby cannot be overemphasised. …

The other day I talked about evident ‘corruption or favouritism during shopping. Shop attendants are at times seen either  going back store to bring merchandise on special offers to customers they are familiar with or deliberately hiding the same from view to get kickbacks from those who request for them. This leaves out the unpopular…

  The joys of parenthood come in different forms and the art of the financial preparation for that unborn baby cannot be overemphasised.  Some parents go the extra mile to know the sex of a baby ahead of its due date so as to target specific colours. Baby suits will emerge in blues or pinks…

  Towards the end of last year, the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi (NMCM) issued a press release against taking and sharing pictures of victims. Reads the statement: “NMCM has learnt with great concern that there are some people including nurses and midwives that are taking pictures of the victims at the scene of…

Last Friday, I did something so unexpected that it made me cry. As I was driving along the highway, my eyes rested on two men approaching the main road from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH). One was carrying the other on his back and he struggled to cover a very short distance into the main…

That it is the festive season, it is an open secret. Everyone is expected to know that and many are in the mood already and, who can blame them. What with the lights, Christmas Carols, shoppers and the buzz of the excitement. Who can really ignore this time? Along with this season, there is also…

I have often wondered how certain schools manage particular situations, especially those to do with a child’s academic performance and behaviour. Many times, teachers bombard parents with queries about their child’s performance or latest hangout which they deem detrimental to the child’s growth with the expectation of being ‘assisted’ in their teaching role; often complaining…

I don’t know what it is about these Hollywood products we and our children are being exposed to on our screens. Be it television sets or computer monitors, nude photos of singers, actors and actresses are the order of the day and even with the parental guidance (PG) facility, they always pop up in the…

Stalking is defined as to pursue or approach stealthily. Synonymously, it is to creep up on, trail, follow, shadow, track down, go after, be after, course, hunt. The past month, I stumbled upon a woman doing things I never imagined existed in my lifetime. I have only seen on television, especially crime channels, but never…

Do you know, when those end of month or weekly promotions started with inserts in newspapers, Malawians were introduced to a whole new world of bargains and offers to give them value for their money? Comparatively, buyers became aware of where to go for particular products without necessarily having to go window shopping. That was…

I recently wrote here about how mean women drivers tend to be. I outlined several of their tendencies in their conduct which include manipulative glances when seeking the right of way amid traffic chaos. They are usually the first to ask for that help, but will rarely do the same for other motorists. The list…

In his song Grenade, Bruno Mars lyrics; I would catch a grenade for you, throw my hand on a blade for you, I would jump in front of a train for you. You know I would do anything for you; I would go through all this pain. Take a bullet straight through my brain. Yes,…

I have been having some serious talks about life with my two boys and one of the many topics that have taken centre stage has been the that of love. They are boys and I figured that as a mother— although I’m not their best or only teacher in this regard— they ought to learn…