We were so uncomfortable in the hot temperature of one midday this week. The vehicle we were packed in seemed like an oven. “Koma kutentha uku kwanyanya [this heat is beyond bearable],” said one passenger. We chorused in agreement in the ‘mobile furnace’ As the discussion grew, I realised how we sometimes take precious things…

There’s something mystical about clothes. For most people, there is that one apparel you inexplicably fall in love with and feel like putting it on all time, every time. In that case, you and the apparel become one and the same! There was one man ‘with a good job’half a decade ago in Blantyre’s Nkolokosa…

I went to a wedding reception not so long ago. The air was so ecstatic! The bride and groom were dressed in the most fashionable attire one could imagine. The decoration was out of this world, transforming the venue beyond the imagination it could be in this same sprawling dusty expanses of Lilongwe. Then came…

I went to a wedding reception not so long ago. The air was so ecstatic! The bride and groom were dressed in the most fashionable attire one could imagine. The decoration was out of this world, transforming the venue beyond the imagination it could be in this same sprawling dusty expanses of Lilongwe. Then came the…

Malawi is one big stage and drama never ceases to rule. It seems some of our very homes are a platform on which serious actors and actresses are always on duty. It was mid-morning on a lazy Sunday and I was under the obligation to hunt around shops for a few things that my home…

Long road to city life

A rolling stone gathers no moss, so they say. But when the steep slopes of life guarantee you no ridge to rest on and wait for moss to gather in your palms, rolling about might help comb the valley for alternatives. It could be true with the 34-year-old master of renditions John ‘Jay Jay’ Kutsokwe…

Ladies and gentlemen, there is a musical whirlwind brewing in the Capital City and promising to spring strong onto the platform of live band performances. From Lilongwe’s CCDC residential area, a six-member band is born, answering to the name ‘City Life.’ I had heard about this phenomenon for about two months and news was the…

I went to some ‘public place’ in Lilongwe days ago. Occupied by the ongoing World Cup matches beamed live on television, I stayed at the facility long enough to want to use one of their washrooms. But with the soccer action hot and exciting, I put on hold all the calls nature made. You can just…

It was a fairly cold morning with the sun hesitantly rising from the thick horizon. I was on a trip from the dusty capital city of Lilongwe to the commercial city of Blantyre. At Area 36’s popular bus stage, Matanki, we stopped to a rush of over 15 men and women jostling for a ride…

Two days ago, I found myself among concerned parents who bemoaned an occurrence that might have tempted their ‘young sons’ in college to try a shot at alcohol. An enormously potbellied man sat in a heap on a crate that reluctantly supported his weight, opened his mouth and, through his yellowing teeth, spoke like thunder:…

A few weekends ago, I strolled out of my nest to see a barber at Chigoneka’s small market square in Lilongwe’s Area 47 Sector 2. As usual I went full throttle, mocking the barber about his team’s misery on the local football scene. As the hairdresser paid his usually exaggerated attention to my intermittent hair, a…

O ne afternoon last week, a good friend found himself in Lilongwe’s Area 15 sorting out personal business. Driving out of the location, the veteran Capital City resident had no idea what was in store for him that day. On the front passenger seat was a new phone a brother had sent him from far…

Not so many weekends ago, I left home for the supermarket. As soon as joined the main road, I noticed inmateslining up the street, slashers in hand, cutting the grass that had overgrown its welcome in the peripherals of the busy road. Within me, I appreciated the service that the incarcerated sinews rendered by cutting…

Malawi is one big stage for worthless drama and its people are willing actors and actresses. This is exactly why we spend so much time cartooning over things too small to merit our attention. It is therefore no wonder that since the initial release of the $200 million film, Black Panther on January 29, 2018,…