Likoma Summer Festival rolls to life

The Likoma Summer Cultural Festival rolled to life on Wednesday with the inaugural Likoma Island Tourism Expo meant for stakeholders to exhibit their services and products to the world. This was a side event of the festival which will climax on Friday with a cruise ship from Monkey Bay, Mangochi to the island, with stopovers…

Fashion reigns in Mzuzu

  Glamorous, glitzy and exquisite are some of the superlatives to describe this year’s Mzuzu Fashion Week (MzFW) as it climaxed on Saturday with a runway show and fashion awards. It was a well packaged night full of cheers, wows and surprises when models strutted the runway and dazzled the audience with stylish designs. But…

Kasungu farmers prepare for drought

  Some farmers in Kasungu under Find Your Feet (FYF) organisation have started preparing land for farming using sustainable agriculture technologies to mitigate effects of climate change. During a media tour last week, it was observed that farmers in Chulu extension planning area (EPA) were covering their fields with stalks for conservation agriculture and preparing…

Mutag delves into child abuse

  Mzuzu University Theatre Arts Group (Mutag) introduced a new cast last week which staged The Chief’s Blanket to tackle gender-based violence. The Chief’s Blanket was written by playwright Smith Likongwe, but adapted and directed by Mzuzu University lecturers William Maulidi, Misheck Mzumara and Misheck Banda. The play centres on Layika, a 13-year-old girl who…

Highway to the grave

  There are lingering questions as to why the Karonga-Chitipa Road is in poor state just five years after commissioning as JOHN CHIRWA writes. The Taiwanese Government had already constructed 13 kilometres (km) of the 101-km road. But the switch from Taiwan meant China taking over the road construction project with a grant of $70…

World Vision empowers  Nkhata Bay youth

  World Vision Malawi (WVM) has moved in to improve the quality of life for 120 vulnerable youths at Sanga in Nkhata Bay by training them in technical, vocational and entrepreneurship skills. Speaking at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, WVM support and strategy manager Innocent Pendame said the training is part of the organisation’s goal…

Tumbukas to commemorate Gonapamuhanya

The Tumbuka ethnic group in Rumphi has warned “power hungry politicians” to desist from turning the Gonapamuhanya Cultural Festival into a political battleground this Saturday. Speaking on behalf of Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe in an interview on Thursday, his son Mtima Gondwe said they expect a better festival this year as they have prohibited patrons from…

Lake of Stars is on!

The stage is set. The lights are on. The international artists as well as the local artists are in. And the fans cannot wait to enjoy three days of music, dance, poetry, fashion and visual arts. This is the Lake of Stars (LoS) Arts Festival 2018. Taking place at Kabumba Hotel in Salima, the festival…

Marriage, no child’s play

  Picture this. A class enrols 100 pupils in Standard One and six years later, half the class drops out due to teen pregnancies and child marriage. It is then worse in Standard Eight as 13 pupils who sit the Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations, only two are girls. This is the…

US envoy calls for investment in girls

  United States (US) Ambassador Virginia Palmer says her government recognises girls’ education as the best investment for Malawi to improve its economic and public health status. Palmer was speaking during the handover of a girls’ hostel at Mpherembe Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Mzimba yesterday.   She said a 2016 report titled Evidence…

Fredokiss establishes fashion label

  Hip-hop artist Fredokiss has established a fashion label that uses the African print (chitenje) to make wallets and hustle bags. In an interview, Fredokiss said the label is a business initiative which seeks to create jobs for the youth who are unemployed. “It’s a business initiative which seeks to meet the demand for our…

Early pregnancies hit Nkhata Bay

There were only two girls who sat for the Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examination at Changasi Primary School in Nkhata Bay South East this year after their colleagues dropped out due to pregnancies and child marriages. Speaking at an awareness meeting organised by Girls Empowerment Network (Genet) in Nkhata Bay on Thursday,…

No candidate endorsement—Bishop

  Bishop John Ryan of Mzuzu Diocese of the Catholic Church has said the church will not endorse any political party or leader ahead of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. In his address during the inauguration of St Mary’s Catholic Parish at Kasitu in Nkhotakota on Saturday, the bishop said the church will only…

Smokey makes it big in SA

Sevie ‘Smokey’ Phiri is little known in Malawi. But on the international music scene, he is one of the sought-after multi-faceted film directors. At 22, his age betrays what he has already achieved in the African music industry. As a Malawian based in South Africa, Smokey has rubbed shoulders with African music giants such as…

Mzuzu Fashion Week back fourth time

Mzuzu Fashion Week (MzFW) returns for its fourth year in Mzuzu next month with 20 local and international designers confirming their participation. In a statement made available to The Nation, MzFW founder Wezi Mzumara said they have organised a number of activities for one week beginning on October 1. she said the activities include fashion…

3.3m Malawians face hunger—Mvac Report

  The 2018 Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) Report has projected that at least 3.3 million Malawians will be food insecure this year following a 28.4 percent decrease in maize production. Meanwhile, Civil Society Agriculture Network (CisaNet) has said the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) has failed to address the problem, and has asked government…