Our children are daily bombarded with foreign methodologies of achieving basic literacy and numeracy. A popular alphabet chart has ‘A for Apple’ and similar phrases. While this may make sense to the children that grow up in town, it remains double Dutch to the rural pupils, many of who have never heard of, much less…

In my last article I explored some of the effects of the massive environmental degradation this country has suffered. I attempted to show that the prolonged blackouts we are continuously experiencing are chiefly the result of environmental degradation. We have carelessly cleared our forest reserves on hills, mountains and in catchment areas. There used to…

It is quite frightening how people dismiss scientific phenomena and continue to live as if such knowledge never existed or was totally of no consequence. A case in point is the link between environmental degradation and persistent blackouts. To a great number of people, the blackouts are purely the result of Electricity Supply Corporation of…

Many a time we sit and talk and transact whatever business that is before us, totally unaware of what could be lurking out there in deep space. Space is a terribly busy place with all sorts of objects doing all manner of maneuvers that would knock us down. There are many tiny and large objects…

The issue of population growth is one that vexes many people. There are those who believe that the small cake that is the gross national product cannot go round to everybody because there are too many of us. These, on the one hand, will advocate a slow down on population growth to remedy the situation.…

I visited a funny place called Lumbadzi last week. Funny, because it is purportedly located in the city of Lilongwe although it is technically in Dowa district. Because of its proximity to Kamuzu International Airport (KIA), it enjoys the oversight of the City of Lilongwe. Residents of Lumbadzi, for example, draw their water from Lilongwe…

One Saturday morning, as I was driving through the Blantyre city centre, I was suddenly caught up in slow moving traffic and was, therefore, only able to make slow progress through the streets of the business district. The cause of the traffic build up was a wedding. Some couple had just tied the knot and…

After the demise of the reggae legend, Bob Marley, a reporter approached Marley’s former band mate, Peter Tosh, and asked him if he thought he would be the second Bob Marley. “No,” he replied, “I will be the first Peter Tosh.” If it had been somebody else, he might have been tempted to jump at…

When the British administrators ruled us during the colonial era, they literally lorded it over us, creating a huge gap between them and us. We resented colonialism because, among other things, we wanted the majority of our people to participate in the running of affairs of government and commerce. Blantyre and Lilongwe were never settler…

The advent of the social media has brought about many exciting possibilities. I still remember a time when, as a young man studying in the United Kingdom, I would write to people at home and would pay for airmail delivery. It used to take one week for the letter to reach home. If the addressee…

One practical way to control accumulation of unwanted waste is to observe the three golden Rs—reduce, reuse and recycle. It is common sense that you can reduce the amount of waste produced by reducing the use of the commodity that generates the waste. In this article, I will feature paper as a commodity to be…

This weekend is a very solemn one in the worldwide Christian community, as the faithful commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A few legends have evolved in connection with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ nearly 2 000 years ago. The Holy Grail is one such legend. Since the description of…

‘Time is money’, so goes the saying. In Malawi, we do not respect time as much as our friends in the developed world do, perhaps because we find it difficult to relate it to money. That relationship is, at best, hazy. In my first-year as a student at Watford College, in the United Kingdom, I…

I was on the relatively magnificent (by Malawi standards) double lane Chipembere Highway, driving towards Blantyre when a vehicle cut in from the road from Chemicals and Marketing, in the Kristwick area. I was forced to suddenly reduce speed to avoid a collision. Many others travelling in the same direction as me had to almost…

I once asked a Graphics Media class at the Polytechnic if they knew what the unit sitting in the reception area, with the words “United States” on its body, was. None of them had a clue. Their answers ranged from “an engineering model” to “a symbol of America’s domination” and everything else in between. The…

  As technology is increasingly permeating every facet of society, you would think that the private sector would be all too eager to partner with IT professionals for profit maximisation and innovation. Well, you would be wrong. In the country, it appears the divide between business and technology is getting even wider.  They, the fancy-suited…

Controversial reggae performer, the late Peter Tosh, once accepted an invitation by the Grenadian Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, to attend a socialist summit. He went to the summit, but when somebody greeted him there with the salutation ‘comrade’, he quickly quipped, “I man don’t come red [the colour symbolising socialism], I come black [being a…