One for the future

  She crafts her designs from local materials, turning the fabrics into ready-to-order-and-wear clothes that reflect a young, eclectic style. Bright coral balanced by earthy hues, modest hemlines and stark, clean lines – a complete departure from the overtly feminine designs typically coming from Malawi’s budding fashion industry. At 14, Tawile Kumsinda has created her…

Musicians compose song for Queens

In recognition of the Malawi Netball team’s feat at the Netball World Cup, long time producer Joseph Tembo and gospel artist and Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) president Chimwemwe Mhango have released a song titled Malawi Queens. In an interview, Mhango said: “We are Malawians who follow everything that Malawians are doing in various circles.…

Sadc approves three Malawi projects

Malawi has described the just-ended Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) Heads of State and Government Summit in Botswana as successful after getting three of its projects approved. Speaking at the end of the summit on Tuesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation George Chaponda, who was representing President Peter Mutharika, said Malawi had gained…

Mugabe hails peaceful Sadc

Outgoing Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) chairperson Robert Mugabe has hailed the region as the best example of peaceful coexistence on the continent. Mugabe, who is the President of Zimbabwe, was speaking at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana on Monday during the official opening of the 35th Ordinary Summit of Sadc Heads of…

APM congratulates Malawi journalists for winning Sadc awards

President Peter Mutharika has congratulated journalists Winstone Mwale of Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) and Bonnex Julius of The Daily Times newspaper on scooping awards during the 2015 Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) Media Awards. The awards were given earlier today by the Sadc chairperson president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe during the opening of the Heads of State and…

Sadc members urged to capitalise on TFTA

Southern African Development Community (Sadc) has urged its member States to fast-track the process of finalising all outstanding issues that stand in the way of the successful implementation of the Comesa-EAC-Sadc Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). In June this year, the 15-member trade bloc joined the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) and…

Malawi among countries with few women MPs

Malawi remains among countries with low representation of women in Parliament in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) region, according to the Sadc Gender Unit. Statistics from the unit show that Malawi, with 17 percent representation, lies on ninth position on the 2014 Status of Women in Parliament Index. This is despite Malawi, just like…

Sadc’s economic integration stuck

  The Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) has made no progress in implementing its all-inclusive economic integration as the bloc has failed to reach the various milestones set out in its Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP). The blueprint, spanning from 2013 to 2018, envisaged that Sadc would achieve integration in the areas of free…

2015 spelling bee competition launched

  Spell Master Education Communication (Smeco), organisers of Malawi’s inter school and individual spelling contest, the National Spell Master Spelling Bee, have partnered with Zodiak Television for the fourth season of the competition. The competition engages brains from primary and secondary schools, to a spelling challenge of a broad selection of words, usually with a…

Gift Mabeya Mbeya, amdala bambo!

Changes have swept across the Malawi airwaves. From what can be referred to as the first generation of Malawi’s radio presenters such as the late Phillip Mwala Moyo, Prescot Gonani, Davis Mussa and Mercy Chipeta, the country has seen it all. The dawn of democracy and resultant liberalisation of the airwaves gave birth to a…

APM cancels SADC trip

President Peter Mutharika has canceled his trip to Gaborone, Botswana, for the 35th SADC heads of state and government summit as one of the ways of cost cutting in government. Mutharika has instead delegated Minister of Foreign Affairs George Chaponda to represent him at the summit which runs from August 17 to 18. Briefing the local press at the Grand Palm…

Back on the runway

Miss Heritage international beckons Malawi Modelling is not an easy career to break into, more especially in a country such as Malawi where it is regarded as a waste of time. All too often, one’s hard work, passion and dedication are dismissed and go unappreciated. But over the years, Malawi has seen a steady, but…

Chilobwe SDA District conducts 2015 girls’ seminar

In a bid to nurture well-behaved and economically empowered girls, Chilobwe District of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church recently held a six-day girls’ seminar at Chilobwe Church. Closing the seminar last Saturday, one of the facilitators Shepherdess Loveness Shakier said the gathering had achieved its intended purpose. “The seminar was conducted to teach our…

Malawi’s first line of hair

Malawi, just like other African countries mainly, is an environment where weaves and relaxers are celebrated by women. While the extensions market is made up predominantly of black consumers who wear weaves; hair extensions woven into braids or a mesh cap, there are concepts popping up to address those looking for fused-on or clip-on hair…

President’s hotel holds Brazil night

The President’s Hotel in Lilongwe has launched a series of cultural events aimed at promoting different cultures in the country. The first in the series took place last Friday when the five star hotel organised a Brazilian night at the Afroma Terraces bar. The lofty was filled with different dishes and cocktails from Brazil with…

Kuimba 10 docks in Lilongwe

It has been an inspiring journey. And challenging at times as they moved through the hurdle that is music in Malawi. Like a toddler, they crawled and moved all the way to the top. Some key members were called to God’s glory, threatening the very existence of the band, but they held on to the…