Celebrities and lifestyle

A celebrity is a person who is well known in the public domain and commands a fair share of attention from other people and the media. The image a celebrity portrays in the public realm becomes a marketing brand—the very essence of the celebrity’s status. This ultimately becomes a symbol in public that is always…

An excursion into Muloza water project

Fifty-nine villages in Muloza area, under Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema in Mulanje District, lie scattered like broken china under the sun south-east of Mulanje Mountain. To the far-east stretches the sprawling lands of Mozambique while Muloza River descends the gigantic mountain to their north-west, cascading down in torrents of crystal-clear water, rumbling around the villages…

Unima’s unbundling fallacies, politics

The University of Malawi (Unima) is standing on the brink of splitting into separate college universities. If this happens, Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s model of one university with several college campuses will be changed, argues AYAMI MKWANDA in this final part on Unima unbundling. Former president Kamuzu Banda had three dreams after his release from…

‘More Malawians want to publish books’

This week, our reporter Ayami Mkwanda engages Malawi Writer Union President MIKE sambalikagwa Mvona on a wide range of issues affecting writers in Malawi. Excerpts. Q : How much progress has the Malawi Writers Union made under your administration since being voted back to office in 2007? A : Since being voted back in 2007,…

World Vision hands over water project

  World Vision Malawi (WVM) on Thursday handed over a water project to Muloza communities at a function held at Thundu Primary School in Traditional Authority (TA) Njema in Mulanje. Speaking after presenting the project, WVM national director Hazel Nyathi said the initiative will help improve the communities’ livelihoods. “The situation the communities [faced] without…

Matafale’s music genius

Evison Matafale was regarded by many people as a musician who revolutionised reggae music genre in Malawi. His emergence from obscurity to stardom shook the firmly established ‘hegemony’ of Balaka artists in the country. Matafale instantly became a force to reckon with at the turn of the millennium. Then for a long time Balaka had…

Waliko’s touching strings

  It is now becoming a tradition at the HS Winehouse to host shows that range from poetry recitals, and theatre performances to music. The place that lies deep into the bowels of Blantyre’s admired suburb of Namiwawa is poised to steal the glory of other venues that have hosted such entertainment events for many…

Phombeya: mca’s futuristic power project

  For a long time, Malawi has been grappling with the challenge of power outages which has resulted in the interruption of commercial and social work transactions. The worst period of such power blackouts is from 2014 up to date. All this while, industrial work, business activities and social services have been affected. To solve…

Unpacking sticky UDF-DPP Alliance

Our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA catches up with United Democratic Front (UDF) secretary general Kandi Padambo as squabbles and demands are gaining  for  the party to pull out of its contentious alliance with the ruling Democratic Progressing Party (DPP). What is your stance on some UDF supporters’ call for your party president Atupele Muluzi to quit…

Nature’s portrait

  A painter imitates reality on a sheet of paper with the masterly acumen of a virtuoso. With a touch of witty imagination, his pencil or brush creates a replica of nature in exquisite form-holding the pencil or brush and rolling it on paper with impeccable dexterity to reproduce finesse. According to Aristotle’s theory on…

GMO cotton trials impress Kenyan delegation

A Kenyan delegation last week said it was impressed with Malawi’s Genetically Modified (GMO) cotton trial project at Ngabu Agricultural Research Station in Chikwawa. The delegation, comprising board chairperson of various regulatory agencies, the private sector and farmers, toured the research station to see how Malawi succeeded in carrying out GMO cotton variety trials. Leader…

The charm of beauty

Beauty has always been one of the forces of attraction in the world since antiquity and its hold on society has remained hugely profound up to the modern time. The society’s perception of beauty is rudimentarily cultivated in people’s psyches that everyone is capable of identifying it and relates to it in one way or…

The forgotten woman

  As she traverses the streets of Blantyre, her eyes squint around. She is wary. Life in the city offers no margin of error. If not cautious, her day will be ruined. The merchandise on her head weighs like a rock. She must endure the pain. In this basket are tomatoes, onions, eggplants and vegetables.…

Women feel they won’t be published

  Malawi has many talented women writers but their works are not coming forth. Our reporter, AYAMI MKWANDA engages a female writer and literary critic, EKARI MBVUNDULA, to find out more about women writers in the country. Why do we not see many Malawian women publishing books? I think we don’t see enough writers in…

MIJ students celebrate cultural day

Students from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) in Blantyre celebrated their cultural day on Friday, at the Museum of Malawi grounds in Blantyre. The students, who were also being assessed by their lecturers, performed dances and plays to mark the day. The performances included traditional dances such as Mganda, Lupanda, Chisamba and Chinamwali cha akulu.…

Phombeya MCA project impresses parliamentarians

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Statutory Corporations and Government Enterprises has expressed excitement with progress of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Phombeya electricity sub-station project in Balaka. Lilian Patel made the sentiments yesterday when she and her 30- plus member committee toured the project site to appreciate works going on. Briefing the media after…

Unima’s humble beginnings

In the past two months, the media has been awash with reports about University of Malawi (Unima) unbundling. But when did this issue begin? In this four-part series, our reporter AYAMI MKWANDA looks at the history of the university and why some colleges want out of Unima. Just a few months after Malawi attained its…

Professional capacity missing in film industry

Despite Malawi having an association of film makers, there have been very few productions over the recent years. The film industry itself refuses to grow. In this conversation with Film Association of Malawi (Fama) president, Ezaius Mkandawire, our staff writer AYAMI MKWANDA speaks to him on a number of related issues. : Do we have…

Cartoons’ humorous tales

  A cartoonist’s pencil is the simplest of tools that creates illustrations on an austere landscape of paper to mirror not only the artist’s mind and his world-view, but also tell a story with impeccable subtlety and humour. A cartoonist’s caricature is a loaded package of message. Yet, anyone can understand the message—the literate and…

They are still begging

  Despite the country’s laws prohibiting seeking of alms on the streets and from shop owners, the number of street beggars is swelling each passing day. Section 180(b) and (f) of the Penal Code prohibits begging or seeking alms. In line this law, on February 12, police in Blantyre arrested 12 children who were found…