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…

Social media and culture

One of the greatest inventions of the modern time is the internet whose impact on society has been hugely phenomenal. With the internet, came social networks such as Face book, WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagrams just to mention a few. All these collectively are referred to as social media. It is social media that is fast…

Of TV series, soaps

The coming of many television stations in the country would have closed the long yawning chasm of entertainment which the motion picture provides to people. With only MBC TV beaming in the country from the late 1990s, one had no choice but to consume with gusto anything the state-owned television dished out. This lack of…

Blantyre DHO in cervical  cancer screening week

  Blantyre district health office (DHO) in partnership with Dream and Total Malawi has launched a cervical cancer screening and awareness week. The exercise, launched at Chikuli ground in Blantyre Rural on Wednesday, will end on Thursday, April 26 and will be undertaken at selected health centres in the district, according to officials. Blantyre district…