Blantyre songbird aims for the big time

Last year, Hilco was a teenager. Little did Malawi’s entertainment sector know it would produce a voice that is unique and inspires a second listen. Born Hilda Ulolo, the personality behind the Ekizakitile beat has been an underground artist since she turned to music in 2009. The 20-year-old school leaver was drawn into music after…

Mzimba produces hit on Nigerian website

Jerome Music, real name Bizwayo Jere, has produced an Afro-pop track featuring Peter Banda titled Tonight that is a hit on Nigerian website chocolatecitygroup.com. The 22-year-old, who started singing in 2009, says he always had a passion for music since his primary school days. Jerome started recording his tracks at Propee’s Studio in Chirimba, Blantyre…

Tevet invest K20m in community colleges

  Following the launch of community technical colleges initiative, Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (Teveta) has invested K20 million to boost the institutions’ service delivery. Speaking at the official closing of a 21–day training of community technical colleges’ instructors, Teveta executive director  Ndione Chauluka observed it was relevant for the institution to…

Mental health still big challenge in Malawi

Born 56 years ago, James Bunyenga, had spent about five years at Zomba Mental Hospital (ZMH) when he was discharged last November. He does not remember when he was admitted to the country’s psychiatric referral hospital, but recalls this was not  his first time there. Currently, Bunyenga, who comes from Fasi Village, Traditional Authority (T/A)…

Fire guts shop in Zomba

Right Price Wholesale, a shop owned by a businessperson of Asian origin  in Zomba City, was burnt down on Monday, barely six weeks after Hua Yue belonging to a Chinese entrepreneur  met the same fate. The fire was first spotted at around 1735 hours as businesspeople were knocking off.  The shop is situated along Namiwawa…

Unima to boost health services

The University of Malawi (Unima) says it will advance the health sector in the country by constructing a hospital for College of Medicine (CoM) and Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) students. Unima vice-chancellor Professor John Saka said this yesterday at the 2014-2015 third congregation held at Chancellor College in Zomba. He said one way of…

Tree kills two, injures seven in Zomba

Two people died and seven others sustained injuries after an African mahogany  (M’bawa) tree fell on them at Zomba Central Hospital yesterday. Eastern Region Police spokesperson Thomeck Nyaude identified the deceased as Austin Sandikonda (37) of Chiunda Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mlumbe who was cycling on the Zomba-Blantyre Road at the time of the accident…

Zomba Mental Hospital (ZMH) has introduced an optional paying service at the facility effective January 1 2015 as one way of advancing its services. ZMH is the country’s main psychiatric referral hospital. It accommodates 400 male and female patients. In an interview, ZMH spokesperson, Owen Mwale, said the new service can accommodate 16 patients in…

Police stop Chanco demos

Police in Zomba yesterday stopped Chancellor College students from going to the streets for protests to push government to increase their upkeep allowances. Eastern Region Police spokesperson Thomeck Nyaude said in an interview the planned protests were illegal. Said Nyaude: “There was no communication that the students had applied to the district commissioner’s office, which…

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