In 1960, some young people from Liverpool (UK) teamed up to form what has been described as “the most influential band of all-time”. The Beatles, comprising George Harrison, John Lenon, Paul McCartney and Ring Starr, was a rock group that shook the Merseyside and eventually the whole world. The phenomenon of getting hooked onto the…

On my way to Mponela last month, I was pleasantly surprised to see a man-made forest some five or so kilometres south of the township. I saw not less than five bee hives within the forest. On enquiry, I was told that the forest was owned and cared for by villagers. One of the greatest…

On my way to Mponela last month, I was pleasantly surprised to see a man-made forest some five or so kilometres south of the township. I saw not less than five bee hives within the forest. On enquiry, I was told that the forest was owned and cared for by villagers. One of the greatest…

Two weeks ago, Kenya dispatched a maiden shipment of Kenyan crude oil to China. Commercial shipments will not occur until about 2024, at which time it is estimated that Kenya will be producing at least 100 000 barrels per day. Exploration of oil in Kenya started in the 1950s, but it was not until 2012…

When Malawi attained independence from Britain in 1964, there was only one paved road worth talking about. It was one between Blantyre and Zomba.  A single lane tarred road, just enough to accommodate one car, existed between Blantyre and Mulanje via Thyolo, and between Lilongwe and Salima. There was not a single city in Nyasaland…

William Kamkwamba is becoming a household name at last. When the local media houses first reported him the early years of 21st century and when I referred to him in my articles a decade later, not many people in Malawi had heard about him. Even when he published a biography of himself with the help…

Countries have been stratified into different classes depending on their level of development. Some are developed countries, others are undeveloped countries and yet others least developed countries. Malawi has consistently been fitted into the last group. Rather than talking in terms of ‘undeveloped’ or ‘under-developed’ countries I find it more encouraging to talk in terms…

Tomorrow is Kamuzu Day, a day on which the nation, or those who will, spare a moment to remember the man regarded as the founder of the modern nation of Malawi. This column will give you some insights into some aspects of Kamuzu’s non-political life. Everybody talks about Kamuzu the politician, forgetting he had aspirations…

It is not inconceivable that the next Zuckerberg would have attended Mchesi Primary School in Lilongwe or would have been born in the Henga Valley in Rumphi or at Nyezelera in Phalombe.  Mark Zuckerberg is an American of Jewish descent who founded and is CEO of the social, Internet based, application, Facebook. He is one…

Yesterday saw the tourism exhibition get to an end at the Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe. Malawi desperately needs to seek ways of exposing her natural beauty to the outside world more aggressively than she has done before. Therefore the tourism exhibition is more than a welcome development, coming, as it does, on…

M alawi used to have an import substitution policy which encouraged local buyers to prefer local sourcing of goods to importing, where possible. The idea was to reserve our foreign exchange reserves for critical imports like petroleum and fertiliser. Over the years, we have seen “Import Substitution” eroding significantly as individuals and organisations imported all…

Petroleum appears to have conquered the world as the fuel that dominates the transport sector. For a century users road of transport have known nothing else besides petrol, diesel and other fractions of petroleum. In the years to come, motorists will not turn in to filling stations to refuel but instead will be calling at…

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.…