After the demise of the reggae legend, Bob Marley, a reporter approached Marley’s former band mate, Peter Tosh, and asked him if he thought he would be the second Bob Marley. “No,” he replied, “I will be the first Peter Tosh.” If it had been somebody else, he might have been tempted to jump at…

When the British administrators ruled us during the colonial era, they literally lorded it over us, creating a huge gap between them and us. We resented colonialism because, among other things, we wanted the majority of our people to participate in the running of affairs of government and commerce. Blantyre and Lilongwe were never settler…

The advent of the social media has brought about many exciting possibilities. I still remember a time when, as a young man studying in the United Kingdom, I would write to people at home and would pay for airmail delivery. It used to take one week for the letter to reach home. If the addressee…

One practical way to control accumulation of unwanted waste is to observe the three golden Rs—reduce, reuse and recycle. It is common sense that you can reduce the amount of waste produced by reducing the use of the commodity that generates the waste. In this article, I will feature paper as a commodity to be…

This weekend is a very solemn one in the worldwide Christian community, as the faithful commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A few legends have evolved in connection with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ nearly 2 000 years ago. The Holy Grail is one such legend. Since the description of…

‘Time is money’, so goes the saying. In Malawi, we do not respect time as much as our friends in the developed world do, perhaps because we find it difficult to relate it to money. That relationship is, at best, hazy. In my first-year as a student at Watford College, in the United Kingdom, I…

I was on the relatively magnificent (by Malawi standards) double lane Chipembere Highway, driving towards Blantyre when a vehicle cut in from the road from Chemicals and Marketing, in the Kristwick area. I was forced to suddenly reduce speed to avoid a collision. Many others travelling in the same direction as me had to almost…

I once asked a Graphics Media class at the Polytechnic if they knew what the unit sitting in the reception area, with the words “United States” on its body, was. None of them had a clue. Their answers ranged from “an engineering model” to “a symbol of America’s domination” and everything else in between. The…

  As technology is increasingly permeating every facet of society, you would think that the private sector would be all too eager to partner with IT professionals for profit maximisation and innovation. Well, you would be wrong. In the country, it appears the divide between business and technology is getting even wider.  They, the fancy-suited…

Controversial reggae performer, the late Peter Tosh, once accepted an invitation by the Grenadian Prime Minister, Maurice Bishop, to attend a socialist summit. He went to the summit, but when somebody greeted him there with the salutation ‘comrade’, he quickly quipped, “I man don’t come red [the colour symbolising socialism], I come black [being a…

When I worked for Blantyre Print and Packaging in the 1980s, Lever Brothers (now Unilever) was our major client. We used to supply Surf and Vim cartons, Lifebouy and Sunlight wrappers and a whole range of other wrappers to their busy factory in Limbe. Besides soap products, Lever Brothers used to manufacture cooking oils (Covo…

  Asmelash Zeferu is an Ethiopian dude that needs no further introduction on this forum because he has been briefly covered in one or two recent articles. He applied for admission to a flying school, but was turned down on account of his short stature. I never knew that height was an issue for those…

The Dutch Reformed Church missionaries, who set up first at Mvera then Kongwe, Nkhoma, Mlanda, Malingunde, Chinthembwe and other places in the Central Region embarked on a number of projects in this country. Some of such projects were educational institutions. Robert Blake Secondary School at Kongwe in Dowa was among the missionaries’ prestigious projects. At…

In our produce markets, Malawians sell all kinds of fruit. The availability of the various types of fruit goes according to season. Right now mangoes are in season and will remain so for a few more months. Also in season are masuku (uapaca kirkiana). Some months ago, masau were in season. With very few exceptions,…

It is in human nature to erect boundaries around themselves and to regard those outside the boundaries as foreign, different or even outcasts. Such boundaries exist at family, societal, tribal levels and beyond. Entrenched social, religious and economic boundaries are not uncommon among us. In India, there is a caste of human beings known as…

The radio would blare out a cool mix of international and local tunes, interspaced with scintillating jokes every morning Monday to Friday, as the radio giants Phillip Mwala Moyo and Davies took turns to entertain Malawi in a morning programme called Tadzuka Sitidziwa Anzathu (I got up well, and you?). That time Malawi had only…

The Nkhoma Synod of the CCAP owes its origin to Reverends P. Vlock and A. Murrary who started missionary work at Mvera in Dowa in 1889. A few years later, Rev Robert Blake arrived at Mvera and was charged with the responsibility of founding another mission station away from Mvera. In 1894, he established a…