Mzimba Heritage, a grouping that promotes Ngoni culture, is seeking K11 million for this year’s Umthetho at Hora Mountain from August 9 to 11.
In an interview on Wednesday, Mzimba Heritage general secretary Ndawazako Thole said they want this year’s celebrations to be unique.
He said each Ngoni chief in Mzimba has been asked to contribute K500 000 towards the budget.
“We are appealing to companies to support us because they can use the event to display their products and network with possible clients because the festival attracts huge audience,” Thole said.
The venue, Hora Mountain, has historical attachment to Mzimba Ngonis as it was first settlement in Malawi.
At the event, the Ngonis showcase their cultural heritage as they share historical moments.
“This year, we want to have young people because their presence would inspire other youths in Malawi to take part in Ngoni cultural activities,” said Thole.
The ceremony also incorporates other tribes.
Apart from food, Thole said other Ngoni cultural elements, such as dressing will also be exhibited.
Mzimba Heritage treasurer Victor Madhlopa said individuals are free to sponsor the event.
“The public is free to donate in any form be it cash or materials,” he said. The Ngonis of Mzimba celebrate Umthetho Cultural Festival every year. n