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.

MIJ students in the thick of things

Sydreck Chavula, a literature lecturer at MIJ, said the performances were part of their assessment in addition to being a form of entertainment to the spectators who swarmed the museum grounds.

“The purpose of these dances and the play performances is to enable journalists use literature in disseminating information,” said Chavula.

Another lecturer, Anderson Gowa, corroborated with Chavula said as literature students, they had to depict the cultural traditions from Malawi to show that they understood their society and would represent it well when they finally graduate.

Gowa said: “The performance is good. The students have grasped whatever is practised in the cultural set-up of Malawi. They have depicted what happens in our villages.”

There were many people who came to watch the students dancing wildly in their costumes. In the end everyone left satisfied. n

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