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Tonga’s to celebrate heritage

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Tonga heritage celebrations are slated to take place on August 26, 2017.

Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Cecelia Chazama will grace the occasion which will take place at Chintheche in Nkhata Bay.

According to Reverend Mezuwa Banda, the celebrations will help accelerate development.

Rev Banda says they have lined a number of activities that will promote preservation of environment, good agricultural practices and Tonga language.

“This is a very important event in Tonga circles because besides promoting our culture, it would be used as catalyst to disseminate information of social issues such as education and health,” the prelate said.

Banda said being a cultural grouping people different tribes from other district were invited to attend saying this is an event for Malawi.

The celebrations will be spiced up by traditional dances such as malipenga, chilimika and honara.

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“Preserve culture” Dausi

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Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Nicolas Dausi has described the third Egyptian cultural week as a representation of the efforts by Malawi and Egypt to preserve culture.

Dausi told a panel discussion at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) Bunda campus on Tuesday that a nation without culture is like a tree without roots.

He added that government is pleased to note that youth have been incorporated in the cultural week through the round table discussions.

“Every Malawian has a role to play in youth empowerment and cultural entrepreneurship,” he said.

Three successful young Malawians in different fields were chosen as panelists for the discussion which brought together students from all Luanar campuses and areas surrounding Bunda.

Paramount Chief Gomani V, Frank Mwenechanya and Eve Kasambara debated on issues of leadership, job creating and innovation under theme ‘The Africa we want; our youth, our culture and our future.’

In his remarks, Egyptian ambassador to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy, said the main lesson from the discussion was that Malawians do not need inspiration from outside but can inspire themselves.

El-Adawy added the Africa we want will be achieved in the future in part by investing in the youth today.

The Egyptian cultural week takes place annually in the month of July.

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Lush Africa partners with Latitude 13 Hotel for Africa Fashion Festival 2nd edition

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Lush Africa, organizers of Africa Fashion Festival have partnered with Latitude 13 Hotel ahead of the three days of fashion events. 

Last year, the Festival took place at Bingu International Convention Centre. 

Dates for the Festival have been announced as 24th to 26th of November 2017 with showcasings from renowned Africa designers, music artists. 

In addition there will be shoppers paradise; where people will be able to buy African arts and craft and fashion items from the designers.

Lorraine Mopiwa Kljajic, Lush Africa manager said “Lush Africa and Latitude 13 Hotels have teamed up to bring back the epitome of fashion in Malawi” 

“Last year’s event was a success and we are back by public demand”

“We have decided to include music, arts and craft as a way of celebrating the African creative and entertainment industry”

Lush Africa has also teamed up with Nigerian and Tanzania fashion Organisers to bring a bigger and premium fashion show to Malawi, he says. 

Latitude 13 Hotel Marketing and Sales Manager Bridgette Sadyalunda said Latitude is proud to be partnering and hosting the event at the hotel as a way of recognizing fashion as an art.

“We were impressed with Africa Fashion Show last year, the show saw Malawians and expatriates coming together to appreciate fashion from across Africa”

“This year, since Lush Africa has included art and music, what better venue embraces such talents than Latitude 13,” says Sadyalunda.

Meanwhile, designer applications have been opened and interested designers are encouraged to send profiles to lushafrica@gmail.com. 

In 2016, before the two nights of glamour and fabulosity in the first edition of Africa Fashion Festival, Latitude 13 Hotel hosted a cocktail to welcome international designers.

The main showdown attracted both local and international 20 designers and 25 models.

Among others, Nyalisa wear, Mafrica (UK-Malawi), Sandra Designs (Uganda), Adam’s Needle, Bonono Merchants (Lesotho), Esnart Nkosi (South Africa) showcased at the event with music performances from Lulu, Dali, Blaze and John Paulo.

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​Malawi to host its first International Tourism Expo

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Malawi will host the International Tourism Fairs or Expositions (Expo) for the first time this September at the Bingu International Convention Centre. 

This is in bid to uplift the tourism industry in the country. 

The expo, dubbed Takulandirani International tourism expo comes as one of the strategies the country has taken to reinforce its tourism brand on the regional and international market.

It is a follow up to one of the key recommendationsmade made at the recent National tourism conference which suggested that Malawi should have its own tourism expo if the country is to increase its visibility and build capacity in its tourism services.

According to a press statement, the Expo which will start on 30 August and end on 1 September, is expected to attract the attention of international and regional buyers, exhibitors, tourism authorities, media, the academia, ministries responsible for tourism and the general public.

“The objective is to provide a platform forparticipants at the fair to interface and experience first-hand Malawi’s tourism products and share best practices on howto network and package Malawi’s tourismproducts for increased returns”. 

“It will bring buyers and sellers in one place and help facilitation of face to face meetings and conclusion of deals”, reads part of the statement issued by Sarah Njanji, Principal Tourism officer in the Department of Tourism.

 The statement said, the Expo comes timely as it resonates with Government’s decision to include tourism as a key economic driver for social economic development.

Amongst other benefits, the fair will offer a majority of local operators an opportunity to learn from leading operators from Malawi, the region and beyond.

The statement says the Expo will offer anopportunity for key stakeholders to appreciate that travel is only a component of tourism.

It will also provide a cost effective platform for local operators who might not have had the chance to transact business face to face with international buyers outside the country.

Prior to the event, there will be pre- Expo tours to some of the key attractions across the country.

This aims at giving the international and regional buyers and the media an opportunity to get an in-depth product knowledge of the various tourism products Malawi is endowed with.

The pre Expo tour will also provide an invaluable buyer, exhibitor and client experience on what to expect during particular destination visits and information on enquiries related to the destination.

Some of the other benefits of holding the Expos are creational of seasonal jobs andbusinesses for entrepreneurs as they design, construct, brand and decorates stands.

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Paramount Ngolongoliwa installation at an advanced stage-Committee Chair

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Preparations for the installation of Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa of Thyolo scheduled to take place on May 28 are at an advanced stage.

Chairperson for the organizing committee, Blessings Makwinja said preparations for the installation ceremony are underway in readiness for a big event at Mlakho wa Alhomwe Headquarters at Chonde in Mulanje District.

“All the preparations are going on well and we are expecting at least all Lhomwes from all walks of life as well as other tribes to come. We are expecting not less than 25, 000 people to attend the installation of the Lhomwe Paramount Chief,” he said.

Moreover, Makwinja said they have extended invitations to all traditional leaders in the country.

“So far, the Lhomwe King Mutharika from Mozambique has confirmed his attendance. This means it will not be a mere event and we are expecting more traditional leaders from abroad to witness the installation. We encourage people to come regardless of them being Lhomwes,” added Makwinja.

Moreover, Makwinja thanked all well wishers who have donated towards the event.

“Let me thank the State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and the Vice President Saulosi Chilima for their timely support including the former head of state Dr Bakili Muluzi who has promised to assist us with transport,” said Makwinja.

President Mutharika is expected to preside over the ceremony.

Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa whose real name is Laelo Costa Juma was elevated to Sub T/A in 2010 before he ascended to T/A on 8 August 2014. On December 22, 2014, he was elevated to senior chief.-Written by Robert Nayeja-Mana

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Malawi Government calls on chiefs to protect women’s rights

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Written by  Andrew Ndhlovu-Mana

Government Tuesday called on chiefs in the country to protect and respect women rights.
Senior State Advocate on Human Rights Section at ministry of justice, Mathews Gamadzi made the remarks when he officially opened the workshop of traditional leaders on the rights of women at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe.

Gamadzi said the workshop is part of several events marking 30 years of entry into force of the African Charter on Humanand People’s Rights.

Gamadzi said, “We are celebrating this anniversary in this manner is an indicator of government seriousness in entrenchinga culture of human rights and the rule of law in Malawi.”

Chief M`mberwa cheers with Inkosi Gomani at the Traditional Leaders Workshop at Golden Peacock Hotel, Lilongwe – Pic by Abel Ikiloni

“We need to empower Chiefs, because these are the ones who take care of the people so if they are empowered that they can also inform the communities they are coming from, to protect and respect women rights”.
He further said the meeting will help to seek and get enjoyment of rights to the people and discuss the progress we have made as a nation in enhancing the rights of women.

Commenting on the issue Chief Mberwa V said there is need to consider issues of rights when it comes to protecting women,referring back in the days of Jesus Christ that women were said to be taking care of their families and do nothing else for their society.
“Let’s be careful here because of the way we are handling this issues of women rights. In the past women were made to take care of families and not to be leaders,” said Mbelwa V.

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Govt Secures US Funding To Safeguard Sena, Yao and Chewa Traditional Performing Arts

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BLANTYRE – The Malawi government has secured a grant from the US government to safeguard the endangered performing arts (songs, music and theatre) among the Sena, Yao and Chewa communities. The signing ceremony of the grant took place at Museum of Malawi offices in Mandala on Wednesday 12 October, 2016.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of the grant worthy USD39, 032 (approximately K27.8 Million) the Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community development, Honourable Patricia Kaliati (MP) said “the importance of this project cannot be over-emphasized as it aims at collecting, documenting and archiving the various forms of performing arts so that they are well preserved for future generations.”

“Certain forms of [traditional] music teach our boys and girls the importance of morality, thereby, effectively assisting us in bringing back value systems to the youths in this era of HIV/AIDS”, Kaliati highlighted.

The US Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer presented the grant said that the project is being funded under the US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. “Ultimately, the Ambassador’s Fund is a way for us to show respect for the cultural heritage of others and is an enduring legacy and reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of humanity,” Palmer said.

The grant has been provided to the Museums of Malawi in support of a project on the “Safeguarding of the Endangered Traditional Performing Arts (Songs, Music and Theatre) among the three communities, namely: Sena, Yao and Chewa”.

The Director of Malawi Museums, Lovemore Mazibuko said the project was conceptualized upon realization that traditional music, songs and theatre are not being practiced as much as it used to be in the past. “This is so because most people, particularly the youths, have developed big appetite for foreign music and dance”, he emphasized.

To document traditional songs, music and theatre of Sena, Yao, and Chewa people; the project will produce 120 videos on 12 DVDs with each DVD reproduced into 120 copies, making a total of 1440 DVD copies.

A temporary exhibition on traditional dance and music will also be setup at the Chichiri Museum in Blantyre.

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