Chitipa Forever Indebted to Bingu

As a bachelor, Patrick Sikwese, used to have pangs of jealousy whenever his best friend visited his parents in Nkhotakota and would return with stories of romance from the village. Sikwese, who was then aged 20, would just listen without sharing his own romantic relationships from his village as he seldom travelled to his home district of Chitipa to see his relations. “I rarely went home and so had nothing to tell my friend. It was as if I…

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A Phrase for Chiwamba’s Mathanyula Takana and Zikomo Kwambiri: a Man of the People
Robert Chiwamba: His poetry has become a voice for the voiceless masses.

I imagine the voice. I feel the pain. Insanity. The path Robert Chiwamba’s Takana Mathanyula and Zikomo kwambiri will tread has been travelled before by humanity. Art. Culture. Religion. Science. The message is clear. No to homosexuality. I imagine the lyrics. A distance from the hyperbole that resonates along with Mudzafa imfa yowawa. Or, somewhere closer to the message he spits at the neo-colonizer in The Warm Heart of Mdulidwe. “Siapa mwabwera ndi chithumba chandalama za okwatirana amuna okhaokha…

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Another response to HARDTalk’s main question on Malawi
Badawi probably 'surprised' that Malawi's Presidential jet was 'sold'

“Malawi is a peaceful society and is not hampered by ethnic tensions. It is blessed with fresh water, fertile land, a lot of enterprising people; Malawi can and must do better.” That was the only worthy statement we should have been reflecting on as Malawians. It is where the key to unlocking a glittering future lies. And Zeinab Badawi asked the president what he thinks is keeping Malawi behind? There is another alternative answer to Peter’s very correct response….

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