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Malawi Fashion: Siblings On Mission

Malawi Fashion: Siblings On Mission

Fashion
Known for their expressive Afrocentric fashion feel and retro clothing, siblings Tjay and Debbie Chirwa of Homegrown Lifestyle are on a mission to form and transform Malawi’s promising fashion industry. It began as an experiment mixing African print, or chitenje as it’s known in the local language and grew into a fashion powerhouse. “We just wanted to do hip,trendy and boundary-pushing clothing with an African touch as well ALL sorts of vintage clothing.” The duo’s diverse, stylish and out-of-the-box artistry has given them platforms on runways in New York and Johannesburg, along with recognition by a number of influential  international bloggers. ‘There’s a bigger need for young passionate Africans to develop style, how people present themselves can bring about li
Giddes Impresses

Giddes Impresses

Arts, Entertainment
Octogenarian Giddes Chalamanda, popularly known as Agide, on Friday defied his age when he gave a scintillating performance at Chameleon Club in Lilongwe.  The show, which was a launch of his South Africa tour, saw him perform for almost an hour with lots of energy and vigour. He opened his set with the hit song Che Melie before performing Nthawi Zina. Then he once more performed Che Melie followed by other songs such as Nellie, Linny and Culture Yathu before he was interrupted by Davis Njobvu of the Edgar ndi Davis duo. “Ngati a Giddes tinapita nawo ku America tikakanike ku Sasafrica? [If we managed to take Giddes to America, can we fail to take him to South Africa],” he said while mimicking former president Bakili Muluzi
Raw Deal: TNM Accused Of Staging Promo

Raw Deal: TNM Accused Of Staging Promo

Business
Consumer Association of Malawi (CAMA) says will investigate into the TNM's Green Friday promotion where customers are accusing TNM of allegedly not offering what it advertised. CAMA Executive Director, John Kapito, blamed the mobile network service provider for advertising a product but failed to provide it on stock. “TNM will have to be taken to task," he said. TNM Spokesperson, Limbani Nsapato, has dismissed the claims, saying that they had enough phones in stock. Consumers in Mzuzu expressed anger for what they said was cheating by TNM. "We have been cheated because the phones that they promised to offer are not the ones that are in the store," one complained. "I am disappointed with TNM. Imagine, wasting time and money coming here [Mzuzu] just to find that the phone
Mec Calls For Voter Registration

Mec Calls For Voter Registration

Politics
Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has appealed to registered voters to verify their details in the voters’ roll as the third phase of the voter verification exercise starts today. The third phase of the exercise will cover Mangochi , Balaka , Machinga , Zomba , Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Phalombe, Thyolo and Luchenza Municipality and is expected to end on December 30. In a statement yesterday, MEC chief elections officer Sam Alfandika also encouraged registrants to visit the centres where they had registered. He urged political party leaders to mobilise their supporters to go and verify their details in large numbers before the exercise closes so that they take part in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections. Said Alfandika: “The commission is also appealing to all candidates and polit
TNM Super League: Bullets Crowned Champions

TNM Super League: Bullets Crowned Champions

Sports
Nyasa Big Bullets on Monday were officially crowned champions of the TNM Super League with a 2-1 win over Civil Sporting Club at Kamuzu stadium in Blantyre, marking the end of the 2018 season. A brace from Hassan Kajoke helped Bullets to overcome the civil servants’ lead by Innocent Tanganyika. Civil sporting club displayed sportsmanship by giving the champions a guard of honor prior to kick-off. They have finished champions with 71 points from 30 games, breaking the league’s record of collecting such points. They have won 21 games, drawing eight times and only tasted a single defeat. The 2018 champions scored 55 goals and conceded 13 goals the entire season of 30 games. Be Forward Wanderers second Bullets with 63 points and Silver Strikers have finished third with 57 po
Child For Sale: Couple Nabbed For Selling Own Son

Child For Sale: Couple Nabbed For Selling Own Son

National
Police in Dedza district have arrested a couple for allegedly putting up their son for sale. The couple offered the 12-year-old boy to a Mozambican family. Dedza Police Spokesperson Edward Kabango confirmed on Wednesday that the suspects, Jemitala Alfred and his wife who is a traditional doctor, Mary Benard, offered their child on sale at K1.5 million. He said a Mozambican family came to the wife in Malawi to find out the cause of their child's death back home in Mozambique and was demanded to pay the amount, assuring them that their child would resurrect the next day. According to Kabango, the husband told his son to accept the particulars of the deceased in presence of the Mozambicans the next day. "The traditional doctor advised the Mozambicans that they shouldn't be surprised ...
Suffix Features American Artist Sho Baraka In Ghetto Ndi Nyatwa

Suffix Features American Artist Sho Baraka In Ghetto Ndi Nyatwa

Entertainment
Malawian gospel rapper, Suffix, real name Aubrey Ghambi continues to make headlines both locally and internationally with his music. The artist has just revealed his latest piece of work, Ghetto Ndi Nyatwa featuring America American Christian hip-hop artist and writer, Sho Baraka. The song is expected to caltapult Suffix to another level as far as music is concerned. Suffix is a Malawian rapper based in the city of Blantyre. He has one mixtape titled D.O.S and several hit singles to his name including Necessary Noise, D.Y.M, and Ulendo Wa Kumwamba which gripped over 60, 000 downloads on www.malawi-music.com. D.Y.M was also featured on the world’s largest Christian Hip Hop online magazine (Rapzilla). Suffix is currently ranked No.17 on the top 20 list of Africa’s most influential C
Chiradzulu District Council Loses K6 Million Revenue

Chiradzulu District Council Loses K6 Million Revenue

Business, National
Poor management has contributed to a loss of K6 million in form of revenue at Chiradzulu District Council. Records from the council indicate that it lost the revenue in a period of four months. One of the council’s revenue collectors, Margaret Kanjuchi, told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday that since September 2017, she has been failing to collect revenue from businesspeople at a market near Chiradzulu District Hospital. According to her, the matter was reported to council officials, but nothing has been done. “I reported the matter to our office and all responsible persons were aware, but no action has been taken,” Kanjuchi explained, adding that she stayed for one and a half months without collecting revenue as there were conflicts between her and the vendors. Shire Market, whic
TCC Estimates 2018 Tobacco Production

TCC Estimates 2018 Tobacco Production

National
The Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has embarked on a survey that will determine estimated production of the green gold this year. In every first quarter of the year the TCC conducts the survey which aides them in coming up with crop estimates for a new season. In a statement made available to the media, the TCC discloses that it has dispatched its personnel across the country in tobacco growing districts to collect data on the expected production. Last year Malawi produced 105 Million KGs, fetching MK153.8 Billion. For the past two years production of tobacco has been going down owing to increased demand of contract basis grown tobacco from buyers. However according to the TCC, they have already registered an international demand of 171 million KGs of the leaf in the 2017/2018 growi...
Chavula’s Rape Song Stirs Up Debate

Chavula’s Rape Song Stirs Up Debate

Entertainment
Malawians have reacted angrily to the production of a hip hop track titled ‘rape’ by Mwiza Chavura. In the song, Chavura was announcing plot to let a girl got drunk on his bills with an intention of raping her for turning down his sexual advances on her. “Ndidzakupanga rape/ kukumwetsa bawa ndikupanga rape/kukamwa kwako nzakumata tape/ zindikana uone udzalira help/ I don’t ……. around nzakupanga rape,” goes part of the chorus of the song. But the song has apparently not gone down well with a lot of Malawians, including some artists who have since taken to the social media condemning it. Spoken word poet Qabaniso Malewezi, himself a former rapper, said much as there was freedom of speech which artists enjoy, there was a line that needed to be drawn. “Art that openly talks about raping a