This year’s World Intellectual Property Day which falls on April 26 will be commemorated in Mzuzu with activities including anti-piracy big walk, exhibitions, music and drama performances, essay writing competition and destruction of pirated and counterfeit products.
The event, to be hosted by Mzuzu University (Mzuni), will be celebrated under the theme Creativity: The Next Generation.
According to the chairperson of the organising committee Joshua Kumwenda, who is also head of Languages and Literature Department at Mzuni, the event is aimed at sensitising the public to the dangers of using pirated and counterfeit products.
“These fake products often pose a threat to the general well-being of the citizens, especially in the case of foodstuffs and medicinal products,” Kumwenda told The Nation on Friday.
He also said the event will strengthen relationships between organisations in the fight against artistic and literary piracy which is killing creativity in the country.
As a celebration for creativity, Kumwenda revealed that an essay competition for young scholars in the country has been organised ahead of the main event.
The competition is running under the theme Creativity: What the Next Generation will Bring.