The Chewa Heritage Foundation (Chefo) has organised a cultural night celebrating its culture, history and contributions people from the tribe have made towards community development and nation building.
From food to music, dances and poetry, the Chewas will converge at Crossroads Hotel Friday night for the cultural night that will see different personalities being honoured for their astounding contributions to the nation.
Maness Chinoko, spokesperson of the event, says a lot of activities have been lined up for the night.
“The cultural night is expected to be exciting and thrilling event where there will be performances by gule wamkulu, mganda, chisamba and chimntali, among other traditional dances, poetry recitals by Q Malewezi, Njonjonjo and Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa and live music by Ben Mankhamba, Mbenjere, Nduna za Achewa, Symon and Kendall.
“We will also have cultural displays like Chewa traditional foods such as chingowe, mbewa and fruits such as maye and nthudza. These will be auctioned while Chewa branded materials will be sold and raffle draws shall be conducted to raise funds for this year’s Kulamba Ceremony,” she explained.
Apart from the annual Kulamba, where Chewas from Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia pay homage to their King Gawa Undi, proceeds from the event will be used for local activities by Chefo.
Key among the activities of the night are Chewa Champions Awards which Chefo has introduced.
Said Chinoko: “About 25 individuals, including paramount Chief Lundu as custodian of Chewa culture in Malawi, will receive awards in different categories. Other recipients who will be unveiled during the event are people who have served the nation in different positions like retired and serving politicians, retired and serving technocrats.
“The awards are to recognise exceptional Chewa people committed to the preservation of our culture, promotion of peace, dedication to national service and possess unquestionable character and standing in society,” she said.