In its quest to promote the country’s creative industries and honour those who have made significant contributions, Masion de la France and Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre will honour the life and works of veteran historian and writer Desmond Dudwa Phiri fondly known as D.D Phiri.
The event will take place on September 16 2017 at JCC’s Upper Gallery in Mandala building from 2pm to 5pm. It will be open to all members of the public. However, there is an entry fee of K1 000 per head.
Deputy director for Maison De La France and JCC, Daisy Belfield, described the event as special and great honour to D. D Phiri.
“We’ve got very exciting programmes lined up for JCC this month, but our most exciting is surely the celebrations in honour of the life and works of D.D. Phiri. We are working closely with Anglia Bookstore and D.D. Phiri’s granddaughter Chimwemwe Phiri to make the event a great success,” said Belfield.
She said they will compile a book with tributes to D.D. Phiri from contemporary Malawi, which will be presented to him during the commemoration.
“We want to have a good presentation of the impact his works have had on the political, economic and literary landscape in Malawi. We’re inviting literary, academicians and the public to contribute,” she said.
There will be a display of D.D Phiri’s publications and articles, accompanied by photographs and awards at the event. Dikamawoko Arts Troupe will pay tribute with a Ngoni dance. D.D. Phiri will speak, followed by a question and answer session.
- D. Phiri is acknowledged as Malawi’s most eminent author, historian, playwright and economist. His prolific literary output has directed Malawi’s development since Independence; he was recognised as one of Africa’s 23 most influential authors by the Pan-African Writers Association in 2011.
At 86 years old, he remains a regular contributor to Malawi’s national newspapers-The Nation and The Daily Times. n