A Malawian author, who writes books for children, is working on an educational movie based on a book he wrote some years ago.
Ralph Chapinga has three books to his name. His first general book will be out this summer.
“I started publishing in 2006, and I have so far published Leleni, Kalinga and Crew and Khwiya which is being made into a movie. All these books are under the Werengani Series of the National Library Services, as such they have been used in libraries and primary schools,” said Chapinga in an interview.
He added: “Moyo ndi Ineyo is the first ever book for people in general to be published by me with the help of Chancellor College Publications. It should be out by September this year. It will be a collection of a series of 20 fiction stories and 10 poems closely linked to some stories in the book.”
Khwiya is a story of locusts that descended on a certain village. After attempts by villagers to deal with the plague, only one remained. It was caught by children who found it singing at a well.
“There is an important song in the book Khwiya which many children are failing to sing. The story and song will, therefore, be narrated in the movie by some children aged between two and 15 for their colleagues’ benefit.
With the help of curator Elson Kambalu, we are working on a 20-minute movie based on the book. Shooting is underway and should be done by March,” said Chapinga.