People of diverse colours, cultural and political backgrounds yesterday converged on Nkolimbo ground in Ntcheu for the climax of Umhlangano wa Maseko, an annual cultural event to celebrate values and traditions of the Maseko Ngoni.
Vi c e – Pr e s i d e n t Saulos Chilima graced the occasion alongside ministers of Health Peter Kumpalume, Patricia Kaliati (Information) and Grace Chiumia (Sports and Culture).
Culture enthusiasts from as far as Germany and Japan were also part of the patrons who were treated to Ngoni foods such as roast meat and traditional beer such as masese.
Teen girls clad in Ngoni attire that left them exposing the better part of their self lined up the red carpet as Inkosi Gomani V took to his royal seat.
Impis and chiefs under Inkosi Gomani formed a barricade round the royal highness.
A few metres from the Inkosi’s seat, men and women made merry as they ate kebabs (mang’ina) and nsima ya mgaiwa with vegetables garnished with groundnut flour.
Vendors at ceremony had their share of the celebrations as patrons bought almost everything edible, as well as Ngoni traditional gears.
In their addresses, Chilima said culture and traditions have potential to unite people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds whereas Inkosi Gomani V said he is committed to promoting girl education and women empowerment.
Meanwhile, Chilima has asked the Maseko Ngonis to start now preparing for next year’s Umhlangano.