Lately, the number of masters of ceremonies (MCs) is growing. Both men and women are directing events at weddings, engagements, bridal showers and tea parties. My concern is the growing trend of overzealous people masquerading as MCs. They leave a lot to be desired.
You see, when people attend these events, they expect to have a good time. But thanks to smart phones, we have witnessed moments where some of the so-called MCs embarrass both the newly-weds and guests.
I recently attended an event where the MC ‘demanded’ the newly-weds to seal their love with a kiss. You could see the hesitation from both the bride and groom as they were embarrassed. People are different and have different values. It is not for MCs to demand public displays of affection from couples.
Then we have those who embarrass guests by forcing them to give more money than is available. A friend of mine recently shared how an MC forced a couple that had cut a ribbon during a wedding anniversary celebration to give at least K20 000 each. The couple gave every penny from their pockets. The MC then bragged about how she empties people’s pockets during such events. “MC wake ndikakhala ine palibe amapita kwawo ndi ndalama [when you attend ‘my’ event, you go home empty handed]”
Weddings are celebrations and, therefore, should be treated as such. Turning them into money making events to the extent of forcing people to give what they do not have should stop. I understand the MCs get a percentage from money collected; hence, their overzealousness when encouraging people to give. I think events planners should agree on an amount to be given to MCs to avoid the percentage matter.
There are also MCs who dance like they are at a beer hall. This too, is embarrassing. People do not go to events to see MCs dance. They should stick to their jobs. Others even go as far as dancing provocatively with the bride or groom. Anthuwa mumawatenga kuti? (where do you get such disgraceful people?)
Some may argue that whoever wants a dancing MC must be free to do so. Well, I beg to differ. These MCs harass guests. When asking the MC to beg for money from guests, be mindful that they have other responsibilities. Coming to our event is a blessing which should not be taken for granted.
Finally, let me commend professional MCs. I am talking about those who dress smartly, but not to out stage the bride and groom. I am talking about MCs who stick to their job and speak to guests with courtesy. We have many who are actually doing well. I wish I could mention their names, but they are too many. Its kudos to you!