Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) has hailed the United States Embassy for launching of poetry anthology as one way of reviving the writing and reading culture among the youth.
Mawu president Sambalikagwa Mvona said this during the launch of Generation Hope at Chancellor College in Zomba on Friday.
He says the upcoming book will inspire young Malawians to make their voices heard through the written word.
Â “This is welcome. For a long time, Mawu has been advocating publications of works for the budding Malawian writers. We are glad to hear that this will be an annual event to supplement our short story awards, sponsored by FMB,” said Mvona.
He said it was still a challenge to find publishers for quality creative writings even if the advent of multiparty politics has brought back most of the exiled writers.
Â “The major problem is that publishing houses opt for textbooks unlike creative works,” he concluded.
US Embassy public affairs officer Benjamin Canavan said the embassy has created a platform for young Malawians to talk about the current challenges and opportunities for their country.
“President Barack Obama personally spearheaded the Dialogue with Young African Leaders. The US is listening closely to Africa’s younger generation and building strong relationships with them. Together, we are collaborating to bring about positive change in communities across the continent in terms of health, education, democracy and economic empowerment,” said Canavan.
The launch was brightened by recitals from students from various secondary and tertiary institutions . There were also motivational speeches by Qabaniso Malewezi and Dr Bright Molande.