The annual Innovative Awards returns to Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe today with the familiar glitz and glamour of an international-calibre awards’ show.
After three successive events, the taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) will host the awards’ fourth anniversary under the theme Celebrating Media Freedom in Malawi.
MBC public relations manager Chembezi Mhone said they decided to celebrate media freedom having seen the country’s media landscape where practitioners work without fear of being intimidated.
“Over the past years, we have seen positive strides in press freedom and overall developments in the media, including the passing of the ATI [Access to Information Bill] coming in and diversification of several media outlets,” she said.
She said they have lined up several activities that will include live performances by some reputable Malawian artistic groups with President Peter Mutharika being the guest of honour.
“All is set for the event and we anticipate the whole ambience to certainly fit the nature of the awards night,” said Mhone.
Since inception, over 30 ordinary and eminent innovative Malawian individuals have been recognised in various categories such as education, agriculture, health, arts and culture, among others.
On his part, chairperson of the organising committee, Vincent Khonyongwa, said this year’s event was a milestone as MBC will be awarding outstanding innovative talent in line with the promotion of three development pillars of patriotism, integrity and hard work. n