Malawians will from June this year have an alternative to Tikuferanjiâ€”the only home grown soap on MBC-TV. This follows a revelation that Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), through its Development Broadcasting Unit (DBU), is working on a K15 million (about $90 000) TVsoap on youth and HIV/Aids.
DBUâ€™s projects manager Emmanuel Thuwala says the soap, which is being funded by National Aids Commission (NAC), is the stationâ€™s contribution to the on-going fight against HIV/Aids in Malawi.
“We have a number of projects on youth and HIV/Aids targeting the rural communities. But we do not have one on for those in an urban setting. So this is the beginning.
“Basically, the soap explores lifestyles that exposes the youth, mostly girls, to the pandemic. We believe that through these images, we will spark an awareness that will help instill behavioural change among the youths,” he said.
Thuwala added that Malawians should expect the best and that the station will make it their obligation to sustain it.
The soap, which marks a break point in MBCâ€™s soap production, is set at the Polytechnic and it mostly features youthful characters.