Chakwera says Mwawi’s nomination for global award ‘inspiring’: Vote for Malawi Queens shooter

Former chairman of Malawi National Council of Sports and now the leader of opposition in parliament, Lazarus Chakwera is urging Malawians to vote for the country’s sole netball export Mwawi Kumwenda for the International World Games Association (IWGA) 2015 Athlete of the Year Award.

Mwawi Kumwenda: Get global nomination and Malawians urged to vote for her

Mwawi Kumwenda: Get global nomination and Malawians urged to vote for her

Mwai Kumwenda high flying

Mwai Kumwenda high flying

Chakwera told Nyasa Times that Mwawi received a “deserved” nomination as the only African and netballer among 18 nominees from various sports disciplines across the world, saying that means the Malawian has “so distinguished herself in the discipline of netball that her efforts are now being celebrated by people in other spheres of influence.”

The nomination follows her impressive performance at the World Netball Championship in New Zealand last year where she attained a 91 percent shots on target and 321 baskets that earned her the Player of the Tournament Award.

“Not only is this a cause for all Malawians of good will to smile, but an inspiration for each of us to look to the future with hope that our present individual efforts are contributing to a prosperous future for all of us as a nation,” said Chakwera.

He added: “Not only is this level of distinction something that we should rejoice in as a nation, but it is something we should each emulate as citizens in our own vocations.£

The 26-year-old New Zealand-based Tactix player will battle it out against other nominees such as Ukrainian power lifting champion Larysa Soloviova, American athlete Regina Jaquess, Thai martial artist Vewart Comta, Danish athlete Vewart Comta, Colombian archer Sara Lopez, Dutch korfball star  Mady Tims and American gymnast Laura Zeng.

Chakwera stated that Mwawi has raised the flag of Malawi high.

“She has not reached this level by waiting for handouts, nor has she done it by giving excuses to justify a wait-and-see attitude towards her own future,” said Chakwera.

“This level of excellence demands the kind of self-discipline, self-development and self-determination that refuses to accept the popular notion that there are heights other nations can reach that are impossible for us to scale.

“Like her, we must obliterate the word ‘impossible’ from our mindsets. If Mwawi can do it, we too can do it.,” said Chakwera.

He said Mwawi’s achievement has made him to be proud Malawian.

A public vote through IWGA Facebook and Twitter accounts is underway and the winner will be announced on February 1 2016 .

Chakwera , therefore urged Malawians to vote for the 26-year-old netball super star on the IWGA link

“It is up to the rest of us to do our part by voting for Mwawi so that she wins this award,” appealed Chakwera.

“Let us vote today, vote tomorrow, and vote everyday so that there is no part of the journey that she walks alone.”

Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Rosy Chinunda said they are “very proud” of Mwawi’s achievements.

She also called on Malawians to “rally behind” the Malawi Queens shooter.

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23 thoughts on “Chakwera says Mwawi’s nomination for global award ‘inspiring’: Vote for Malawi Queens shooter”

  1. Harrison Ndadzakumanja says:

    We should be behind mwawi, we should all Vo for mwawi.

  2. Andy Johnstone Chidothi says:

    How can we vote…. Mwawi amatha zimenezi…

  3. Nzoona Ndithu says:

    Euthini loyo. Uthi loyo. Paja she comes from very close to the home of Bushiri mother

    1. Andy Johnstone Chidothi says:

      Anthu ena ndiopusa bwanj,,, mmalo moyamikila Mwawi z the Best kumakamba zopepela apa….

  4. Yesaya says:

    Basu pa nkhani yonsei chaonapo inu chanzeru kuti mungacite comment ndi miyendoyo basi? Eeh a Malawi ena ndiokanikadi, mukasilira mwendo wa Mwai what next?

  5. Gresh says:

    Yanda vote ndamuponyera kale

  6. Gresh says:

    Voted for her already

  7. fellowwoman says:

    Positive names result in positive outcomes . A Malawi tiphunzirepo kupereka mayina abwino kwa ana. Osati Mavuto, Ndaziona, Mumderanji, Pilirani and so many other names a milandu. U deserve it girl and surely, you are Lucky!!

  8. kate says:

    you have my vote Mwai kumwenda. congrats

  9. opportunist says:


  10. bango says:

    Mwai vimiyendo vikuluvikuluvi ndi vyako?

  11. basa says:

    kuti tivote tingachite bwanji

  12. Sibweni says:

    I have already voted for her.

  13. Sibweni says:

    Mwawi Kumwenda ni dhilu

  14. Patrick Uka says:

    I cannot think or imagine of any Malawian attaining such world recognition. I urge the whole world to Vote Mwawi

  15. AIDS TOTO says:

    kodi amamunyenga Mwawi ndani. Kutalika ko ma 11 ath kukhala apatalinsotu. Bushiri paja adadya eti?

  16. Judah says:

    that’s my President owopa mulungu

  17. Thanks for the article, but the tournament was held in Australia not New Zealand as reported. Poor journalism.

  18. Pemphan phir says:

    Lets do it together

  19. James Man D olo says:

    indeed she is an inspiration….we need to have the zeal as she has I’d our country is to move forward starting highest ranked public officers to a citizen in chulu village of kasungu

  20. Gogo Ntela says:

    Vote Mwawi Vote Mwawi!!!!

  21. mlauzi says:

    Big up Mwawi. And thanks Dr Chakwera for recognizing this athelete

  22. Kokoliko says:

    Oky ife tivote basi pamenepa

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