Chanco student develops TV station in Malawi

Innovation is happening across Africa, in all different sectors, from education to energy, banking to agriculture and in television broadcasting. In Malawi, a university student has created a community TV station called “analog TV project” one that he hopes will transmit all social events taking place on campus.

Chisomo Daka

Chisomo Daka

Chisomo Daka is a student at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College. He is pursuing a degree in education science and he is trying to make his mark in the television broadcasting industry. By his own admission, he says that he is not an engineer by training, nor does he claim to know much about engineering.

But his love and passion for tale-communications has inspired him to build from scratch a community television station. Daka says he hopes to use this TV station to broadcast social events and student projects throughout the entire campus.

“We have been able to transmit a video signal and we have been able to capture that. But by the end of the day, we would want to finalize it and make it a full working television station for the campus.”

Before his first broadcasting test signal, he was just a normal student, and few students knew about his innovation. Today, Chisomo Daka has created a name for himself as the new kid on the block. His community TV station is a hit on campus and everybody is talking about him. He says operating out of the norm is what is drove him to be innovative.

“I have had so much interest in telecommunications. Particularly, I’ve been working so much on audio transmission, and i also happen to have developed a Wireless-Mic and developed a small scale radio station. So now, i wanted to go much further than that. I thought of how I can now come up with a video and audio transmission. More like a television transmission. Much of it is out of interest because I am really interested in telecommunications.”

Daka is definitely one of the few young talented Malawians focused on changing the image of his beloved country. He argues that more and more viewers are asking for more content that reflect their realities– a quality that he says has been lacking in Malawi.

Television broadcasting is booming across the continent and young innovators are leading the way. But the industry is not without its challenges.

“We are also working on developing low-cost antennas for the clients or consumers for viewing on their televisions at home — particularly, if they have u-h-f band. We are also working on developing low-cost transmission antennas because transmission antennas are pretty expensive.”

Students at the Malawi university, chancellor college, hope that Daka’s Analog TV project will support teaching and learning by broadcasting course content for e-learning, by recording lectures, conference speakers, fine arts performances and special events on campus.

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68 thoughts on “Chanco student develops TV station in Malawi”

  1. Unalonga says:

    This is a very good development…Keep it up the good works young man…

  2. tiyeni nazoni says:

    Ana aku Poly ntchito kupikitsana kukutha kwa Stereo Kwa Kamba ndikutukwana anthu mu Chichiri highway.It has taken the innovation of the education science student pamene inu mukungosinza.

  3. Joseph Pakhosi says:

    Congrats and keep it up Bro proudly Malawian.

  4. anene bambo says:

    Izi nde zimene takhala tikumayemberkezera. DAKA you r a great Malawian. Osati ukangomva nkhani ya ku chancho kumangomva zaugalu. Ugalu wabwino nduumeneu. Keep the fire burning.

  5. The Motivator says:

    I would rather comment!

    This is a good gesture in as far as the science community in this country is concerned. It is high time Malawi as a nation begin to develop it’s own technology. Let us all learn from our fellow developed countries, the likes of China, India etc., who began through the same trend. This kid began his innovations by developing a wireless microphone, then after he also did a radio station based on the later principles. And now he is able to make a TV station by transmitting an audio and video signal. If you were to chat with him as of today you would all be fascinated with what the kid intends to achieve in his life. We should never be so confident to judge innovators in their early stages. Of late he has been talking of developing autonomus technologies like the drone technology, digital transciever technologies and what many more. Just give it some time, we shall all be surprised with the kid. Bravo Chisomo Daka, you inspire me alot.

  6. KING SOLOMONS PALACE says:

    AM AN ACCOUNTANT BY PRO.BUT I SEEM TO ENJOY WATCHIN DIS DRAMA.AM NOT DISCREDITIN MY HARDWORKIN COLLEGUE DAKA.BUT PROBLEM WITH MAJORITY COMENTS MAKE THIS DRAMATIC.PROBLEM IS COZ MANY PPLE LIMIT SELVES TO GAMES ON COMPUTER -CARDS ETC WASTIN TIME.ONLY FEW DO THINGS DAT CAN IMPROVE OUR LIVES-VERY FEW MEANINGFUL RESEARCHERS. 4 EXAMPLE SINCE THE INCEPTION OF KAYELEKERA DID THE ENVIRONMENTAL MINISTERS KNOW DAT THEY NEEDED REGULAR MONITORIN OF DE MINE AS REGARDS COMPLIANCE?IT IS ONLY NOW DAT THEY HAV BEEN SPOONFED BY CLEVER VILLAGERS THAT THEY SEEM TO WAKE UP.MINISTERS MUST BE REREARCHERS IN THEIR OWN MINISTRIES IF THEY ARE TO DELIVER.BACK TO MY COLLEGUE DAKA STORY ,PPLE WHO KNOW THE USE OF INTERNET WILL CONCUR WITH ME DAT THERE IS NOTHIN NEW.I CAN EVEN BROAD CAST LIVE ON MY SMARTPHONE,EVEN DIRECTLY FROM MY CAMERA.ALL U HAV TO DO IS BE IN SWIM WITH TECH ADVNCMNT.NOW MACRA GIVES FREQUENCIES TO REGISTERED BROADCASTERS BECAUSE IT IS THE REGULATOR.MANY PPLE HATE MACRA DUE TO IGNORANCE.PLS RESERCH.HAPPY LHM .THANX DAKA

  7. Golden says:

    Gud news, but Nyasatimes editor seems to allow giving us a direct transcription of the report on Youtube. Well, it’s all god news!!

  8. Munthu says:

    @ Chris Shut if u don’t have anything positive to say. Enemy of progress. When you were his age what did you ever develop or invented in your life apart from eating a lot of nsima and sleeping a lot. Take an example of FB founder, they were lots social networks already available then like Hi5, My space etc but FB stood out. You never know what this kid with the TV can do. Malawians we good at talking shit. Lets support each other rather than discouraging one another and tribalism insults like Mtumbuka ameneyo ahh Mlakho ahh wagule ameneyo. We all Malawians.

  9. chadango says:

    Talking about analogue when the country is migrating to digital is not reinventing the wheel

  10. Eddison G. Whayo says:

    It is very encouraging and motivating indeed. The facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, started like that as well at the University Campus. Today, almost every one else do appreciate and enjoy the easier way of communicating via facebook. As for Mr. Daka, it is a good gesture that as he puts Malawi on the Global map, it is not because of a sad story, it is indeed through a good story to tell, possibly for a very long period.

  11. chris says:

    are you malawians spupid or somrthing! google “video tramsmitter” and you will see off-the-shelf hundreds of video transmitters/receivers as cheap as £20 and some covering over 5000m . wake up you lot!

    1. Woyenda says:

      Chris what hv u done yourself other than wiping old peoples bum in a pound country?Just thinking of buying some thrown away useless gadgets.The guy is a genius.Leave him alone.

  12. Ndacheza naye ameneyu

  13. bertha says:

    Koma poly guys where are you? You are the ones who are supposed to be coming up with these innoventions and new technogies you are just drinking in blantyre!

  14. KING SOLOMONS PALACE says:

    BRAVO U,U KNOW WHAT UR DOIN.MAKING USE OF UNUSED FREQUENCIES AS LONG AS U DO NOT INTERFERE WITH THE REGISTERED ONES.BUT PLS ENLIGHTEN OTHER PPLE-TELL THEM THERE IS NOTHING NEW HERE.HOWEVER THAT IS A GOOD DEMONSTRATION KEEP IT UP U R A PRACTICAL PERSON.BUT BE CAREFUL OF PRESSMEN AND SOME PEOPLES COMENTS.TEL THEM UR NOT THE FIRST TO USE THE WHITE SPACES.JUST BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.THE COMMENTS ON NYASATIMES,R MISLEADING, OUT OF CONTEXT THATS WHY I HAVE WRITTEN DIS COMENT JUST 4 U TO GUARD AGAINST.OTHERWISE UR A GOOD RESEARCHER AND U WILL MAKE A GOOD EDUCATIONIST IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCES.THIS ADVICE IS COMIN FROM AN ACCOUNTANT.WHEN THE TECHNICIANS R DOZIN LETS OVETAKE THEM.BRAVO U.NEXT GO DIGITAL AND EXPLORE MORE INNOVETIONS OUT THERE .HAPPY NEW YEAR LHM

  15. xyz says:

    @ Mofolo, get over yourself. This world wouldn’t have problems if we never had a lot of Mofolos. Losers like you always hate other peoples’ progress. Big up Chisomo, I don’t know you but may God Bless your work my brother&may He protect you from these mofolos

  16. KING SOLOMONS PALACE says:

    FIRSTLY I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE U MR DAKA ON YO PROJECT.ITS EVIDENT U HAVE KEEN INTEREST IN ICT AND U R INTELLIGENT. SOON WHEN U GET THE NECESARY GADGETS PLEASE GO DIGITAL -AM SURE U KNOW WHAT I MEAN BUT AM MAKING THIS COMENT COZ I HAVE READ THE TREND OF COMENTS TRYING TO MAKE THIS AS THOUGH IT IS A NEW THING THE WHOLE WORLD.SO PLEASE MALAWIANS ,DO NOT BLOW THE WHISTLE TOO LOUDLY OR FOR TOO LONG.THERE IS NOTHIN NEW HERE.WHEN I SAY NOTHIN NEW ,EVEN THE PHYSICS DEPARTMENT AT CHANCO AGREES WITH ME-USE OF WHITE SPACES.WE R MIGRATING FROM ANALOG TO DIGITAL BROADCASTIN SO THERE SHALL BE MORE WHITE SPACES AVAILABLE.THESE UNUSED BANDS OF THE SPECTRUM SHALL B PUT TO OTHER USES IN ICT EVEN TO HELP VILLAGERS CHEAPLY. AMERICANS AS OF NOW ARE FULLY DIGITAL.MALAWI DEADLINE AS PER MACRA REPORT IF AM NOT MISTAKEN IS JUNE THIS YEAR?SOME PPLE FUME AT MACRA THRU IGNORANCE,LET ME EXPLAIN;SUPOSE U BUY HOUSE THEN ANOTHER MAN SAYS HAS KEY TO SAME HOUSE.FREQUENCIES R LICENCED IN SAME WAY. DAKA IS PIONEER AT CHANCO.BRAVO U!

  17. Rambos says:

    Tvs, radios, cellphones nids signals frm satelites.

  18. Mpaliwalingwa says:

    Bola pamenepo, koma kaka zopanga kalekale kuziphunzira mpaka lero, achina pythagoras ndi amzache. muthandizeni mwana uyu!

  19. Chimzy G. Magawa says:

    Keep up! Thats nice creactivity spirit.

  20. Busy brains says:

    What hurts me most is that this type of talent is stolen & exported from poor countries to already developed and rich countries by these selfish whites in the disguise of scholarship. Very sad indeed!!!!

  21. Busy brains says:

    A pa Polytechnic mukuti bwanji pamenepa? Most of the time you are busy marching on Chipembere highway forgetting why you are there. Your parents & the county rely on your education to develop this cuntry further, but you are busy doing nothing!

  22. Google says:

    Big up Brother!

  23. Sufyan says:

    Well done broder malawi needs such talent

  24. Please encourage this industrious young man who needs encouragement to go to greater heights.

    It is talents like this which is eventually stolen from under our noises, yet the need is acute in Malawi for such creativity.

  25. Muyao says:

    We need innovative youth like you,keep it up

  26. Mofolo says:

    Are we going forward or backwards? there are already sophiscated tv transmission with high quality pictures which everyone wants these days! there is nothing special here for me guys if you want a TV station its a matter of buying equipment set it up and transmit signals nothing new really new for me!

    1. jayz says:

      If it is that simple why don’t we have mofolo tv. Go to hell hater

    2. daka supporter says:

      Mofolo where were you to develop yours all this time?Leave the youngman alone.Did u develop digital yourself?Tamangomwani mitonjani ngati mulibe chanzeru choyankhula.Dont get discouraged by these brainless haters.

  27. mukhitho says:

    Kubwela bwino abwana kumeneeko zimasowa izi dele viwanthu vina vidzuka vivekele mgwireni zoppusaa tamabwezani ndalama uko panyopanu

  28. Maliseni says:

    THIS IS A WONDERFUL DEVELOPMENT AND WE SERIOUS ASK MACRA TO SUPPORT THIS INNOVATION AS WE LAMENT OVER THE TALENT OUR MULANJE BOY AND MANY OTHERS HAD BUT WERE CLOSED UP. MALAWI HAS POTENTIAL, ALL WE NEED IS SPACE AND SUPPORT. I HOPE THIS WILL BE A WAKE UP CALL TO OUR POLY ENGINEERING STUDENTS.

  29. Chanco student says:

    Ameneyo ndi nzanga

  30. MBACHI says:

    Chisomo no body should discourage. We are behind you.

  31. Webster The TechGuy says:

    Big up bro! You don’t necessarily need to be an engineer to develop something….It’s the passion that brings such innovations. PASSION.

  32. mwewo woyiba says:

    Why arrest him? What crime has he committed? Young man go ahead. Any sensible: Malawian should be behind you. You are great or magnus in Latin.

  33. Patrick Maliwa Chisale says:

    This is fabulous.

  34. Mtungah says:

    Nanga Poly ikuchita chani?

  35. Lekani says:

    Thats so lovely,brains at work! I salute you,keep on moving and nothing evil should cross you way, You have my blessing.

  36. osaweta jj says:

    thumbs up

  37. Nyalugwe says:

    Chanco sinamanso chani apa amwene mwana wa pa nyasaland ..what you have to know is that, this lad did that not because of chanco but passion towards that, and fundamental concept from Sec sch….there is nothing to do with chanco…Lets just work hard on the little we know practice it ..in ingeniuos way tizapanga zazikulu…

    Am not trying to say chanco ndiyonama…there people received pochments from chanco palibe chimene akutithandiza as a nation…i love UNIMA..as i am one of the product.. But there people in this country anzeru zachibadwidwe kuposa munthu wopita varsity..
    Good for chisomo

  38. Imraan Sadik says:

    Police are going to arrest him just as they did with that boy who designed a radio station somewhere in the Lomwe belt. Sick nation this is

  39. ezekiwe utwag says:

    Innovation from Tumbukas? Noisy, selfish tribe! We’re the rulers and Tumbukas our ladder. APM 2024 wooo!!

  40. paul says:

    Nice work Chisomo mumatha abwana!

    1. out says:

      U r in a wrong field. Can the authorities please put the young man in a relevant field where our genius can blossom. We salute you.

  41. Kenkkk says:

    Very good, again it is Better than nothing for malawi despite the new trend being digital satellite tv

  42. This is great and should be encouraged. Congratulations Mr Daka. With your growth projection, we expect a lot more.

  43. Ababa Thamangiwa. says:

    good development. koma mbuzi zina will jump to boost about tribe Daka comes from and the college he is at. In fact we have already seen a comment bosting abt Chanco as if this is a project done by the whole Chanco. Malawi needs to develop ideas incubated by these young people.

  44. mtila zomba says:

    Zambia’s union of sex workers (ZUSWO) has offered three days of free sex if HH wins.kwataine to be guest of houner

  45. Thats very interesting to hear,
    becouse,
    in
    Malawi, its the first time, to hear that, a university student, has actually, produced a tv station. Hence, Malawians must learn by example that, with the almighty God, everything is possible. Therefore, we must, always depend on, or ask the almighty God, to have us provided with vast knowledge, exprience, mentality, or, and, many more, expriences.

  46. brutsha says:

    Tisayerekeze kumva kuti inu MACRA mwakufunsa mafunso opusa ngati munachitira mwana wa ku Mulanje uja.

  47. Great Ideas says:

    Great ideas, a way to go!

  48. lesson says:

    We need such people who think outside the box. Nzotheka! Congratulations boy!

  49. Charter says:

    Good news. Congratulations

  50. Mbanangwa says:

    That is wonderful! Given the right materials and tools, a lot of new creation can be made. Most Japanese have passed through this age already now they are developing social robots!

  51. chimbowo says:

    Ana anzeru koma ma engineer apa poly kwao kutukwana ndi kumwa pa zingwangwa tv.

  52. Zimasowa2 izi, tiyeni timugwiritse ntchito Chisomo Daka. Chonde osakhomelerana. Uyu ndi wa2wa2, onani khunguli simzungu. Daka, keep it up!

  53. Ijeku says:

    His innovations will be shot down by the government as we’ve witnessed such before with the windmill and radio station fellas.

  54. Gudo Gwondwa says:

    Beware mediocre MACRA!

  55. ntondo says:

    Mtumbuka ameneyo

  56. Callister Daniel Phiri says:

    Mukumva atumbuka adzimunamizira kuti ndiwakwithu, chonnsecho ndi mchewa uyu wachabe chabe. Paja Zonse za nzeru atumbuka amaziwona ngati zawo. Uchitsiruu

    1. ujeni says:

      Give an example of one who bosted about his/her innovation. You seem not to have grey matter, better to shut up!

  57. Amon ezara says:

    ma big brains hv to be knwn like that keep it up DAKA!

  58. yohane says:

    Research into use. That’s good

  59. Du says:

    Congrats Chisomo!

    1. Youngman says:

      Kodi Chanco idatsegulidwa liti? Nanga ndi angati apangako zoterezi. Mwina sunamvetsetse akuti Chisomo Daka osati Chanco. Nanga Chanco simanama ndekuti chani?

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