Chewa Heritage gets Airtel money for Kulamba Ceremony

All is set for this year’s Kulamba Ceremony of the Chewa People to be held in Zambia on Saturday with Malawi’s top mobile service provider, Airtel donating over a K2 million Cheque to Chewa Heritage Foundation (Chefo) towards transportation of chiefs to Mkaika, Katete District of Zambia, for the event.

Kanyama Phiri and Norah Chavula of Airtel

Kanyama Phiri and Norah Chavula of Airtel

Chefo officials in a symbolic presentation of the dammy cheque from Airtel official Norah Chavula

Chefo officials in a symbolic presentation of the dammy cheque from Airtel official Norah Chavula

Handing over, the donation, Airtel Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Norah Chavula said Airtel is proud to be associated with culture.

“As you are aware that Airtel assisted coronation of Paramount Chief Gomani of Ntcheu, on top of that we also came in with assistance  towards coronation of Paramount Chief Mmbelwa 5 of Mzimba and recently we also gave another cheque  towards Umuthetho on Ngoni people in Mzimba and today we are with another donation towards Kulamba ceremony,” said Chavula.

Receiving the Cheque, CHEFO Chairperson, Professor Kenyama Phiri thanked Airtel for the donation.

“This will help us a lot,” he pointed out.

Speaking to reporters later, Phiri said all is now set for this year’s Kulamba ceremony.

Phiri was flanked by his vice, Kenneth Mseka, Secretary General Sefren Khumula, Publicity Secretary Hendrex Chikuni and Fundraising vice chair Edward Chileka Banda.

This year’s Kulamba traditional ceremony will take place on 29 August and will be presided over by Paramount Chief Karonga Gawa Undi of the Chewa people from Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.

The Kulamba Ceremony is an annual traditional ceremony of the Chewa speaking people that portray the rich cultural heritage of the Chewa speaking people from about 137 Chewa chiefdoms in Malawi, 33 in Mozambique and 42 in Zambia.

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22 thoughts on “Chewa Heritage gets Airtel money for Kulamba Ceremony”

  1. Mapiri says:

    Phiri is not a cewa.. It’s Ngoni or Zulu name. These pipo came from South Africa. Go to KZN, they are so many. Banda is pure Cewa. Read and know yo history.

    1. Souja says:

      Shame,just because the name is also found in KZN then it means its from there NO they may be of different meaning,e.g in tswana phiri means ‘hyena’ but talking of Malawian,Mozambican,zambian history they were called mountain clan,i ask you to read again or somebody fooled you.

  2. Lord Mansfield says:

    Nonse Amene Mukudana Ndi Thandizo La Airtel Muli Ndi Mavuto, There Shall Always B Problems In Our Hospitals And Even Elswhere, Airtel Has Been Donatin Moere Than This In Dferent Situations Including In Hosptals So Just Bcoz Its To The Chewas Then Its An Issue Pliz Malawians Go to Our Nationa Anthem Imanena Kuti Tithetse Njala, Ntenda Ndi NSANJE(KADUKA) Fo U Karu Our Tribes Were Dvided By Colonial Artificial Boundaries Just Chec The Nyakyusa In KA & KYELA IN TZ Then Chek The CHEWAS In Mw/ Zam/ Moz Then Lhomwes In Mulanje/ Milanje Osati Zombwambwana Unenazo, Amako Ngakuti Kodi Iwe, Zikomo Kwambiri Airtel Mawa Mdzatandizeso Ena Dzisiyeni Dzubwebwetadzi Nde Typcal Malawiano Arguments Fo Nothing Palibe Chavuta Apa Koma Nsanje Nde Matenda Athu Or Kuphunzila Chotani Nsanje Tulephela Kuithetsa

  3. bwishosho says:

    Chewas are great people.Zikumuwawa am we tameki.Go chewa heritage

  4. Souja says:

    Chewa people are comprised of two main clans PHIRI and BANDA clans,Phiri’s were rulers of the chewa people,so all people with phiri surnames has roots from Chewa people, its shallow to think that all people from kasungu north are Tumbukas,infact the majority are Chewas..its a shame just because he is a Proff then he is tumbuka,he is wise he knows his history…i ask you to read your history books Mr.proud Tumbuka,eetu ndi mmene timachitiratu achewafe timadziwa history yathu,language yathu ndi culture yathu osati zamakoro ena kumangokhuta mowa ati culture yathu,culture is more than drinking phele,its also about names,languages,food,dressing and many more,mukafuna zambiri timadina g.o.o.g.l.e

  5. bwanji kodi says:

    INU A AIRTEL SIMUNACHITE BWINO OLO MPANG’ONONG’ONO POMWE BWANJI OSAPEREKA MATHANDIZO KU ZIPATALA ZA MDZIKO MUNO MUKUONGA NDALAMA PA ZINTHU ZOSATHANDIZA NKOMWE MUMADZIWA ZIMENE ZIMACHITIKA KUKULAMBA? NDI ZINTHU ZA CHIKUNJA NDIYE POTI NDI KHALIDWE LANU MUMAKONDA KUCHITA PROMOTE ZINTHU ZA CHIKUNJA SIMUFUNA KUTHANDIZA PA ZA BWINO MOTI k2MILLION MUNGAPATSE ANTHU KUTI AZIKACHITA CHISEMBWERE KUMENEKO? INEYO ZANDINYASA KWAMBIRI MUZIONA KOFUNIKA KUTHANDIZA. KAPENA MUKADWALA INUYO MUMAPITA KU SOUTH AFRICA? NANGA ABALE ANU AMENE SANGAKWANITSE MUMAWAGANIZIRA BWANJI? CHONDE CHONDE MUZITHANDIZAKO KUZIPATALA NDIPO NDISADZAVENSO KUTI MWATHANDIZAPA ZINTHU ZOPUSA.

  6. konto says:

    Norah Chavula ndikukufuna banja, palibe kanthu olo ukhale okwatila kale, olo utakhala ndi ana seveni ndili opangilatu kukukwatila

  7. Gribonia okonderedwa says:

    mchewa ndi mbuzi yeni yeni, wat z kulamba, afer all? Nosense.

  8. Beast Msonda says:

    Kanyama Phiri a Chewa? Mmmmmm……? I know we have some Ngonis in Thyolo Bvumbwe, they don’t claim to be Lhomwes despite being in the Lhomwe territory. Is Kanyama Phiri a Chewa because he comes from Kasungu North? Last time I checked, Kanyama Phiri was my fellow Tumbuka. Some tumbukas don’t feel good to be known as Tumbukas. Why? I am proudly Tumbuka. Never asked to be one. It just happened….and I am proud of that.

  9. Nyovest says:

    Kulamba(Chewa, no party colours at the function), umthetho(Nguni,no party colours) these are true traditional groupings, on the other hand
    Mulhakho(lhomwes) full of ddp attires even ddp rallies u find full of mlakho wa lhomwe gears this means mulhakho is dpp members vice versa

  10. KARU UNITED says:

    I find the whole CHEFO concept to be absurd, why should a certain section of people in Malawi, pay homage, or allegiance to some chief, in another country? Colonial mentality. Mudzalanditsa dziko. Someone misled the Chewas of Malawi on this. Dzuka m’Chewa dzuka!

    1. Souja says:

      @ kalu united,Ma border inayikidwa kumene ndi azungu poyamba kunalibe zoti zambia,malawi people were just living as kingdoms..STD 3 history.

  11. Spider says:

    Thumb up Airtel. A very good gesture, hope other companies will emulate this good behaviour, well done.

  12. OBSERVER says:

    WASTE OF MONEY – NO IMPACT – PROMOTE IDOLISM & PROMOTE HIV/AIDS

  13. Kaka says:

    Proud to be a Chewa. Eni dziko

  14. B. Mangulama says:

    Ife anguru sitimadandaula ayi olo mutiimane ma change anuwo kkk. We can get money 💵 even from NAC. Zikavutitsitsa timapakula nawo zaboma zomeezo. Eeetu eeee amangwetu pamenepo mudziwe. Tsoka la gwera a T/A chikulamayembe ndi mnzake wa yimbi yu mukumati mteme mwakasungura kkkk wolanda ufumu kwa a Mwanyongo yu kkk

  15. Alex says:

    Waste of money,why cant u donate regularly to hospitals,prisons,orphanages etc!mukutenga madzi amndowa kukataya mnyanja?

  16. Thitherward 'wendo says:

    Well done, Airtel. Your support for our traditional ceremonies is to be commended.

    However, this would be a good for us to think about what place our cultural traditions have in our lives today. It seems to me that a few colourful ceremonies are all we have left. The behaviour, attitudes and values that were common to our cultures were redefined and circumscribed during the colonial period, and we were left struggling to fit ourselves into the Europeans’ cast-off cultural kaunjika.

    The early missionaries, despite their good intentions, could find no ‘Good News’ in any of our cultures. They did not look for any because they believed that they themselves carried all the ‘Good News’ that was necessary. The Europeans of the late 19th century believed that they were ‘lighting a lamp to illuminate the dark continent’. However, modern Europeans would probably call these actions of their ancestors ‘cultural genocide’.

    During the period of the British administration, our forefathers and mothers were encouraged to adopt the cultural norms of the dominant and domineering culture, that of the British. Nothing of the indigenous cultures was considered worth retaining. The baby was to be thrown out with the bathwater.

    However, it may not be too late to save the baby. Let us examine the present evils of corruption, dishonesty, selfishness, greed, laziness, aimlessness, exploitation, hopelessness, irresponsibility, etc. in the light of our cultural traditions. Let us rediscover what was best in our past, adapt it so that it is relevant and appropriate, and use it to combat what is worst in our present.

    This is not a call to return to outmoded attitudes and behaviour. It is a call to bring our traditions back to life. Traditions should be living, changing, growing, adapting features of all aspects of our lives. Let us rediscover what it means to be Proudly Malawian.

  17. Charter says:

    I think these ethnic heritage groups are polarizing the nation – more so when companies such as Airtel funds them. For once, it appears valuable to belong to one tribe than the other. Yet Malawi is such a small plot of land on the globe (or, even continent). It’s high time funding was directed causes for national unity and development.

  18. Zidura Mtengo Undigwere says:

    All cultures and cultural groups in Malawi can use some financial help from Airtel.
    The company should complete its circle of responsibility by also supporting others. Namely, the Sena, Yao, Ngonde, Tumbuka and ALhomwe. Not just the Ngoni and Chewa, predominant in the Center.
    No favoritism Aitel, please. We are all Malawians!

  19. zabwino says:

    Zili bwino nabola a Airtel musayambe kusala mitundu ina ikabwera monga ife amtundu wa a Malinyero amene timapezeka Nkhotakota ndi Salima.

  20. yathu says:

    This is good. CHEFO, UMTETHO, MULHAKO WA ALHOMWE WOYEEEEEEEE!

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