Gateway Mall hosts family gala in Malawi’s capital city

Children and parents from Area 47, 49 and other locations in Lilongwe had a rare occasion on Saturday, May 14, 2016, when Mpico Gateway Shopping Mall, through Ngabantu Global Event Management firm hosted a Family Gala at the business centre’s car park.

Kids enjoying jumping castle

Kids enjoying jumping castle

A girl poses with a mascot

A girl poses with a mascot

Kids at work

Kids at work

Lilongwe Community Choir entertaining the gathering

People playing pool during the gala

People playing pool during the gala

The Gala, which went from morning to evening was characterised by music, acrobatics, traditional dances, adult sports games, children games, face painting and several other social activities.

Amongst the adult sports games that were staged were netball and pool, which saw winning teams and individuals walking away with various prizes.

The Netball games were played at the newly launched Gateway Netball Court, which will be hosting games for the K8m Mpico Gateway Challenge and other competitive netball games.

Another centre of attraction during the festive was an Acapella music choir- Lilongwe Community Choir, which mesmerised the gathering with some nice songs.

Apart from the activities, there was a cash bar as well as some refreshments and a barbecue on sale.

According to Linda Mbekeyani of Global Event Management Limited, the purpose of organising the event was to bring together families that patronise the shopping centre and raise awareness about the country’s biggest shopping mall for both tenants and patrons.

“It was basically a family outing for father, mother and children. Men normally patronise drinking joints, where the family is not complete. We wanted to bring the whole family together in a social environment. Apart from bring families together, we were also promoting the Gateway Mall, which is the largest shopping mall in the country,” said Mbekeyani.

Mbekeyani thanked parents and guardians for coming with their children. “We have been particularly impressed with the large turn-out of children and will be organising more of such events in the coming days,” she said.

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3 thoughts on “Gateway Mall hosts family gala in Malawi’s capital city”

  1. Aluweka says:

    Bwande whats your point. ?? Comment number 1 what your point really ?
    The fact of the matter is that zikhale zonyasa or ayi atleast they made an initiative to bring families together and let them enjoy the facilities

    If there’s one reason Malawi is not going anywhere is the way we think…always politicizing or criticizing things. If these are below your standard let those happy to be there enjoy the facilities. Some of us are also outside Malawi and only visit home now and then but when we see things like these we appreciate them despite being exposed to them since our younger days

    Malawi is our country every little posistive thing must be applauded not criticized for the sake of doing it kuti inu muli kunja or have seen it before and better. I know most kids in my village in Nkhata Bay may have never been exposed to these, the fact that I have since I was a kid doesn’t mean I should be looking down on them and the facilities offered for that matter. I just get frustrated when every positive event or initiative is criticized or politicized

    1. Bwande says:

      @Aluweka, there is nothing like politicizing nor criticizing here. What you should understand is that the problem with us, Malawi as a nation is not lack of resources, but rather it is the poverty of the mind. One step to help change mindset is through awareness because the majority have no picture of what really life is supposed to be like. I am not saying the ones shown here are not good. I said in most cases.

      Don’t say this was an initiative, most likely it was a promotion of some business or business in itself. Our city assemblies abandoned there key responsibilities one of which them being ensuring quality basic family recreational facilities for all and also quality public transport. Have you ever come across a park of some sort in any neighborhood within Lilongwe city?? You can walk from one end to another of within the city without finding anywhere to sit down and rest.

      The thing is we are too backward and we don’t have to beat about the bush in the name of being positive. These things were suppose to be in public places, sourced and maintained by our own taxes and used by all. Period

  2. Bwande says:

    kunjaku these things like jumping castles are for free and in public places. In every neighborhood. Ku Malawi ndi business komanso zinthu zake zonyansa. Ana a munthu osauka ali pa mavuto. No wonder they is a big gap between the rich and the poor. If you are born in a poor family, yourhood development is screwed up and your future is doomed

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