Journalist Mzati challenges Mzuni arts students to be creative

Veteran journalist and social commentator Mzati Mkolokosa has challenged students pursuing degrees in various arts disciplines at Mzuzu University (Mzuni) to be “creative enough,” arguing the world today needs the arts more than ever.

Nkolokosa: Be creative

Nkolokosa: Be creative

Mkolokosa, who works for the Development Broadcasting Unit (DBU) — a programme run on state run Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) — told fourth year students doing Bachelor of Arts (Education) Monday that they needed to make their field of study “relevant” to the world today.

“Countries that are advancing economically today including Japan are making it because they have been able to give basic arts background to their young before they can switch on to science disciplines,” he argued.

He corroborated his argument with a revelation that he was now upping his studies at College of Medicine despite the fact that he has a totally arts background.

“I’ve an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master of arts in literature but I’m now into the sciences at the College of Medicine. What I’m saying is that we in the arts can penetrate in other fields and make our discipline more relevant,” he said.

He urged students who are pursuing the Theatre for Development (TfD) course to think “outside the box” when engaging the arts on issues of national development in the country.

Mzuni’s arts lecturer and  playwright Misheck Banda hailed Mkolokosa for “coming at the right time” as the world was only thinking the science and technology direction presently with a disregard towards the arts.

Mzuni is one of the Malawi’s public universities with an enrollment of over 3 000 students. Of these, a majority belongs to the faculty of education which comprises the departments of languages and literature as well as theology.

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6 thoughts on “Journalist Mzati challenges Mzuni arts students to be creative”

  1. Bernard Banda says:

    That’s commendable work Mr. Banda, Mzati is a reputable pillar in journalism and broadcasting . I regard him as a reservoir of wisdom.My concern is however on how to create a conducive environment for Mzuni students to think outside the box….its possible, involve them, let them suggest their views and take it from there…..otherwise I give credit to such initiatives.

  2. COM5 says:

    Science yake iti ukupanga pa COM moya iwee?? Public health si science yomachita kudalira…bwera ku MBBS, Pharmacy Phyzo or MLS uzaone science yeniyeni. zachamba eti

  3. levelheaded says:

    The truth is that these are the days of science no matter how you can deny it. Bachelor of arts lero? Mukathera pa bolodi basi (chalkmen).

  4. tukwete says:

    Would you pliz take your time one day and go to ulongwe cdss to lecture the students there as one of the alumini of that school? Ana adzakondwere kuti sukulu yawo inatulutsa munthu wodziwika bwino ngati abwana!

  5. Mnyamata wa nzeru says:

    Another idiot!!

  6. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    Learning, especially in the fast changing world regarding knowledge and an always evolving economy, should be continuous. Whether it is in one’s original chosen field or not. Just as this attitude improves the individual, it also improves the family, the community etc. No doubt.
    One should NOT necessarily let oneself get stuck in the same “specialty” for life.
    Indeed, diversifying one’s course load at university should be encouraged: even many years ago, when some of us did our undergraduate programs elsewhere, the institutions were already saying those programs should, if anything, open up even other academic opportunities.
    Osangokhala phwii. Many people will find themselves switching, even professions, at least once in their lifetime. That is the modern world, abale inu.
    So, Nkolokosa’s thinking is with the current curve, no less.

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