Joyce Banda gets honorary citizenship of Nebraska State: ‘If you can’t go back home,  please look back’

Malawi’s former president Joyce Banda, founder of the People’s Party (PP) and the Joyce Banda Foundation, was invited by the Board of Midwestern African Museum of Art, Culture and Resource Center (MAMA) to officially inaugurate a newly-established Museum in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska State in the United States of America on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Banda delighted with Nebraska honour

Banda delighted with Nebraska honour

Banda singing the dotted lines

Banda singing the dotted lines

A lady taking pose with Joyce Banda

A lady taking pose with Joyce Banda

Joyce banda being welcomed at the  event

Joyce banda being welcomed at the event

Among dignitaries who welcomed Banda included Greg Sparling II, Lincoln Artist, Leirion Gaylor Baird- Chair of Lincoln City Council, Seth Mock, Founder, Midwestern African Museum of Art, Culture and Resource Center, Dr.  Natalie Hahn, President, Malaika Foundation, Mubanga Chongo-Ofafa- Board Chair, Midwestern African Museum of Art, Culture and Resource Center and Gorretty Ofafa, African Dance Artist.

In her speech, Banda encouraged members of the African community in Nebraska to love and support one another and that should opportunities arise, they must always remember ‘home’.

She said people in Africa face many challenges, including economic deprivation, hunger and civil strife and that any small contribution that Africans in Diaspora can make brings a lot of difference to the lives of many Africans.

“If you can’t go back, please look back,” said  Banda.

The former President was later in the evening treated to a dinner hosted by Dr.  Natalie Hahn, President, Malaika Foundation. At the dinner, Banda was presented with an honorary citizenship of Nebraska State.

She is the first African former President to have ever visited Nebraska, renowned for its exceptional warm hospitality for African refugees and immigrants.

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bob
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munthu osafunila anthu zabwino ,usabwele kuno khala konko ife kuvutika ndikwathu sitikukufuna kuno unalephela basi waphetsa anthu ambili bwampini wankazi

HE the Life President Mfuti Kasinja?
Guest
HE the Life President Mfuti Kasinja?

Mama kuphaka life kunja. mudzabwere tizakulandirani.

Gwadiola
Guest

A closer look at the picture shows that Joyce Banda is pregnant. Kaya akufaka mpweya mmenenu ndi ndani kaya. Surely Retired Justice Richard Banda cannot be responsible for this pregnancy. Kapena ndi mzungu? Komanso azungu ena inu, osamumvera chisoni Joyisi?

sabata
Guest

Honorary citizenship kikikiki koma a Malawi. We are receiving everything

Kelly Khumalo
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Tazingobwerani muzayambe kampeni ife tufuna nkhunda akalulu abakha umagawa aja zija unatipatsa tinakhwasula iyaaa Nebraska Nebraska ni vichi kuli nyika uku

Tanzania
Guest

Good for her,hope she is happy being there and pic 4 what happened,is she like you know

Villager
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I have never supported this woman neither sympathised with because she was one of the failed presidents of our motherland and the cashgate saga. One thing that i admire is her courage, strength and love for others-the disadvantaged.

Kayatu
Guest

I will remember her for bringing back our flag. There was also stability of water supply and electricity, medical assistance. She managed to stabilise the country after Bingu brought it to its knees. Otherwise, there was no real future with her, just mechanically running a machine.

Dowa
Guest

We should not be fooled. Recently we were told that she is coming to run for presidency now we are hesribgbyhis no sense. That time she thought Peter was dying . Now she is changing her mind.
What in the world to hear about honorary citizenship. In short they want yo us she has applied for asylum later she will apply for citizenship
Omama stay and die there nobody wants you here y

Awuzen kuti afana apa Salima
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Awuzen kuti afana apa Salima

iwe wafodya etiiiiii………

Almon
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mbuzi iwe uyambe iwe kumwalira, bwanji isakumwalira ntchewe yanu yabwera ndimukono umodzi iyi mupite muzikaifutsa kuti mukono wina wapita kuti? Yaphwanyidwa mutu siulendo umenewo, anthu talankhula kuti yafa bwanji siinayankhepo dzulo given 3 months no kulankhula

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