Scotland’s former First Minister and members of Malawi’s Commonwealth Games team today celebrated the strong Scotland-Malawi links at an event in Glasgow.
Jack McConnell was joined by Team Malawi at the first ever ‘Pop-Up Malawi House’ at Strathclyde University Union to help raise awareness of the 155 year old partnership between the two nations.
The Malawi House helped promote Malawi as a top destination for tourism with guests invited to taste Malawi products, try on traditional chitenje outfits and even have their photo taken with a seven-foot zebra.
Pride of Britain winner and school meals campaigner, Martha Payne, was also at the event with friend and Malawian Unicef Youth Ambassador, Monica Dzonzi, who started the Commonwealth Baton Relay with Sir Chris Hoy in London last year.
Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs and International Development, HumzaYousaf, was also at the event to show his support for the Scotland-Malawi links.
David Hope-Jones, Principal Officer for the Scotland Malawi Partnership, said: “It’s fantastic to see the diverse and extensive links between Scotland and Malawi come together to celebrate this great partnership.
“We were so pleased to be able to share this event with Team Malawi and have them a part of the celebration between our two nations.”
The Scotland Malawi Partnership is the umbrella organisation which exists to inspire the people and organisations of Scotland to be involved with Malawi in an informed, coordinated and effective way so that both nations benefit.