First Lady opens up: Born-again Christian, met Chakwera during Scom meetings in college

First Lady Monica Chakwera has spoken for the first time with the media narrating her inspirational story of a typical Malawian girl who grew up in the remote of Mwazisi in northern region’s district of Rumphi.

First Lady Monica Chakwera

In an exclusive interview with Rainbow Television aired on Thursday, the calm and composed First Lady underlined that the story of her has always been defined by her relationship with God.

An accountant and a social worker by profession, a pastor and a mother of four, Monica Chakwera met the youthful Lazarus in the university during the Student Christian Organisation of Malawi (Scom)  meetings.

“He  [was at Chancellor College studying Theology and I was at Polytechnic  [Unviersity of Malawi constituent colleges] studying Business Administration. We first met during series of SCOM meetings. I was a born again and he, too, was,” she said.

In her 42 years of marriage, Monica Chakwera—who is a professional accountant and confidently says ‘I am very good at money issues’, has worked in a number of international organizations as an accountant.

Some of them include: British Council, Irish Aid, Delloite, Icrisat and several others.

On her upbringing, Madam Chakwera—who enjoys nsima, the country’s staple food ade from maize flour with  there’re (Okra), shares the story of most girls in Malawi. She grew up in Mwazisi in Rumphi, struggled with fees and, at one point; Save the Children organisation came to her rescue.

“I thank God that He gave me the grace and favour to come this far. I am really indebted to Him for that,” she said,  adding that: “the first time I left village was when I was going to begin secondary school at Likuni Girls Secondary School.”

As a human being, Madam Chakwera says she has had her moments of pain and disappointment but thanks God that she has a great a family – now the first couple and first family at Plot Number One.

“My children have never given me sleepless nights. They are well bred and I am thankful for that. One of the happiest moments in my life was to see all my children get married. Their weddings were immaculate,” she said.

On her role as a First Lady, Madam Chakweta  said she already has a Foundation that has been running for years.

“My passion is with street kids. I have done so much to help and I am excited that I will do more. I also have interest in the girl child, we need to contain early marriages,” she said.

Thokozani Chiromo, a woman living in the high density Mtandire Township, said she listened to the  interview and was inspired by the First Lady’s story.

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Stimela
1 month ago

what a wonderful story

Stimela
1 month ago

Wonderful story..

Jonathan Mbenu
Jonathan Mbenu
1 month ago

Dr Lazarus Chakwera never studied Theology at Chancellor College he was doing liberal studies he studied theology in South Africa and that was after graduating from
Chanco.

TAY GRIN
TAY GRIN
1 month ago

What a beautiful story mama………ndamva nanu kukoma, Ambuye akutsogoleleni!

Michael 11c
Michael 11c
1 month ago

First lady uyu ndi wasukulu osati mbamva ina ija yachoka ija

Nicholous
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael 11c

Kikikikiki ndipo, ndipo

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
1 month ago

I believe it is GOD’s hand

Nixon Mzakwacha
Nixon Mzakwacha
1 month ago

Malawi now has a second wise visionary first Lady from zcarrista Muthatika. Request the two to get United and really see the girl child on the streets of Malawi.And in schools.Most girls fail to go further because of fees..Pleade note,primary schools now we pay fees indirectly,they call DEVELOPMENT FUND,most of us cant manage.I also urge the current President to cease Development feed immediatly, Thank you very much and congratulations for being at Plot#1….you Your Excellency Madam,contributed much to the Predodent hence he is now MG1.. Wish you well 24/7&hope one day to call appointment meet you. Regards, Nixon Mzakwacha. +27724932299… Read more »

Antimatter
Antimatter
1 month ago

May the good lord the almighty give you wisdom and strength to resist all temptations of greed and pride from Satan.

ERUTU
ERUTU
1 month ago

Humble and Passionate she is 💪🏾🇲🇼

China
China
1 month ago

Looks mayi wa khalidwe ozichepetsa osati za calista and Gertrude dyela basi. Good luck mayi Chakwera

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