A Chiradzulu based 10-year-old-girl who was awarded for showing relentless love, compassion and bravery towards her critically ill mother became the centre of attraction and admiration among the patrons who thronged New State House in Lilongwe to attend MBC’s annual ‘Our People, Our Pride’ ceremony held Thursday night.
The story and (imaginary) video clips of the girl, Ndiuzayani stunned the audience for her courage and love when she was shown taking her critically ill mother around 3a.m. on her back to the hospital situated about three kilometers from Mpama village in the district.
According to the mother, who also said could not believe that she was carried to the hospital by her small daughter, said she remembers that they met two hyenas on their way to the clinic but to her surprise the daughter made sure that her mother reached the hospital to receive the treatment.
The story which sent many patrons into tears as it was being narrated also attracted instant comments from various social networks including Facebook.
Writing on the wall of her Facebook page Neema Kandoje, said: “Imagine mwana wa zaka 10, kuwabeleka mai ake 3am ulendo nawo ku chipatala.. very touching story for real eeish”.
Another one, Arthur Chikondi Mmanga said “Can almost make[you] cry!”
Above all Ndiuzayani was the only one beamed to have a hand shake from President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Other people who received the awards are Kelvin Maliwa, a Mulanje based limbless man who repairs radios using his mouth. His story was published in the Big Issue Magazine and Nyasa Times .
The 34 year old was born with no hands and disabled legs and could not attend formal schooling, but now has become a radio repair man. Because he lacks two healthy hands, he mends radios using his mouth and a home-made tool kit.
“I used to watch with keen interest as my friend was repairing radios. Little by little I started learning some parts of radio sets and how to diagnose a fault. Before I started repairing radios people always thought of me as a beggar. But now all this has changed. They refer to me as the radio repair man and not the disabled man,” Maliwa was quoted in the Nyasa Times story.
Maliwa never attended a technical training school, yet what he learned at the workshop was enough for him to establish his own business. He is now able to fend for himself and contribute to the development of the village.
The awards also went to a 20-year-old boy who struggled with and killed a marauding leopard which was about to kill his younger brother when they were in the bush in Rumphi district; an inmate at Mzimba prison Misheck Gondwe who passed MSCE with ten points despite studying under harsh conditions.
Others are Cecilia Lesoni a lady who had brought solar energy at Chitala Villge in Salima district.
William Kamkwamba who is internationally known as “the boy who harness the wind” after he innovated a wind mill using the dynamo at the age of 14 in his village in Kasungu; and Hens Chimombo a man whose innovations has helped residents of Chilombwe Township in Blantyre to have access to clean water.
In his two minutes speech President Mutharika appealed to Malawians to have a spirit of appreciating good work done by others especially those that are done to assist others.
“I want also to assure you that 2012 will be free from the challenges that have faced the country this year”, he said without elaborating.
The annual event largely seeks to award ordinary Malawians which had done extraordinary works in assisting others.
Among other prizes, the awardees received MK100, 000 each from management of Maranatha Girls Academy and a Bicycle each from Mulli Brothers.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :