Ma Blacks to perform at Mchinji Ngoni’s fundraising show: Target K5m for N’cwala ceremony

Mchinji Ngoni Heritage Association  (MNGOHA) has orgazined a fundraising show on Friday with Malawi’s reggae power house the Black Missionaries and Anthony Makondetsa to fundraising for the  N’cwala Traditional Ceremony.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, MNGOHA Public Relations Officer Brian Banda Sibande said the grouping is targeting to raise about K5 million kwacha they will enable them attend the cerebrations.

“The show is one way of planning the annual N’cwala Traditional Ceremony activities in conjunction with our Zambian counterparts for the past two years. This includes initiating fundraising activities to source transport, food and accommodation for the traveling Impis.

“We have brought in the spirit of self-reliance among Mchinji Ngonis, they now understand the importance of taking part developmental issues and contribute towards the key areas of need for special functions such as transport, food etc for special events. With the Black Missionaries, we are going to g to reach our target,” he said.

The show with be held at Uncle Vic Night Club in Mchinji.

The group acts as a uniting factor for Mchinji Ngonis from the three kraals of Senior Chief Mlonyeni Jere, Chief Zulu Jere and Chief Nyoka Thole to ensure we work together for the common goal.

“It is also a vehicle that encourages all subjects to respect our chiefs as they are our leaders in preserving the culture and helping them to safeguard our traditions and core values. Promoting and protecting our language. Attend and participate in meetings and contributing (materially or financially) towards special functions such as N’cwala Traditional Ceremony (cattles or equivalent) as per tradition. Coordinating affairs of the Mchinji Ngoni People on behalf of the chiefs. Promoting and protecting decisions and agendas of the chiefs in developmental activities,’ said Sibande.

The charges at the door are MK2500 or ZK50 per person.

N’cwala Traditional Ceremony  takes place every February at a place called “Mtenguleni” in Zambian eastern district of Chipata.

The function is attended by Ngonis and people of other ethnic groups from countries like Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa and the host, Zambia.

The function is presided over by his Royal Highness, Paramount Chief Mpezeni and is a celebration marking the first harvest and Ngoni’s appreciation to almighty God for the rains.

MNGOHA works under the three Ngoni Chiefs of Mchinji namely; Mlonyeni Jere, Zulu Jere and Nyoka Thole

The association works hand in hand with sister groups such as Mzimba Heritage (MZIHA) under Paramount Chief Mbelwa, through the attendance of the annual Umtheto Ceremony at Hora Mountain in Mzimba and with the Maseko Ngonis (under Paramount Chief Gomani), through the attendance of festivals such as Imbizo and Umhlangano in Ntcheu district.

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