Malawians living in Derby, England have formed an association to provide a platform for social-economic cooperation and networking of members.
The group, to be affiliated to the Malawi Association (UK), is set to empower its members to engage with people from other communities by promoting cooperation in a multicultural society.
Speaking when they established their committee, convener Jeremiah Nyirenda observed that the population of Malawians living in Derby is increasing and there was need to come up with an association.
“The association will help its members in times of need. When people are in problems they need family to be with them and this group provides that forum.”
He said plans are underway to formally register the association and launch it in August this year.
“ We are working closely with other regional organisations to make sure this group is a success”.
Gerald Namwaza, former Business Editor for The Times Group, observed that the association was formed at the right time when Malawi government has launched a Diaspora Policy Document to coordinate the initiatives of Malawians.
“There are so many investment opportunities in Malawi which we are not aware of and this group can help organise investor forums to help members channels their resources to meaningful economic projects,” he said.
In 2003, the number of those living in central Derby was estimated at 20 but as of last year the number has gone well over 80 and is expected to increase.
There are two Malawian run churches in the city that enjoys patronage across people of all cultural backgrounds.
According to BBC Derby Radio, the city has very close links with Malawi with many high profile people from the southern African nation obtaining degrees at Derby University.
Derby is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands region of England. It lies upon the banks of the River Derwent and is located in the south of the county of Derbyshire. Its close proximity to Nottingham offers Malawians a wider shopping berth.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :