Malawians in the United Kingdom will this Saturday July, 14 hold a family Independence family pomp feast at Forest Recreation grounds in Nottingham as the main event of this year’s 48th Independence Anniversary, the Malawi Association Midlands (MAM) in conjunction with Malawi Association (MAUK) organising the event have announced.
According to the organisers, Malawi’s renowned broadcast journalist now President Joyce Banda’s Press Officer , Brian Banda will be the director of ceremony at the gala dinner and dance. He will be assisted by actress Angela Ching’amba aka ‘Mayi Shumba’ to be held at the Boys Youth Club hall in Hyson Green.
MAM Secretary General Rowland Mahata told Nyasa Timesthat Malawians will gather at the Forest Fields grounds from 10:00 hours in the morning for a family entertainment which will include football, netball, barbeque, children games and traditional dances among other things.
“We have lined up activities that will carter for all ages. We are inviting all Malawians, friends of Malawi and all those interested to come and join us on this day as we celebrate Malawi’s 48th Independence celebrations in grand style. There will be lots of fun. Be there or be nowhere,” said Mahata.
Mahata said after an all day’s family entertainment the fun move to a hall from 7:00 pm for a dinner and dance. Beer and all other beverages will be served all night long until 3:00 am for a meagre charge of £10 per head.
Brian Banda who currently is on a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) study expedition said he is privileged yet so humbled for him to be part of the event saying he is always proud to be a Malawian.
Said Banda: “I am so humbled yet so honoured to be given this responsibility. I am always ready to do anything for my country and to be given this responsibility means a lot to me.”
Banda said is happy to be associated with the event as it will bring him closer to home adding that Malawians must always be proud of their country and always strive to live in peace and harmony as one people.
During the day’s event, Malawian football teams from Manchester, Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Peterborough, Luton, and Northampton will play in a football tournament and thereafter the best players from each Malawian participating team will be selected for international matches against Zimbabwe select team and Democratic Republic of Congo.
In the evening it will be a time for merrymaking and celebrating the Malawian style with Malawian DJ’s spinning Malawian music saying that there will also be traditional dances, poetry and stand-up comedy to spice up the evening.
Mahata said officials from the Malawi High commission and other distinguished dignitaries will attend the function.
“There will be Malawian traditional food also served in the house. The idea is to bring our memories from home alive. We are aware that there are some people who have been away from home for some time and we would like to refresh their memories with a Malawian way of celebrating.”
Ching’amba on the other hand assured those that will attend the function that it will be a night to remember.
Malawi Association UK chairperson Clement Chunga said his association gave Malawi Association Midlands the responsibility to host this year’s and that they are fully supporting them in everything that they are doing.
“Malawi Association Midlands are not doing this on their own, we are behind them and we will support them in whatever capacity to ensure that everything is fine,” said Chunga who attended MAM’s the main event preparatory meeting in Nottingham a fortnight ago alongside MAUK’s executive member and chairperson for Malawi Association in Leicester, Martin Guga.
Mahata is therefore appealing to Malawians and organisation willing to assist or be involved in the event to contact MAM’s chairperson Boniface Chimpango on 07876023605, director of entertainment George Mlanga on07887700875 and the General Secretary (Mahata) on 07861389698.
And all those wishing to communicate on issues affecting football must get in touch with Football organiser Balewa Mwalwanda on 07533151092 and for netball call women’s affairs secretary Ewe Chikoleka-Usoh on 07949905473.
“We are appealing for sponsorship and donations to Malawians, companies and organisations to support us with financial aid or in any way they can. We are also asking Malawians interested to perform during the event to get in touch.
Air Malawi Cargo London office has given the MAM financial support towards the event.
Making the financial assistance Air Malawi Cargo Services newly appointed UK manager Steve Msamala said his organisation is pleased to be associated with Malawians and everything they do.
“We are an indigenous Malawian company and a flag carrier therefore any Malawian become our priority and we urge Malawians in the UK to use Air Malawi Cargo services for efficient and quality service delivery, we are committed to serve Malawians and all people better in order to hoist the Malawian flag aloft,” said Msamala.
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