Members of Muslim Women Organization in Zomba were stunned when social commentator and comedian Michael Usi popularly known as Manganya became a surprise guest during their Ijtema event on Saturday.
Usi, who is Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) Malawi Country Director, was a surprise guest at the three-day Ijtema event held at Zomba Islamic High School which focused on sensitizing women on environmental conservation and management.
The comedian could not believe the overwhelming reception given by the frenzied crowd which was thunderstruck by his presence; and minced no words by applauding them for their conservative dressing.
He was the centre of attraction even from passersby as part of the audience could not resist it but jumped on opportunity to take pictures of the comedian who fitted in very well with his dressing ofThobe (long robe worn by Muslim men) and Ghutra also known as shemagh or kuffiyeh (head scarf).
A former Muslim himself but now an Adventist, Usi was so eloquent with Muslim teachings and scriptures, and seized opportunity to inspire the gathering- solely composed of Muslim women- to take leading role in conserving the environment aside from tackling HIV and Aids issues.
He noted that women play critical role in religion and the society, therefore there is a need for them to champion initiatives that focus on improving people’s livelihood.
“I should applaud Muslim women in this country for being exemplary on dressing. I should also commend your work on environment. My organization deals with issues of environment and climate change. I therefore pledge to support such initiatives to ensure people’s lives are improved,” said Usi who donated K500, 000 cheque to the organization.
“Continue being peaceful people. And it’s my sincere prayer that you should continue taking leading role and teaching others on issues of environment and HIV and Aids.”
Manganya is the brain behind famous TV soap Tikuferanji which was in previous years been aired on MBC television but now it is being aired on privately owned Times television.
Ijtema is an Islamic congregation organized by Islamic organizations in association with the millions of Muslims. It is an essential part of the Tablighi Jamaat around the world as it plays a significant role on the lives of Muslims, and a huge number of people engage in Ijtema.