While living away from their homes of origin and currently dwelling in the towns, Maseko Ngonis have organised a get together party, slated for 27 March, 2016 to be held in Lilongwe at Government Primary School ground.
According to Fred Chinkondenji the organizing chairperson the event has been organised to allow people who only chat on the social media to interact and dine together.
“We have lots of Masekos on the Whatsapp and Facebook, but they neither physically know each other nor participate in the events in our societies, this time we want to face them. They have financially contributed which has enabled this event to take place.”
Chinkondenji further said that the function is expected to be attended by over four hundred people both from the social forums and those on the ground.
He continued that, “We are working tirelessly to preserve our cultural values despite living distances away from home. People must not forget to dance Ngoma, Uyeni, Nkhwendo and Ligubo.”
Chinkondenji pointed out that most of Ngonis tend to copy foreign cultures more especially those living in towns a thing which has seen Ngoni cultural values getting eroded.
“Modernisation is killing our cultural values and beliefs. This is one factor we are concerned with hence the major agenda of organizing this gathering to revamp and impart in the Ngoni youngsters the real Ngoni way of living.”
Chinkondenji then called upon parents to ensure that their children are allowed to participate in the Ngoni cultural forums both on social media and on the local venues available in all towns.
The function is expected to be attended by Maseko ngoni from Mzuzu, Blantyre, Mwanza, Dedza, Dowa Balaka, and Lilongwe chapters and will be graced by Andrew Kamlopa Chisale, the new broom of Maseko Ngoni Lilongwe chapter chairmanishp.
He added, “Distinguished guests like Doctors, Professors, Members of Parliament and Traditional Authorities have been kindly invited to come and participate. Ngoni books, cloths, poems and history will be available and recited on the day. ”
Asking him what positive impacts the social media has since registered Chinkondenji said that, “We have teachers of Isizulu or Isingoni on the forums who have already taken us far in terms of communicating in our Ngoni language. Now people can greet and talk proudly in Isingoni something which was not there before the existence of this forum. We commend out teachers for job well done.”
Rhoda White, responsible for dressing style on the day told the reporter that this function is one of the most colorful Maseko Ngoni events in the history.
“We are complementing what our senior leaders are doing on the ground, we need to dress in the Ngoni style which many have recently abandoned for foreign dressing styles,” said White adding one of the key agendas of the forums is to ease communication.
“We attend, funerals, cheer the sick in the hospitals once communication on the forum comes. Every Maseko Ngoni is therefore encouraged to come to the function to interact, this will cement our relationship,” she observed.
This initiative comes at a time when Inkosi ya Makhosi Gumede, Mswati Willard Gomani V, has been touting for unity of all Maseko Ngonis from Mozambique, Tanzania and host Malawi to rekindle Isizulu language and other cultural values.
Maseko Ngonis hold their annual cultural function at Nkolimbo in Ntcheu called ‘Ulmhlangano’ on the first Saturday of September.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :