Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) innovation awards will be an annual event, the national broadcaster’s director general Aubrey Sumbuleta has said.
The inaugural innovation awards ceremony was held last weekend at the College of Medicine sports complex in Blantyre which was graced by President Peter Mutharika.
The President encouraged the spirit of innovation among Malawians as that can lead to finding solutions to the problems that the country is currently going through instead of specializing in finger pointing.
Mutharika gave an example of the science and technology innovation award winner who invented the Padoko phone charger which derives its energy from a motion bicycle saying this is a feasible solution to the problem of electricity absence in the rural areas.
MBC Director General, Aubrey Sumbuleta said the awards ceremony is one way of taking their duty beyond the average of educating, informing and entertaining but rather inspiring.
“The awards are meant to inspire those that are doing great in society to do more and provoke those that have not started yet as one way of fortifying joint efforts in promoting our national development,” explained Sumbuleta.
The innovation awards ceremony saw the recognition of 10 great sons and daughters of the land who are advancing in a special way the work of environment, sports, agriculture, arts and science, education, science and technology, large scale entrepreneurship, small scale entrepreneurship, disability and health.
One Sautso Ndalama, who won the disability award for his breathtaking skill in the music industry working as a DJ by using his feet since he does not have hands, won the innovator of innovators award.
The awardees got beautiful trophies, certificates, money prizes of K500,000 each while the top winners got K1million and also a one month long visit to Egypt and China.
Realizing the importance in economic and general development, the ceremony enjoyed the support and sponsorship from the corporate world with companies like Malawi Postal and Telecommunication (MPTC), Press Trust, Mulawe Cooking Oil, Blantyre Water Board, ESCOM, TEVETA, Malawi Institute of Management (MIM), MACRA and many more financing the event.
According to MBC, the innovation awards which were being held for the first time will be an annual event.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :