Mulhako wa Alhomwe back this year: 2017 theme on empowering the youth

Mulhako wa Alhomwe comes back October 29 this year at the usual place Mulhako wa Alhomwe Head Quarters at Chonde in Mulanje with the mission of empowering the youth.

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Mulakho wa Alhomwe dance .-Photo Jeromy kadewere

This is an annual celebration where people learn a lot about the Lhomwe culture that includes Lhomwe language, customs and beliefs as well as Lhomwe history.

Mulhako wa Alhomwe National Publicity Chairperson, Dickson Makhumba said, gone were the days people used to say the youth are the leaders of tomorrow hence this year’s theme of the event which says “Empowering the youth”.

“This year’s function is of great importance mainly as we are promoting this year’s theme Lhomwe’s leadership would want to see our youth being empowered financially and knowledge wise so that together we can develop our mother Malawi,” said Makhumba.

He further said the Lhomwes are well known for co-existing with other tribal groupings due to their peace loving spirit so they have lined up a number of activities that will start with dancing competition on 28th October.

“We expect more fireworks at this year’s function than the previous ones which will include traditional dances from other cultural groups in and outside Malawi. A lot of traditional foods, beer and sweet beer will be available besides having pavilions that will display cultural stuff,” he said.

He added that there will also be awards given to some Malawians that rendered their service to the nation.

According to Makhumba, funds for organizing this year’s and previous events are sourced through contributions by the Lhomwe’s themselves and other well-wishers.

He said Mulhako wa Alhomwe has been helping in the promotion of government development agenda including reduction of some harmful cultural practices that were endangering lives of people such as kulowa kufa, fisi and others.

“We promote the girl child to stay in school so that the next generation should be well educated and become financially independent by getting good jobs while others will be creating the jobs.

“We have also been helping the needy across the country without cultural limitations like during the floods the Mulhako grouping donated assorted items to the affected,” said Makhumba.

He added that through a research which was conducted by UNESCO, it has shown that their culture has put Malawi on the global map where showed that Soopa traditional dance has helped to attract tourists and investors.

Mulhako wa Alhomwe is a cultural grouping which was established by the Late Malawi President, Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika some ten years back with an aim of bringing all the Lhomwes together.

Apart from inviting all the cultural groups in Malawi, they have also invited other guests from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Republic of South Africa and other neighboring countries to celebrate with them.

State President of Malawi, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika will grace the occasion as guest of honor.

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