Parties for Malawi@50 in UK: Prayers, gig

The country with the largest Malawians diaspora in the Western Hemisphere is set to paint the United Kingdom black, red and green to commemorate the Warm Heart of Africa’s Golden Jubilee.

The Malawi High Commission in London, has announced that over 10 events are scheduled in all parts of the United Kingdom and might be extended to Ireland for all Malawians to attend marking the attainment of the country’s independence from the colonial British.

The official logo is a Golden 50, with Malawi Flag coming out of it and slogan: Malawi: The Warm Heart of Africa.

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Ma Blacks on UK tour
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“In his official State of the Nation Address to Parliament, His Excellency President Mutharika emphasised that we need to reset our agenda and focus on how we can move forward. UK has the largest Malawi population, by bringing them together, alongside those that have been friends of Malawi all along, we will celebrate our achievements which include peace, democracy and social development and we hope these events will allow all Malawians to network and rekindle their passion to change their motherland,” said publicity secretary of the main organising committee Kondwani Munthali.

Munthali said the events will kick off on June 25, 2014 with the official commemoration website going live and it is expected to give a platform to all Malawians, groups and associations to share their story of the past five decades.

“On June 28, 2014, we are all partying with Black Missionaries in Birmingham. This is s a dance we say “ali ndi mwana agwiritse”, we expect every Malawian, who wants the Malawian flavour of the celebrations to attend,” said Munthali.

From Birmingham, on 4th July, 2014 there is a Malawi Night from 7pm at Commonwealth Secretariat for £10 only in aid of Malawi Healthcare Services and another event Malawi Turns50 at Kingstone College where displays and works of Africa Vision Malawi will be part of the three hour show.

“The climax is on 5th July, 2014, that we can give people time to dance and rest. The official Golden Jubilee Reception will be held at the Hyatt Regency-The Churchill in London, while a Malawi@50 Party for Malawians will be held from 3.30pm at Kwacha House on 70 Winnington Road, Hampstead, London N2 0TX. There every Malawian or friend of
Malawi is invited, a free bar, barbecue, disco and show,” he said.

Those that will miss the Black Missionaries can catch them up in Manchester on the same Saturday evening.

On Sunday, 6 July, Christ Church in Leamington spa, near Northampton will host special Malawi Independence Day Service and Garden Party at 10am Christ Church, Leamington spa, CV31 1BA, Garden Party 1pm at 17 Vicarage Rd, CV32 7RH.

On Monday, the historical Westminister Abbey will host Evensong Prayers for Malawi from 5pm which are open to all.

“On July, 12, 2014, those in Scotland or North of England have a chance to share the longstanding friendship of Malawi and Scotland as football, barbecue and family events will be hosted by the Scotland-Malawi Partnership at David Livingstone Centre, in Blantyre,
Scotland. This is Malawi@50 in Scotland. The same weekend Black Missionaries are expected in Scotland,” he said.

The events so far are expected to close with Malawi Thanksgiving Prayers at Malawi House in London on the 19th July, 2014 from 7pm organised by Malawi Women Association and Apikanile Women.

An official poster exhibition and digital one will be mounted at most of the official events, depicting Malawi’s journey from David Livingstone, through John Chilembwe, Dr. Kamuzu Banda and to the present political, social, economic and development CDH Investment Bank will be at all venues to open diaspora accounts as official sponsors of the Malawi@50 party, while other sponsors include AB Sugar and Illovo Sugar, IDS and Scotland Malawi Partnership.

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