Minister of education, science and technology Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano has urged writers to document Malawi history as a way of preserving culture for future historical and academic references.
The minister made the call following the launch of Reverend Dr. Billy Gama’s books at Wamkulu palace in Lilongwe.
Fabiano described the two books as historical, saying “Know your synod” tells the history of CCAP Blantyre Synod while “Secularisation in Malawi and Britain: A comparative Inquiry” book depicts how Malawi has been influenced by Britain.
“There are so many reasons why people write. Some people write to entertain, educate and others write to earn a living among other things. Reading through the two books, I noticed that these are historical books based on research. These books are very informative and could be used as reference material,” Fabiano explained.
The education minister further urged Malawi to embrace the reading culture and support writers in the country.
“This Government is committed to supporting writers. The President has showed political will by signing four books which will be auctioned this evening,” he added.
In his remarks, Rev. Dr. Billy Gama encouraged other writers to share ideas through writing and publishing.
He challenged: “We need to write to share ideas. Everyone has ideas but if we don’t share, they will die with us. Of course, not everyone is a writer. You can write a diary and give it to someone else to write for you.”
The former Presidential advisor on religious affairs also revealed that the books have been published by Pakachere series and the books will soon be uploaded online.
Malawi Writer’s Union (MAWU) President Sambalikagwa Mvona hailed Government for creating a conducive environment for writers to write freely.
“For more than 20 years writers have suffered in this country. Writers who criticised government used to be threatened and others were sent into exile hence the reading and writing gap. Dr. Gama’s book launch is a sign of good things to come. I would like to ask other writer’s to emulate this example,” Mvona appealed.
At the launch, the four books signed by President Professor Peter Mutharika: two “Secularisation in Malawi and Britain: A comparative Inquiry” books were auctioned at K80, 000 each while the two “Know your Synod” books were auctioned at K30, 000 and K35, 000 each.
“Secularisation in Malawi and Britain: A comparative Inquiry” and “Know your Synod” are being sold at K10, 000 and K5, 000 respectively.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :