The Student – Malawi’s first print magazine whose stories encompass student related issues for all learning institutions in the country – will now start publishing monthly considering the tremendous growth in its readership, the magazine’s management team has disclosed to Nyasa Times.
“Our circulation has almost tripled to 15 000,” The Student Media Chief Executive Vasco Madhlopa said.
He added: “Previously, we were publishing the magazine quarterly but beginning January the editions will come in monthly.”
The Student, according to Madhlopa, is also read internationally by subscribers.
The magazine whose last edition took head-on the four presidential candidates contesting for the country’s top most seat in next year’s tripartite elections on their visions for the Malawi education sector, will in its January issue tackle the hot-button issue of cash-gate and how it has affected students in the country.
Analytical articles on the shooting of budget director for the country’s Ministry of Finance have also claimed space in the magazine – that has been printed in full colour for the two issues that have so far been published.
According to Madhlopa, branches are going to be opened not only in all of the country’s universities and selected secondary schools but also in the cities of Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Zomba and Blantyre.
“We want it to be a household name,” he said. “It is a magazine about dreaming, achieving and inspiration. It is a must read for all students as it also relays information on international scholarships and opportunities for students.”
The magazine’s project advisors include decorated youthful Malawian engineer Dr Mathews Mtumbuka, entrepreneur Henry Kachaje, writer Sambalikagwa Mvona and Times Group arts and entertainment editor Temwani Mgunda, among others.