Tumaini Festival: Cultural diversity, hope at Dzeleka Refugee Camp

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Homeland Security, Danken  Malowo  , has hailed this year Tumaini sixth edition festival, saying the occasion will helped people from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Malawi to come together and share ideas.

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Rudo Chakwera, one of the musicians at the festival

Speaking during the official  launch of this year’s Tumaini Festival at  Dzaleka in Dowa  last Saturday, Malowo  said  Tumaini  festivals  have  brought peace  and  harmony between  the  two nations.

“I have seen women from DRC making nice baskets that they are selling to help orphans within Dzaleka Camp and the baskets are really nice.

“I have seen some Malawian women who are also learning how to make these baskets, which means our roots are the same,” Malowo said.

In his remarks, Tumaini Festival founder, Menes La Plume said since the introduction of Tumaini festival, he was very impressed with the turnout   to the event.

“Let me thank the team I have been working with, it was an amazing team,” Plume said.

One of the fans who came from Salima, Mary Kaluwa said she was impressed with the organization of the festival.

“I really had fun, the sound of music was really good and the artists that performed here are good as well,” she said.

The festival was spiced up with the performances by Patience Namadingo, Soul Raiders Band, Suffix, Princess Chitsulo, Rudo Chakwera and many others.

Tumaini is a Swahili word meaning ‘Our hope’. And it is hope that the Tumaini Festival seeks to inspire when it is held annually at the Dzeleka Refugee Camp in Dowa. The festival comes on the first week of November every year.

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