The gift I received after my guest lecture at Limkokwing Ls.
I have always been a silent admirer of the Kingdom of Lesotho also known as The Kingdom in the sky! My love for the country dates from my early days in the tourism industry when I decided to know more about the countries in the SADC Region which fall under the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA). When I did my study of the 15 member states, one country was a must visit for me, that was Lesotho!
Malawi’s population is predominantly young. In 2014 it was recorded that two thirds of the population were under 25 years of age. Despite this, the demographics of the Parliament of Malawi reflects that of Africa as a whole, where the average age of the population of Africa is 19, but the average age of politicians is 65. There is a high turnover of MPs in the National Assembly, but few young people – under the age of 40 - standing for seats.
In November 2016, CPA UK, in collaboration with the British High Commission and CPA Scotland delivered a programme for a selection of young Members at the National Assembly of Malawi and aspiring politicians. The programme explored good parliamentary practice and procedure and addressed topical areas of issue-based campaigning and barriers to youth engagement in politics.
Around the world there is a growing interest in youth and politics. Some political groups are changing to respond to the growing number of young people who want to affect the political system. Political ideologies appealing to youth that were once considered “fringe” beliefs are becoming mainstreamed, and more young people are associating themselves with non-popular political parties. More young people than ever before are actually becoming engaged in local community campaigns and other political activities. Youth can change the world through politics by becoming actively, meaningfully and substantially involved throughout political parties and beyond.
We have recently witnessed several young people ascend to presidency but also become influential in the running of the affairs of their countries.
So when you travel and look at your usual environment, you hear all sorts of things about your place and sometimes you feel like you do not know a lot about it. This is how I feel about Malawi right now.
I am forcing myself to understand few things about Malawi that has made it the country it is today.
My research starts with with this timeline of events officially compiled by the BBC.
I find a lot of things here fascinating and I am trying to understand how these events led to setting up our habits and shaping our beliefs.
Dennis Imaan is a Global Citizen born and currently staying in Malawi. He loves to share his experiences and lessons with others. Travel, Tourism, Innovations, Media and Youth development are close to his heart.