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.
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Meeting the Countess of Wessex
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Lately, I have had conversations with several businesses owners regarding the usefulness of Facebook for their businesses. One thing I have discovered is that when most small business owners get started in their business, they generally don’t realize that selling plays a major role in their profits. No matter the product, service, or free content, customers won’t just find your company by chance. Never! You have to be very strategic in the way you approach the selling and marketing of your company. Sales are absolutely vital to the success of your business.
Luckily, social media has made this process much easier for small businesses. And Facebook, with more than 2 billion monthly active users, Facebook is the most popular social network worldwide making it the leader of all social media platforms to exponentially grow your company.
Take a look at these results, according to Pew Research conducted in 2016:
I have seen several parents on my social media timeline congratulating their lads for being admitted into several colleges and universities in Malawi. For some it is not the first time, while for some its their first child to go to college. One thing is certain, for most of the lads, its the first time they will be far from home in a whole new environment from when they were in secondary school.
I had that time for 3 years. I was a freshman in college for 3 years in, 3 colleges, 3 cities and I have some experience being in your position or kid's position.
Most of these lads will not see this, but if your sibling is going to college and you happen to see this post, share it with them because they will need it.
So lets go straight into the real things,
Last Sunday, I had a rare privilege of being hosted Live on Power98.7 FM SA's by Pabi Moloi, inside a feature called "Across the Continent" from 07:42- 8:00 Am inside POwer Breakfast show.
I was speak about the concept of breaking borders in the continent the case of Kufewa Acrobatics & my journey from Malawi to Lesotho & back to SA and other trips with the youth of Malawi that I travel within the continent, the challenges & experience in the different country borders.
Here is part of the interview.
Photo opp in the studio with Pabi Moloi the host!
Get the Interview here. LISTEN
And here is the last part of the interview. LISTEN
We took it social afterwards.
It looks like we are free but the truth is we are caged in our own inaction! We need to do better as young people of Malawi!
Sometime I look at my Country Malawi and am ever convinced from the many discussions and arguments I have listened to and been part of that our biggest problem is POLITICS.
Here is the funny part though, It appears that everyone knows the problem with Malawi and we all have the solutions but NO ONE wants to be the one to finally put the solutions to work!
We can not just complain about politics and hoping one day good politicians will appear from somewhere (Heaven) and still continue to call politics a dirty game which we can not play in.
What is a dirty game when you have taken a week without bathing or washing because you are waiting for the players to clean the water they are bathing in as you watch them bath?
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.