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Malawi Nyasa Times

Posted on 24 January 2012 | 5:02 pm by Malawi Current News

Nyasa Times: Online newspaper for Malawi including news, features, polls, photos, videos and comments. Go to the official Nyasa Times website.

Nyasa Times is an online news site providing Malawian news. It began reporting in late 2006. According to its own website it received "over 8 million hits per month" in 2010.
In 2009, the times were criticised for publishing a story alleging that president Bingu wa Mutharika had fallen into a coma. It later retracted the story. However, in 2010, three of the site's editors requested asylum in the UK, after reporting they would be deported to Malawi to face charges. Continue story here


Nyasa Times Editors Seek Asylum in Britain VOA

Editors of the privately owned online publication The Nyasa Times say they’re seeking political asylum. The editors -- based in Leeds -- say Malawi’s government has asked the British High Commission in Lilongwe to help send them home to face charges. Malawian officials deny the allegation.
The Nyasa Times has often been a thorn in the side of Malawi’s authorities and even media groups. The web paper is well known for its criticism of the Malawian government, in general, and President Bingu wa Mutharika, in particular. continue story here
Nyasa Times Managing Director, Edgar ChiwakaNyasaTimes Editor Thom Chiumia
Edgar Chibaka and Thom Chiumia  editors for the Nyasa Times

  Bingu attacks Malawi Nyasa Times as McCain and Obama attacked the Media.
 According to an article posted on the Nyasa Times website, Mr Bingu wa Mutharika, the Malawi President is quoted as saying: “The Nyasa Times has been part of the vilification campaign against me and my government. It has concentrated on tarnishing my image internationally for reasons which I don't know. Much focus has been on negatives only and not on positives about my government” Continue story here


Malawi paper under fire over false report
The Nyasa Times, an online newspaper allegedly published in the United Kingdom by Malawians, has come under fire for publishing a false story alleging that president Bingu wa Mutharika had suddenly fallen seriously ill and is in a coma. Continue story here


Nyasa Times Editor Thom Chiumia/Nyasa Times Twitter feed, click here 

MDF Formed by Nyasa Times Editors 
The Malawi Diaspora forum, which is the coming together of Malawians who are living is diaspora to  help tackle the many concerns about what is happening back home is proving to be giving Malawi President Bingu Mutharika some sleepless nights. The group which was formed in UK , has its coordinators in the name of renown Nyasa Times journalists Thom Chiumia and Edgar Chibaka. For more visit Chalo Mvula's Blog  here and Victor Kaonga  here

Nyasa Times Invited to Speak at St-Andrews University
Mr Thom Chiumia, Editor of the Nyasa Times, Coordinator of the Malawi Diaspora Forum invited to speak at University of St-Andrews about Malawi. For more information about the event click here to visit St-Andews University website.

Anti-Nyasa Time Journalism Blog
The Nyasa Times has to stop publishing articles that are not well written! The Nyasa times should stop publishing online articles that can not measure to journalistic standards. This is shameful for Malawians in the diaspora and shameful for Malawian journalists. Go to Anti-NyasaTimes Journalism Blog




Malawi authorities blocking Nyasa Times website

Mutharika and Mugabe

Mutharika: Using one option, to block the website
In what amounts to suffocation of freedom of expression, the Government of Malawi is blocking access to the Nyasa Times newspaper website. Read the full article here.
 

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Nyasa Times - Description: Nyasa Times is an online news site providing Malawian news founded by Edgar Chibaka who remains its Managing Editor assisted by Thom Chiumia.
















Immigration USA and Canada: Top 5 Fears

Posted on 23 August 2011 | 3:00 pm by Malawi Current News

1. Racism. Racism is real though many Canadians or Americans will not agree with this point. Many people and do not display it because they are scared to be labelled racists. Many immigrants are not happy at racial slurs or stereotypes that they encounter daily at work or school.


2.Poverty. Arriving in Canada or the USA does not forcibly mean that an immigrant is free from poverty. There are immigrants in the US lacking food to eat on a daily basis. Some of them rely on social aid for survival.
3.Deportation. Though this fear is not as common to immigrant with the American or Canadian nationality, these governments are strict on asylum seekers who misbehave. This fear causes many immigrants to be exemplary and law-abiding citizens. 
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4.Tragedy. After 'seeing death' and defying it in their country of origin, these immigrants are  looking to live long and take advance of the 'real life' because for many years they were not 'living' but barely surviving.
5.Losing their culture. As their culture is important as it defines who they really are, many immigrants prefer to hold on to it for fear of losing it forever.

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Top five things Immigrants must do to be accepted in the USA or Canada

Posted on 17 August 2011 | 5:27 pm by Malawi Current News

Before immigrating to either Canada or the US, an immigrant must do these five things.
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1. Prove that you really want to immigrate. Even though the immigrant might be going through war and, the immigration officers are instructed to only accept those who really want to leave their country or refugee camp.



2. Pass through a medical exam. This is a must for all wanting to immigrate to the USA and Canada because these countries are only looking for those who are healthy. Those with diseases like AIDS are generally not accepted.
3. Prove that you are not a criminal. The immigrant should provide a genuine police report proving that he/she is not a criminal. There will also be several interviews with  immigration officers or government representatives in order to validate the statements written on the lengthy application form.  If there happen to be contradictions, the dossier might be rejected automatically.

4.Patiently wait. Sometimes it takes years before getting the actual visa or the Green Card. Relocating or moving might also be an indication that the immigrant to be has moved on and does not want to immigrate.

5. Hope. Without hope there will be discouragement which might make the immigration officers realise that the person is not really interested in relocating to a better place.


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Top five reasons why Montreal is the best city for immigration

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Top five reasons why Malawian Nyasa Times is Hated

Posted on 17 August 2011 | 12:03 am by Malawi Current News

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1. The content. The Malawi Government and many of its supporters are against the content published in the UK based Nyasa Times because it openly tells of every little or big mistake committed by the government and the President, Bingu wa Mutharika.
2.Support from Western countries. The content of the Nyasa Times has  been quoted by reputed media around the world including the Voice of America (VOA). This legitimizes their content therefore ostracizing the voice of the Malawi government.
3. The writer's political affiliations. It is known that the editors of the Nyasa Times were part of a political party running on an entirely different platform.


4.Victim vs  bully. Whenever a government goes against the media, it becomes a bully and the media a victim. Throughout the years, the Nyasa Times and the Malawi Government have been playing the victim-bully game, which as a result has been advantageous for the online Newspaper as it gained sympathy and was exposed to more publicity.
5. Exaggeration/One sided. Some believe that the Nyasa Times Newspaper is one sided and exaggerates facts to make it appealing to readers.


These for many, are the reasons why the Nyasa Times is hated. Do you have other reasons? write them in the comments below.
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Bingu attacks Malawi Nyasa Times as McCain and Obama attacked the Media.

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Top five reasons why Canadian immigrants are religious

Posted on 15 August 2011 | 3:33 pm by Malawi Current News

1. Their past. Many immigrants have witnessed genocides and have gone through many life-threatening situations. Some even said that they were 'dead' and God brought them to life and one way to show their appreciation is by worshipping him.

2. Community ties. At their mosque, church or place of worship, they usually meet and interact with other Canadian immigrants from their respective countries which is heartwarming for many. Many of these religious services are carried out in the language they are more comfortable with.
3.Belief in God. Some openly say that it is the very first time in their life to meet a person who does not believe in a God or who has doubts about Godship. For many Christian immigrants, the theory of Evolution is a simple theory and can not be believed. The belief in a living God spurs many Canadian immigrants to be dedicated believers.
4. Hope in something superior. After seeing what happened in their countries and what fellow humans have done to their respective families, friends and even the environment; many immigrants in Canada have decided to believe in a power that is superior and that can bring something better than what they have experienced so far.


5. To protect their children. In many schools in Montreal and Canada as a whole; immigrant parents see how children are more independent and sometimes act differently from what they experienced in their countries of origin. To protect their children from negative influences, they bring them to  worship God and teach them to believe in a greater Power/Being.



Top five reasons why Montreal is the best city for immigration

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Top five reasons why Montreal is the best city for immigration

Posted on 10 August 2011 | 7:48 am by Malawi Current News


1.Montreal is a city made up of immigrants and they are self-conscious about it. English and French Canadians live 'peacefully' on the island of Montreal. Anybody can come and join them and make Montreal a home without being judged by a fellow  'immigrant'.
2. Immigrants originating from English or French speaking countries can immigrate without much difficulty with the language. (He/she can easily adjust by adding 'eh!' after every sentence or by slightly modify the French to 'quebecois').
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3.The same people/food from home can be found in Montreal. There are people from your country hiding somewhere in Montreal and you simply have to find them. Food from almost anywhere is in Montreal, as long as you did not forget how to cook/eat it.
4.Free activities for you. There are free activities and festivals all year long so you do not have to hibernate in your home. 
5.Love. Like all Canadians Montrealers are loving and lovable (except when they honk at you in traffic). 




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The top five jobs for African immigrants in Montreal Canada

Posted on 9 August 2011 | 12:22 pm by Malawi Current News


1.Factories. Many family heads end up in factories because it is easily accessible to many regardless of their education.
2.Tree Planting. During the summer many end up going in the North to plant trees and make enough money for the year. The time spent there is very solitary, away from their respective families and concentrating on make big bucks in a short period of time.
3.Cleaning. Joining many immigrants from South America, Africans also do a lot of cleaning contracts, usually for other people.
4.Nursing. Many African women and men work as nurses in many hospitals, though some were doctors back in their respective countries.
5.Call centers. Making or receiving calls all day long.

I write about this because I have done all of these jobs with many African immigrants.

Watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes-Think endangered gorillas in Congo

Posted on 9 August 2011 | 11:29 am by Malawi Current News

Many were eagerly expecting "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" which was released last weekend. While it is a movie that is very entertaining, I couldn't help but think of the endangered gorillas in eastern Congo and Rwanda.  According to reports from Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, poachers have orphaned at least 6 baby gorillas in the past two weeks.The gorillas are captured either for consumption or for personal collectors from all over the world.

New York Times Not Happy about DR Congo TP Mazembe

Posted on 22 December 2010 | 12:41 am by Malawi Current News




Many Congolese in Kinshasa and Montreal were celebrating TP Mazembe’s success in Abu Dhabi though some newspapers around the globe were very critical of the club and its president. 

The New York Times wrote a piece about TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the team that has surpassed all expectations by reaching the Club World Cup competition in Abu Dhabi. In the article; “TP Mazembe surprises the World, Not Itself” Jack Bell criticises Moise Katumbi Chapwe, the governor of Katanga, TP Mazembe’s province as an ambitious politician who is a big spender of his own money that he earns through questionable mining ventures. Katumbi who is also TP Mazembe’s owner is described as a Congolese Jew who is capricious and cares only about winning. For the writer of the article, it seems like Katumbi should use his money on something else and not on football because TP Mazembe will go into oblivion as soon as their owner disappear; it is therefore a waste of resources and everybody’s time (especially the reporter’s).       
   
This is what is wrong with the Western media; thinking that Africa is doomed and nothing good comes from that continent. Africans are always underdogs in the eyes of many European and American journalists. Though TP Mazembe lost against Internazionale in the finals, it looked like the western press felt happy and relieved because the status quo was maintained.





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Congo Streets: Better than Cirque du Soleil in Montreal

Posted on 16 December 2010 | 10:51 pm by Malawi Current News

Africans are very talented but simply lack the means of development. Growing in African countries I saw all types of acrobatics.One day while walking in Zambia, I remember seeing an acrobatic man licking his backbone to prove that he could curl his entire body like a tire. This is just of the many talented men and women from the African continent looking for a way to breakthrough in art, but sadly the people around these artists are busy looking for money to feed themselves and their own families before spending it on some street performer.

Acrobats in Lake Kivu, DR Congo
Montreal's Cirque du Soleil for years has been respected for its colourful and artistic shows around the world. Montreal has been the home of Cirque du Soleil for many years and has therefore contributed a lot to the company's success. If Cirque began in Congo Kinshasa, it could have been dead by now due to many factors including wars, insecurity, famine etc. I went to watch a few of their shows and in some instances I was impressed at what the human body can do!  As their latest show, Quidam opens tomorrow in Montreal, I think of the potential that Africa has. 
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Mazembe and the Unity of DR Congo

Posted on 16 December 2010 | 12:09 am by Malawi Current News

When hockey is on in Montreal, everything else is secondary.It is coomon knowledge that Canadians like ice hockey especially if they grew up in a place where the weather is cold.
It is not a secret that Africans love football. Though the (un)Democratic Republic of Congo has been ravaged by war and  poverty for decades, soccer has always been uniting and bonding. When the national Congolese football team plays in Africa, every citizen is behind them, even though they are from different tribes. In a way football has the power dig out and display the good in people and bury the bad feelings, even momentarily. It is calming to  think that at the moment that TP Mazembe will be playing in the final in the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi; soldiers, rebels and even the president of the Congo will be glued to their televisions.

Not many from Lubumbashi thought that a glorious day like this would come for Tout Puissant Mazembe, the Almighty soccer club from D.R Congo. For years, the only trophies Mazembe could win was either regional or national.

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 Cote d'Ivoire Tribal Wars and Canada

Cote d'Ivoire Tribal Wars and Canada

Posted on 15 December 2010 | 12:00 am by Malawi Current News

According to the country's Election Body, Lassane Ouatarra is the outright winner of last month' elections. Laurent Gbagbo, the Ivoirian president for the last 7 years refuses and wants to hold on to power.
The divisions in Cote d'Ivoire between Laurent Gbabo and Lassane Ouattara reminds me of what I see everyday here in Montreal Canada. In reality, the division is between Christians from the south and Moslems from the Northern parts of Cote d'Ivoire. Apart from religious differences, there are also tribal and ethnic lines that separates the two 'presidents'.
A similar situation has developed  in Canada between the French and English. It seems that they will never agree to live in peace. The difference though is that here Canadians will  rarely use violence or guns to demonstrate the allegiance to their origins.

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Montreal, Lubumbashi Club World Cup and Mazembe

Posted on 14 December 2010 | 6:48 pm by Malawi Current News

Montreal is quiet and cold, while not many in the city are thinking about soccer, they are probably thinking about Wednesday's Montreal Canadiens game.
On the other hand, Lubumbashi in D.R Congo is probably the happiest and loudest city in Africa at this  moment. This is because TP Mazembe reached the final of the soccer Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
Tout-Puissant or Almighty Mazembe is the team that eliminated the American champions Pachuca and the Brazilians Intercional in the Club World  Cup in Abu Dhabi. Many considered them as underdogs because of their history and their performance in the past.  Surprisingly, by Tuesday evening, the Internet was abuzz from stories praising them on renowned websites like ESPN, the Washington Post, CNN and of course CBC.  During the days leading to the Final on the 18th of this month, they will be named by many more.
 This is a great achievement because having lived in Lubumbashi, I know how life must have been for some Mazembe players.   Lubumbashi has experienced some hard times especially under the authoritarian rule of Mobutu Sese Seko. Tribal wars, famine and violence is what many of those players have seen while growing up in the 80s and 90s. Reaching the final of the Champions League on the African and now on the World stage shows that TP Mazembe is really Almighty and can stand any kind of pressure even from the Italian favourites; Internazionale.

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Refugees, Explosions and Montreal Fireworks

Posted on 13 December 2010 | 7:41 am by Malawi Current News

For some refugees, the sound of fireworks is a nightmare.
Every Saturdays nights in December in Montreal all eyes and ears turn to the Old Port, where Telus is sponsoring an event called "Fire on Ice"; a pyromusical show that takes you to another dimension.  Hundreds of Montrealers and tourists alike are attracted to see the magic of fireworks with music under the cold breeze of winter. For many, fireworks are beautiful, breathtaking and impressive. When growing up around them, you come to view them as magical with a fairytale element to them. Hollywood and Disney movies influence many children while growing up to accept them as legitimate entertainment.    On the other hand, when you grow up around bombs, grenades and explosions, fireworks represent nothing magical or nothing to be desired. For many refugees, the noise  from fireworks explosions lead to  memories of pissing in your pants due to fear, looking for an escape, or sometimes even  making their heart beat faster or as one told me; ' having an imminent apocalyptic fear.'   

AIDS patients not welcome in Montreal and Canada

Posted on 9 December 2010 | 8:05 am by Malawi Current News

Around the city of Montreal you will find billboards with strong messages against stereotyping and discrimating those with HIV or AIDS. This is an opportune time as Montreal and the World were celebrating World AIDS Day on the 1st of December. These billboards are ironic because those asylum seekers from Africa suffering from Aids are not allowed in Montreal.  The discrimination is already underway as we are talking. As a refugee, before coming to Canada, you have to undergo a costly medical check-up to ensure that you are healthy and ‘fit for immigration’. I still remember a family who were found with the HIV virus and were therefore refused the opportunity to immigrate. They are still in a Tanzanian refugee with one if their children dead. On the other hand, a Canadian with HIV/AIDS can go anywhere he/she wants. This is survival of the fittest.

 Is this reasonable?

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Montreal snowstorms and refugees

Posted on 8 December 2010 | 2:00 am by Malawi Current News

Montreal was a mess late Monday afternoon as the city was hit by the first major snowstorm this season. While driving on Highway 40 East, I heard the announcer on the Radio proudly saying that the traffic jam started from the Sources in the west all the way to Anjou! Other highways were experiencing the same troubles.
A Congolese family from a Mozambican refugee Camp were spending their first evening in Montreal. According to them, this was their first evening of ‘peace and quiet’ after living in war torn areas and refugee camps for more than 10 years. The 3 youngest children were born in refugee camps. When I asked them what they thought of snow, the young children responded almost in unison:  "snow is like white corn flour only cold and with a taste of water.”  As I was driving them from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Montreal Airport, the announcer  on the radio was talking about the current accusations  of corruption in the provincial government, the debate on high tuition fees in universities, construction companies having close ties to the Government owing money from taxes etc. As I was listening to all this information, the refugee family members were simply happy to be safe in a country where they will not be fearing for their lives as they did back in the camps.  Snowing or not, they will safer than they were last week.

You like winter and snow? 



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Why Malawi and Africa needs Jon Stewart

Posted on 29 October 2010 | 2:00 am by Malawi Current News

He is America's most trusted man. He is smart, says what he wants and he says it at the time when the ears of the listeners want to be tickled with his logic. He knows when to hit the notes and how high or low they should sound. Politicians fear and at the same time like him. If Jon Stewart was in Africa (By Africa here I mean Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, Uganda, Malawi, Libya etc), he would have been asked to stop talking and to forget about his right to express his opinions. He would have been threatened many times and if he persevered; he will be.....(Please fill in yourself)
Why do Africans need a Jon Stewart? Because he talks about the reality as it is. Though seeing the world with liberal glasses; he publicizes what people are talking while drinking with their buddies, he advertises to the world the needs of the public not forgetting takings swaps at politicians. He amplifies the undertone murmurs of Americans. Africa needs such liberty of expression. In many African countries; Mr Stewart would be tried and probably accused of inciting the masses to action. violence. On the other hand, America likes Jon. The American President, Mr Barack Obama even appeared on his show last Wednesday. You better like him or you end up fired like CNN's Rick Sanchez.
Jon Stewart and faux conservative workmate Steven Colbert are organizing the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" which in many African countries would be considered treason and an attempt to encourage the masses to rebel against the status quo.

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Malawi Limewire Africa

Posted on 27 October 2010 | 9:20 am by Malawi Current News

Limewire is shut and for many Africans in the diaspora, this is sad news. They used Limewire to legally share music from their respective countries. After 4 years of an ongoing legal battle, Limewire was shut yesterday by a court in Manhattan. The company was asked to cease any "searching, downloading, uploading and file trading." The Limewire website had the legal notice: "This is an official notice that LimeWire is under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing software. Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal."
The Law is the law, and should therefore be enforced and respected.
A Malawian living in Washington was clearly disappointed by the development saying that Limewire was used to share music with his friends and family from Blantyre and Lilongwe in Malawi. He also said that he must find another way to listen to Malawian classic artists like Saleta Phiri, Alan Namoko, Esau Mwamwaya and Evison Matafale.

Do you think that Limewire will resurrect again?

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Madonna, Malawi and Africa

Posted on 26 October 2010 | 4:50 pm by Malawi Current News

The Queen of Pop strikes again! She wants to adopt another Malawian child. Why does she have to publicize her every move? Is it because she wants publicity or simply because she wants others to follow her footsteps. In reality, Malawians are tired of hearing Madonna rumbling about her trips to Africa and how she wants to change the World. The publicity surrounding her trips is simply outrageous. Every move that she makes while visiting Malawi is reported via Internet to the the World. Her accommodation, eating and drinking becomes news articles. Sadly, whenever this extensive reporting goes on, the victims are none other than us-the Malawian people who end up always getting some negative press. Way to go Madonna, you can adopt me too!

Mutharika or Muluzi should NOT be Malawi President

Posted on 8 April 2009 | 7:54 pm by Malawi Current News




The Mutharika family puts Education first. They are studious and try very much to follow the rules. Anyone who does not follow the rules is jailed and the law is followed a la lettre. For Bingu wa Mutharika life is directed by established laws, not principles. Many literate Malawians prefer Bingu wa Mutharika because of his Education. He has a master's degree from the University of Delhi and a Phd from Pacific Western University (California). When looking at his political experience and education, it can clearly be concluded that Mutharika is qualified for the job of the presidency. After a term, many have compared Mutharika to Kamuzu Banda due to his nononsensical rule which at times can be interpreted as authoritarian.

The Muluzi Family puts the people first. This means that some rules may be slightly bent for one reason or another. Bakili Muluzi is a laissez faire Leader, though this may mean that some level of corruption can infiltrate itself into the government. Bakili Muluzi puts principles first and not laws. This has at times worked for the Malawi Nation because it lived under tyrany for many years under the colonizers and also under Kamuzu Banda. Though Bakili Muluzi is not as educated as Mr Mutharika, he accommodates the educated Malawians and puts aside a place for them to thrive.
Both Bingu wa Mutharika and Bakili Muluzi believe in a Malawi that is peaceful and economically strong, therefore differing from Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe in objectives. Sadly, the duo have been in the political arena for too long. Mutharika is 75 and Muluzi is 66 and they have been arguing about who should replace the other for too long now. This is the time for a new face to dominate the Malawi polical scene. A person that will bring change. A person whose name is not Barack Obama.

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Africa Matata: The African Huffington Post?

Posted on 6 April 2009 | 9:54 am by Malawi Current News

In the past years, news has turned from subjective to being very opinionated. Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olberman are examples of very opinionated pundits who can also be sometimes biased. On the other hand, a blog like The Huffington Post has become a model for many news websites, though it leans toward the left. According to Mr. Alan Bandawe, the founder of AfricaMatata.Com, the blog will be breaking the news as they happen around the world with an African perspective. AfricaMatata has reporters in Malawi,Rwanda,Congo, Zimbabawe,South Africa, England and the USA. In a press release forwarded to Malawi Current News Blog, Mr Bandawe said that Africans should not always rely on American or British news sources like the BBC, CNN or MSNBC when they are looking for African related breaking news.The Africa Matata website which was officially launched earlier today has received praise from many Africans in the diaspora. From May 2009, Africa Matata will chronicle articles written by orphans living in refugee camps in Central Africa.
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Madonna's David Banda:From Motherless to Fatherless

Posted on 3 April 2009 | 7:32 am by Malawi Current News

Among other reasons, Madonna adopted David Banda because he was motherless. When his mother died, Yohane Banda could not raise David alone, and among other things he needed a mother to be there for his son. He admittedly said that he did not know what adoption really meant before he met the Queen of Pop. This was honest because before Madonna, Malawi has never allowed any adoptions. When the toddler was under Madonna's 'motherly' care, he was under the watchful 'fatherly' eye of Guy Ritchie. When Madonna and the filmmaker Guy Ritchie divorced, David Banda lived in a single-parent household with a 'mother' who brought in different men in a quest to replace Ritchie. A-Rod, Jesus were used by Madonna to fulfill her needs when she needed them, and when their purpose was accomplished; they were dealt away with. All this happened under the eyes of David Banda, the boy who was motherless then became fatherless.

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ALL EYES ON MADONNA AND NONE ON MALAWI

Posted on 30 March 2009 | 10:11 am by Malawi Current News

Jasmine Coumbaya, a Canadian from Quebec City, never heard of Malawi before last week. She heard about the impoverished Sub-Saharan country when she met an exchange student at a University in Montreal.
This is a very common phenomenon especially in developed countries. The ignorance is among other things the result of the silent media. The Washington Post, the New York Times and other media giants have written about Madonna and her adoption saga, while not mentioning or concentrating on the problems affecting the Malawian population. At the time that the Queen of Pop is fighting with judges, Malawi is experiencing a political crisis that has even escalated to cases of violence. Mr. Bakili Muluzi, the ex Malawian President has been banned from competing in the upcoming May 19th General Elections. This has caused an uproar among his supporters who pledged an unflinching allegiance to their jailed leader. While UK's The Guardian presents a case study on Madonna adoptions; Malawi is mourning with Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) after 22 supporters died at a FIFA World Cup qualifying game in a stadium of Abidjan in a stampede. Malawi is still struggling with problems like gender inequality, high children mortality and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The only time that Malawi gets a window to expose itself to the world, Madonna takes the stage and all eyes unflinchingly focus on her without looking at the problems of the country. It is therefore not surprising that Madonna's adopted son David Banda is more popular than the country's President Mr. Bingu wa Mutharika or Mr. Kamuzu Banda, the Malawian first dictator.
Jasmine Coumbaya is not to blame for her ignorance on Malawi. The media should accept some of the blame. It is therefore not surprising to know that Coumbaya is already familiar with Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

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AIDS in Africa:Caused by Britain and Colonisers?

Posted on 26 March 2009 | 12:09 pm by Malawi Current News

In Malawi 14% of people are HIV positive. The rate of those infected by HIV/AIDS is very high in African countries colonized by Britain. According to the 2008 report from UNAIDS, Two-thirds of all people in the world with HIV/AIDS live in Sub-Saharan Africa. This translates into 67% of the global total of 32.9 million with HIV live in this region, and three quarters (75%) of all AIDS deaths in 2007 occurred there.
Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Swaziland,Namibia, Malawi and South Africa; the countries that compose Sub-Saharan Africa were all colonized by the British. The rates are alarming in the region, like in Swaziland where 25% of the population is HIV positive. In the neighboring French colonized island of Madagascar, only 1% of the population is infected. In Mozambique, DRC or in the Congo Republic, the infection rate is not as high.
Some have argued that high numbers are due to the shared beliefs on sex and promiscuity. This is not accurate because Sub-Saharan Africa is known for its diverse cultures, religions and tribes. The Republic of South Africa has more than 11 different tribes like the Xhosa, Zulu, Venda among others. Zimbabwe is home to the Shona and Ndebele. Malawi and Mozambique has the Yao, Chewa and Sena tribes. These are all very different and diverse tribes in terms of beliefs, customs and taboos. They were all forced to unite under the strong arm of the British Coloniser who taught them about his own way of seeing things. It is not surprising that the colonised adopted the way his coloniser behaved by objectifying women and using them as sex toys. The results are being reaped every day at countless funerals of AIDS victims.
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By Postera Tenthani (Mmalawi)
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Africa Most Watched Video:Malawi's "Very Best"

Posted on 24 March 2009 | 10:30 pm by Malawi Current News

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Malawi's most viewed video of all times is Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit (Jointly known as "The Very Best") with their amazingly edited video "Kamphopo". The video filmed in Malawi has amassed more than 181,000 views even though it was posted less than 3 months ago on the video sharing website Youtube. The song emanates from Esau Mwamwaya's first album with Radioclit "The Very Best" which contained hit songs like Tengazako, a remix of M.I.A's Oscar award winning song "Paper Planes". In Kamphopo, Esau Mwamwaya declares his love for a girl whom he finds beautiful. Many viewers have expressed appreciation for the video and some feel drawn to the African continent through the video even if they have never gone there. After watching the Malawi video, Warlord0Dan, a Youtube viewer commented: "African people are great! look at them, most of them are probably poor but just watch how happy they are in this vid. I love their spirit and the music"
For the song, Esau Mwamwaya teamed up with the British duo DJs Radioclit and together they are working on an upcoming album which is anticipated by many. Mwamwaya sings in Chichewa, English, Tumbuka and Zulu. He has been called by many the Malawian Michael Jackson.
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Mwamwaya was born in Mzuzu and he played for many years with the late African reggae legend; Evison Matafale.
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