It was all smiles for Domasi CCAP Primary School in Zomba District on Friday when its former student, Fexton Matupa, shared his story of successfully publishing his first book —The Rearview Mirror—by donating 40 desks worth over K500,000 to the school.
Currently working as a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia, Matupa has travelled a long journey to be where he is today and that saw him embark on a journey of telling his story in an autobiography published by E+V Publications.
The 262 paged book tells Matupa’s story including his stint at Domasi CCAP Mission Primary School in the 1970s to St Patrick’s Secondary School in Chiradzulu District and then University of Malawi Chancellor College in Zomba District where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Public Administration).
“Today is a special day. I am happy to visit my old school and donate 40 desks. Covid-19 pandemic threatened my presence but God made it happen. I have authored my autobiography which is not yet complete and will continue. I thought of sharing this joy with the community and I could not skip my old primary school,” Matupa said.
He said his contribution in buying the desks follows his connection with the school’s head teacher, who told him about the plight of furniture at the school.
“I was told that Standard 6 students were sitting on the floor which was not the case during our time. During our time, we were sitting in desks. I decided to share my achievements in literature by donating 40 desks to seat 80 students,” Matupa said.
Headteacher of the school, Hamilton Kamwendo, hailed Matupa for the donation saying the desks will serve standard 7 and 8 students.
“We still have a challenge in the other classes where they are sitting on the floor but for now Standard 7 and 8 will be sitting comfortable in the desks,” Kamwendo said.
He said his connection with Matupa follows his going through the re-admission register where he came across students, who had learnt at the school and that he sent pictures to 11 people with only Matupa responding.
Publisher Egidio Mpanga of E+V described The Rearview as an inspiring story of a Malawian or African child.
“As a child, he never thought he would reach where he is today. It’s an interesting book which can be studied and it acts as a role model,” Mpanga said.