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Chingalire to host Africa Day activities

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Chingalire Cultural Centre in Lilongwe, which is driven by veteran musician Ben Michael Mankhamba, is slowly gaining ground as it is set to host a Cultural Afternoon to celebrate Africa Day.

Africa Day (formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day) is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on May 25 1963.

It is celebrated in countries on the African continent as well as around the world.

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However, this year the country is set to host activities at a larger scale as, previously, the celebrations have been at African Union (AU) regional level with the involvement of diplomatic missions only.

Mankhamba, who is also Village Head Chingalire, wrote on his Facebook page that he was priviledged to host Africa Day activities for the first time.

“We are getting there. This is what we want, people should value our places if we are to propel tourism in the country but also develop,” Mankhamba said.

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The venue, which recently staged the Ethno Malawi Music Camp and The Daughters Band Camp, will host the Cultural Afternoon organised by Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife in collaboration with Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 23.

Some of the activities set to take centre stage include poetry, music and exhibition.

Director of Arts Humphrey Mpondaminga Tuesday described Chingalire Cultural Centre as a good venue for the event.

“All is set for the Africa Day celebration and 10 ambassadors of African countries that have diplomatic ties with Malawi shall be invited,” Mpondaminga said.

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