One of the country’s publishers and retailer of Christian and academic books, Claim Mabuku Limited, on Friday released names of winners of the Short Story and Nthano competition ahead of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
Claim will have the 50th anniversary celebrations this coming Saturday in Blantyre.
As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Claim in February launched the Short Story and Nthano competition targeting secondary school students throughout the country. The last day for applications was March 31.
In the Senior Secondary School category, Hellen Kapile from St Mary’s Secondary School in Zomba came first with her story ‘You Reap What You Sow’ while the first runner-up is Fadzai Chakwera from Kabwabwa Community Day Secondary School in Lilongwe, with a story titled ‘It Pays to Read’.
Patel Gideon from Mzuzu Government Secondary School is the second runner-up with a story titled The Amazing Assembly.
At Junior Secondary School level, Lexa Cyria from Padre Pio Catholic Secondary School came first with a story titled ‘The Village’s Role Model’ while the first runner-up is Yohane Munthali from Phwezi Boys Secondary School in Rumphi, with his story ‘The Bookworm’.
Emily Mndoka from Likuni Girls Secondary School in Lilongwe is the second runner-up with a story titled ‘The Visitor’.
In the Nthano competition at Senior Secondary level, Hastings Khamula from Thyolo Secondary School came first, with Lofiat Nyuzi from Phwezi Boys Secondary School and Lynn Kulupando from St Mary’s Secondary School as first and second runner-up, respectively.
In the Junior Secondary School category, the winner is Lexa Fortune Cyria from Padre Pio Catholic Secondary School while Patience Kapinda from Phwezi Boys Secondary School and Evelyn Masasa from Bakitha Pvt Secondary School in Balaka were first and second runner-up, respectively.
The winners will walk away with K100,000 plus K100,000 worth of Arise series books for school library while first runner-ups will pocket K50, 000 each plus K50, 000 worth of Arise Series books for school libraries.
The second runner-ups will walk away with K25,000 in each category, plus K25,000 worth of Arise series books for school library.
Claim Mabuku Production Manager, Ron Muphuwa, said the presentation of prizes in each category for the winners will be done on Saturday during the celebrations.
He said the winners have also been invited to the celebration to be held at Kamuzu Upper Stadium in Blantyre.
Muphuwa, however, indicated that the prizes for runners-up will be sent to them.
Claim Mabuku General Manager, Andrew Chisamba, said the short story and Nthano writing competitions are ways through which the publisher wishes to leave a nation-wide impact in the area of developing reading and writing skills.
“It is a way of recognising and appreciating talent which students develop through their studies with the aid of the educative Arise textbooks that Claim has published for them,” Chisamba said.
He also said Claim decided to involve secondary school students because it understands that the youth are the future authors of books.
“The youth are our hope for a better future. Reading and writing is an integral part of their academic and intellectual development which is vital for future leadership; hence, putting up this competition,” he said.
Chisamba said they have come a long way and were happy to celebrate 50 years of existence with several activities.
He said the celebrations this coming Saturday will begin with a parade that will start from Claim Building through Masauko Chipembere Highway to Kamuzu Upper Stadium.
There will also be a service of worship, which will be followed by various performances such as music by Faith Mussa and poetry.
In the evening, Claim directors, management and staff, both retired and current, as well as dignified guests, will be treated to a reception at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre.
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