Entrepreneurer Alissa Makawa was a star—Ibam


Indigenous Businesses Association of Malawi (Ibam) president Mike Mlombwa has described the death of hotel chain owner, Alissa Makawa, as a huge blow to the local business community.

Makawa owned Shire Highlands Hotel in Blantyre and Kambiri Lodge in Salima. She was also board chairperson of the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), apart from being a trustee for the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Mlombwa said Makawa was a shining example among women who proved that, if committed, women can succeed in the male dominated business world.


“She was a great daughter of Malawi. She will be greatly missed,” said Mlombwa.

According to Makawa’s sister, Pastor Mary Ashani, Makawa had travelled to Euthini in Mzimba on Friday to attend this year’s World Postal Day celebrations.

“On her way back, she decided to make a stopover at Kambiri Lodge. In the evening she collapsed and we were advised to take her to Blantyre Adventist Hospital.


“She died in the early hours of today [yesterday] and doctors told us that she died of kidney failure,” said Ashani.

Makawa will be buried at HHI Cemetery in Blantyre tomorrow. The programme will start with a church service at Mt Moriah Global Ministries, near Dorvic Hotel, at 11am.

Makawa, a widow, was born in 1964. She is survived by two children: a boy and a girl. She hailed from Matapira Village, Traditional Authority Mazengera in Lilongwe.

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