Vilipanganga Poetry Movement on Friday added an item to its body of poetry following a donation of a Public Address (PA) system worth over K500,000 by General Alliance Insurance.
General Alliance Insurance presented the donation at Kawa Haraba Art Gallery in Blantyre, where Vilipanganga Poetry Movement also holds its Wednesday poetry sessions.
Poet and the group’s co-founder Paul Sezzie hailed General Alliance Insurance for the gesture.
“We are so excited, appreciate and really happy with the donation which has come in timely. We, as Vilipanganga Poetry Movement, have been struggling with a PA system for the past five years and Flood Church has been helping in lending us,” Sezzie said.
He said they were so thankful to Flood Church for letting them use their PA system all these years.
“The PA system donated by General Alliance Insurance will make it much easier for us in terms of performances and events. We normally go out to schools to perform and do motivation talks and now we will be using this PA system,” Sezzie said.
He said with General Alliance Insurance doing its part, they will also use their artistry in poetry to disseminate their works and services.
“We hope this partnership will continue. We invite other corporates to support art in all forms. We, as artists, feel we are not appreciated enough and yet we contribute a lot to Malawi. Art does a lot in terms of education, marketing and many other areas,” Sezzie said.
Having been on a break as regards Wednesday poetry sessions due to Covid, Sezzie said they are resuming the sessions this coming Wednesday.
“We had to follow the measures that the government put up. Now the cases have gone down and we feel we can now start the sessions but we will continue to follow the measures. So, the first session starts from 6pm to 7pm. People are hungry to sample works and during this break a lot has been created,” Sezzie said.
In the absence of performances, Vilipanganga Poetry Movement Chairperson Yankho Seunda said they have been engaging online but not holding online performances.
General Alliance Insurance Corporate Affairs Manager Pamela Mazengera said they were happy to contribute to the growth of arts in the country through a donation of a PA system to Vilipanganga.
“They approached us and so we felt the need to assist them. The group has done a lot in terms of nurturing poetry talent and we are happy to connect with them. We are into insurance but art always connects with different disciplines and, as Malawians, we need to work together,” Mazengera said.