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Hayze Engolah in Mudi River clean-up

ROLE MODEL—Engolah (3rd left) with Art Malawi team during the clean-up

Concerned with the filthy state of Mudi River in Blantyre, rapper Hayze Engolah on Saturday joined Art Malawi to clean up the river.

Art Malawi is an organisation that uses art to tackle issues affecting society including environmental conservation.

The Blantyre-based organisation has been in the forefront cleaning up Mudi River, which is messy following pollution.

Engolah, who made it in the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2021 list alongside Art Malawi, picked waste from the river as part of the clean-up campaign.

The rapper said he joined in the clean-up drive because taking care of the river is the responsibility of every Blantyre resident.

“There is a certain demographic which doesn’t understand what is going on, a demographic that does not know much about Mudi River and what it has brought to Blantyre,” Engolah said.

He added: “I, for one, believe we cannot say we love our city and country if we keep destroying it. There are a lot of factors that have contributed to killing this river and this includes industrial waste. So, we decided to become a solution to this problem.”

Art Malawi Founder Manota Mphande said the clean-up exercise exposed that Mudi is a dead river.

“This river originates from Limbe and cuts across the city but it has been dead for decades. There is no life; you cannot see, for instance, any reptiles like frogs. A river needs to have life and, so, our goal is to clear and pick up as much waste as we can,” Mphande said.

Art Malawi has been working on the project for the past 41 days and will continue to work on cleaning the river for an extra 40 days.

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