Renowned writer, poet, researcher, publisher and medical doctor John Lwanda will this afternoon hold a talk at The Culture Lab in Lilongwe focusing on his book Kamuzu Banda of Malawi: A Study in Promise, Power and Legacy.
Lwanda, who is based in Scotland, confirmed the development Sunday.
“I am in Lilongwe right now preparing for the talk Monday (today),” he said.
Muti Phoya from The Culture Lab said they were happy to host Lwanda, adding that his book offers a discussion on inherent qualities and external influences, experiences and factors that made Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the first President of Malawi, the man he was.
“The book examines what events, factors and influences impacted on his behaviour as a politician, and as the father and founder of the Malawi nation,” Phoya said.
He said the session would be held outdoors and that Covid measures will be adhered to strictly.
“We are excited to host John Lwanda. This is another important session,” Phoya said.
The lab recently also hosted a talk of Professor Yusuf Juwayeyi, who shared his work on his latest book titled Archaeology and Oral Tradition in Malawi: Origins and Early History of the Chewa.
“The vision for The Culture Lab, an initiative of Logos Open Culture, is to help create a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable Malawian creative civil society sector engaged in qualitative arts in their own right, as well as in a manner that contributes to economic development, to human rights and democracy and to the improvement of lives in Malawi,” Phoya said.
He further said that the hub exists as a physical and virtual space for amplifying Malawi’s stories by making sure they have appropriate depth.
Lwanda has published a number of books with his recent work on music in Malawi.
He has also performed in festivals in the country, offering poetry.