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Jubilee University kisses Fredokiss

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It is taking little fire to create puffs of smoke for hip-hop artist Fredokiss. Literally.

When Fredokiss puts his hands to the wheel of conservation efforts, even British Ambassador to Malawi, Holly Tett, notices.

When Fredokiss puts his hands to the wheel of charity, even universities observe either the fire or the puffs of smoke.

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This was the case on Friday, when Jubilee University (JU) joined hands with Fredokiss in the artist’s scholarship initiative.

Fred Penjani Kalua— or Fredokiss, as he and his fans like it— is running a scholarship initiative meant to support young people failing to access tertiary education in the country.

JU Vice-Chancellor, Ida Mbendera, said the university could not do otherwise but join hands with the artist after being “impressed with the innovation and determination” that the artist has shown in calling on Malawians to help young people to access tertiary education.

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“We have always had an interest in the youth and their education. We believe that for a community, society and nation to develop and change for the better, [they] require an educated and ethical (umunthu) population. For us, education is not just about the qualifications but—as Vice- President Dr Saulos Chilima said at the commemoration of our founder [Maxon Mbendera] it is about character and ability to utilise what we gain from our education,” Mbendera said.

She said JU believes in giving opportunities to people, and the youth in particular, for themto access quality education.

“We, as Jubilee University, believe that we are giving opportunities to some of the many people who are unable to access tertiary education, though they are eligible,” she said.

Fredokiss thanked JU for coming forward to support the initiative

“JU is taking a human approach in its business. What caught my attention is the bridging course which is a unique offer that a lot of people, both young and old, would benefit from,” Fredokiss said.

Fredokiss himself appreciates the role of education in national development, having graduated from the University of Malawi and lectured on part-time basis.

“As a graduate of the University of Malawi, I can’t emphasise the importance that quality tertiary education has played in my life, and the business approach to my music, and this initiative is significant because education is the key to progress. Therefore, through the Fredokiss scholarship, I will identify one student to take up a scholarship that will be provided by the Maxon Mbendera Scholarship Fund at the university,” Fredokiss said.

JU is a brainchild of the late justice Maxon Mbendera, who wanted to play a role in the provision of higher education to the youth and older Malawians who did not have the opportunity during their youthful days.

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