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Lawrence Katakwe book in the offing

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Writer Lawrence Kadzitche, creator of Katakwe which has been appearing in The Weekend Nation newspaper, has revealed plans of publishing a Katakwe book.

His move comes barely two years after Kadzitche released a Katakwe movie which he said did well on the market.

“All the copies of the movie were sold and I am happy with the response I received from the people and now I am even planning a second movie,” he said.

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He said having done a movie, he thought of publishing the book as part of documenting his Katakwe work.

The writer announced the news of his intention through his Facebook page and people have welcomed the move.

He said his plan was to have the book out before the end of this year.

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According to him, Katakwe Kumudzi is a story set in modern day Lilongwe in the small village of Sinyala where Dzalanyama Forest has been depleted and is being guarded by the army.

He said the Lilongwe River is almost dry and the threat of famine hangs over the village like a dangerous sword and that in the village, people are preparing to install a new chief.

“Against this backdrop, Betina Shuga, a strikingly beautiful girl arrives in the village to visit an old friend. Katakwe, who prides himself as the village’s never do good, immediately falls in love with her,” Kadzitche explains.

“It’s a fantastic story but let me not pre-empt everything. All I need is the support so that this book should come to light,” he said.

Kadzitche said the story is set against the background of ignorance, envy, greed and jealousy – the sins that hold progress in villages’ hostage and a rich background of traditional dances and customs.

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