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Long wait for Paul Banda at MBC Innovations Awards

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Veteran singer and guitarist Paul Banda and Alleluya Band endured a long wait on stage during the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Innovations Awards held at College of Medicine Complex in Blantyre on Friday.

The Balaka-based musician was told to jump on stage for his performance but then the masters of ceremonies Angel Chima and Noel Chinkwende skipped him and went about the business of announcing the nominees and the winners.

The veteran singer, who has trained several musicians in the country and has several albums to his credit, waited for a long time until later when he realised he would not be performing anytime soon and then went off stage on his own.

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It was after the masters of ceremonies had finished announcing the nominees and the winners that Paul was recalled back to the stage.

The musician jumped on stage with Alleluya Band including members Coss Chiwalo and Paul Subiri to offer his performance only to be told by Chima that she should dish out one song.

His performance was to be followed by Malawi Police Band which was expected to entertain people as they were being served dinner.

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But this did not go down well with the people in the beautifully decorated complex as they wanted Paul to perform more songs.

The masters of ceremonies had no choice but to oblige to people’s demands.

The veteran musician performed more songs satisfying the people although the sound was not up to scratch.

Some of the songs he offered included ‘Zonse Nzabwino,’ ‘Achimwemwe Muzigona Kunyumba,’ and ‘Malilime.’

There were also performances from Ben Mankhamba and Jenna Sisters, who performed for a longer time as the audience waited for President Peter Mutharika and First Lady Gertrude Mutharika to arrive.

Lucky Stars led by Boniface Ndamera also performed dishing out among others ‘Chinafuna Mbale.’

The MBC Innovations Awards saw people being decorated with awards in the categories of arts, sports, agriculture, education, health, disability, environment, science and technology and business entrepreneurship(small and large scale).

The judges for the awards included magistrates Esme Tembenu and Diana Mangwana, Patrick Achitabwino, Clement Chilima and Pastor Tony Nyirenda.

Sautso Ndalama, who is physically challenged was the Innovator of Innovators and also received the disability award.

Netballer Mwawi Kumwenda got the sports award, Elson Kambalu got the arts award, Dr Cooper Nyirenda claimed the health award while Mickson Faloweki got the science and technology award.

The others were Davis Kansenza( small-scale business entrepreneurship), Dr Thom Mpinganjira (Large-scale business entrepreneurship), Keledonia Ntonyo (agriculture), Senior chief Chipsinja (education) and Chief Nantali (environment).

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