The Malawi High Commission in Kenya on Saturday took a huge step in promoting the Warm Heart of Africa when it officially opened a Malawi Cultural Centre.
Several activities took place during the official opening which was spiced up by performances from musicians Lawi and his Mango Band, Faith Mussa and Kenyan-based artists Chrissie Kamthunzi and Dan Chikhwaza.
Mussa described the launch of the cultural centre as colourful and said people enjoyed the performances.
“Great performances and people enjoyed every moment,” said the ‘Desperate,’ hit maker, who alongside Lawi returns back home today.
High Commissioner Perks Ligoya was GOH.
First Secretary at the Malawi High Commission in Kenya Mphatso Kamanga said the event was a success with diplomats from Eritrea, Mozambique, Uganda, Japan, Indonesia, DRC, Nigeria and Zimbabwe among others in attendance.
“The event excited many since for the first time, an African country has embarked on such a venture. Not only did the diplomats dance, they sampled and liked the Malawi cuisine that was prepared,” said Kamanga.
He said the official opening of the cultural centre received support from different sponsors who were happy with the event.
“We had a cheque presentation from Pan Africa Life Assurance, one of the sponsors and vehicle display by DT Dobie (they sell Mercedes Benz Jeep) and Toyota Kenya,” he said.
Kamanga said the doors of opportunity for tourism, trade and investments are now wide open through this initiative. “Several institutions and companies have already begun making inquiries as to how they can utilise the premises.
We would like to acknowledge Malawians living in Kenya who in one way or the other contributed to the organisation and successful hosting of the event,” said Kamanga.
He said that the Malawi High Commission Chancery grounds, has a building, which was previously used as a restaurant and that they also have a defunct tennis court and beautiful gardens.
Kamanga said the Malawi community in Nairobi, has been using the gardens especially during the Independence Day.
“However, there was a feeling that we need to utilise the premises in more ways other than once a year hence the proposal that the premises be utilised as a Malawi Cultural Centre,” said Kamanga.
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