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Malawi Has Talent calls for entries

DEAL—Times Group and FCB top officials sign documents during the launch

The Malawi Has Talent Season 1, spearheaded by Times Group through Times Television in partnership with First Capital Bank (FCB), has made its first step by calling for entries.

Times Television said recently that it was targeting 100 participants.

According to the call for submissions, there are two options that participants need to follow in sending their entries in which they are being asked to include full names, address and phone numbers.

The first option is for participants to record a video clip of their talent and send it via Whatsapp to 0882115840/0883397257 or email to malawihastalentbyfcb@ with the second option asking participants to place their CD, DVD or flash disk in Malawi Has Talent boxes placed in all FCB branches countrywide or Times Group offices in Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

The development comes barely a month after Times Television launched Malawi Has Talent in partnership with First Capital Bank (FCB) at Times Entertainment Studios in Blantyre.

Times Group Chief Commercial Manager Ralph Chirwa said all is set for Malawi Has Talent by FCB and that the submission for entries will run for five weeks.

“We announced that we will call for participants to express interest and now, this is the time for those who would want to participate to send their entries. We are targeting 100 participants (individual or groups) and after this, we shall go into elimination shows at regional level,” Chirwa said.

He said that 30 groups will be selected through voting by the public and, that at this point, judges will only give feedback during performances.

Chirwa said that 10 will make it to the grand finale where the top three will be selected.

Times Group General Manager Veronica Masikini said during the launch that the show will help unearth talent in the country.

“Malawi has talent. The challenge we have as a nation is that we educate our children and expect them to go into formal employment. What we are trying to do is look at other people who can create something by what they have, apart from just getting formal employment,” Masikini said.

FCB Head of Marketing and Communication Twikale Chirwa said they were delighted to partner Times Group in the activity.

“At First Capital Bank, belief comes first and we believe Malawi has talent. We are a bank for all Malawians and our objective is to uplift the socio-economic fabric of Malawi.

“We would like Malawians to benefit as this could be an alternative or direct way of using talent for consumption by the private sector, non-governmental organisations, government and the general public,” Chirwa said.

He said they have pumped K40 million into sponsorship and K20 million in activation.

“This is the first of three seasons and both participants and viewers stand a chance to win cash, branded regalia and free tickets. We have sponsored three seasons at K40 million each season; K120 million for three years,” he said.

The show will see the winner walking away with K5 million, with second and third-place winners receiving K2 million and K1 million, respectively.

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