By Constance Pindikani, Mana:
Lilongwe Maseko Ngoni Chapter on Sunday launched a female wing as part of promoting and preserving culture.
The wing which is based in Lumbadzi was formed in February this year.
There are several Maseko Ngoni chapters in the country including Zomba, Blantyre, Kasungu and Balaka.
Chair lady for the Lumbadzi wing, Esther Mbengwa said the launch of the chapter would help women discuss issues affecting them and how best to move forward in uplifting culture.
“The idea of establishing this wing is to help women to have a group of their own where they can teach one another how best to promote our culture and pass it on to their children because women are the ones that take care of children unlike men,” Mbengwa said.
She added: “We have been teaching one another how to make the Ngoni attire, embroidery and weaving. We mostly order these things from South Africa but now we want to be doing these things on our own and we can only do that through our wings”.
Mbengwa urged women, who are not party to this group to join in order to promote Maseko Ngoni heritage.
The launch was graced by Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Zamula, who commended the women wing for the initiative.
Lilongwe Chapter’s Chairperson, Andrew Chisale hailed women for the great role they play in promoting and preserving culture.