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Mzuni set to host Malawian Oral Night

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Mzuzu University (Mzuni) through its students studying oral literature will on May 26, hold a Malawian Oral Night.

Mzuni drama lecturer Misheck Mzumara confirmed the development Thursday saying the event will feature traditional dances from all the three regions of the country.

“We will also have stories of legends from all regions of Malawi and major proverbs from all regions of Malawi,” said Mzumara, who is a renowned actor for Nanzikambe Arts Theatre.

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He said the performances are from first year students studying African Oral literature.

Mzumara said the aim of the Malawian Oral Night is to instill in people a positive and intelligent attitude towards oral literature.

“People should look at oral literature as a living reality that is found all around us. People should be enjoying it,” he said.

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Mzumara said the show will see students bring to light some of the major proverbs in the country – “which I feel can contribute a lot to written literature.”

He said this was the beginning of more performances of such nature.

“It will be a great source from which many young writers can tap from to enrich their writing in modern Malawi. The great novel, Things fall Apart for instance by Chinua Achebe uses a lot of oral literature, more especially proverbs,” said Mzumara.

The drama lecturer said the event will be free for both students and members from surrounding communities.

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