Newly appointed Attorney General (AG) Chikosa Silungwe is trending on the internet, not for his vast law experience or the fact that he represented the Vice President Saulos Chilima during the election case, but rather his dreadlocked hair style.
Since President Lazarus Chakwera appointed Silungwe, the social media busted with fascination of a dreadlocked man who has taken a government position saying the appointment broke the stereotype.
The courtroom mail of Nigeria wrote: “The new Attorney General of Malawi is trending on social media for challenging stereotypes.”
“The new Attorney General of Malawi, Dr Chikosa Silungwe PhD wears dreadlocks. That is the subject of the debate amongst African lawyers on social media at the moment. That is unusual for a lawyer but it is indeed a bold statement,” reads the article.
Kenya’s law-justice opera. com in a story titled: “Meet Dr Chikosa Silungwe the Dread locked New Malawi Attorney General” said with his trademark dreadlocks, Dr Chikosa has joined the league of African lawyers spoting fancy or unconventional hair and dressing styles to ascend to positions of the Attorney General or chief justice.
In Uganda The Guardian Wire—admiring Silungwe’s hairstyle—pointed out that dreadlocks were not part of the dress code for the legal professional in that country saying; “perhaps what is even more interesting, especially for our legal practice in Uganda, the new Attorney General has dreadlocks.
“A sight like his is rare in Uganda’s legal practice and is so deep rooted that even law students are not expected to have dreadlocks as part of their dress code.
“Even a long beard is prohibited at the centre. Now imagine dreadlocks,” the online paper quoted an anonymous student at Law Development Centre (LDC).
“As more and more distinguished lawyers like him continue to make statements in the world, maybe Uganda’s systems will start to appreciate that what matters is only the content of your brain,” wrote the student.
In interview with The Daily Times Silungwe said he will maintain his hairstyle despite accepting the government position.
Silungwe is an expert in Constitutional Law; Constitutional Theory; Gender and Land relations; Governance; Land Law; Land Reform; Law Reform; Law in Development; Legislative Drafting; Political Economy; Public International Law; and Property law.