Tucked in at the heart of Liwonde, a booming investment haven of Machinga, a new entertainment haven opened its doors for operation on Friday – New Years’ Day.
The over 10,000 capacity Ngomi’s Park has already earned the praise of celebrated musician Lucius Banda, who described the facility as “a New Year gift to Malawi’s entertainment industry and musicians”.
“This place is massive; it is a very good facility and one of the best in the country and the first of its kind in the Eastern Region. Elias Ngomano [the owner] has respected us artists, you know Liwonde has suffered greatly from lack of good venues since the times of manpower hence this new facility, the Ngomi’s Park, has resurrected live music entertainment here in Liwonde,” said Lucius, who performed as a headliner for the opening ceremony.
“It is not an ordinary facility, its a big stage of over 13 metres long and five metres wide can accommodate a 20 piece band, which is basically an orchestra, hence to have such a facility locally is a plus for the Malawi music industry,” said Lucius, alias Soldier.
With a very big stage, spacious park, the facility was constructed targeting outdoor entertainment, weddings, prayer functions and all other functions, according to Ngomano the owner.
“I hatched the ambitious project after noting that there was no spacious venue for out-door entertainment here in Liwonde. I felt there was need to have a place where people can go as a family to sample all sorts of entertainment, for instance watch live bands, soccer on big screen, drama and even sporting activities like tennis, basketball and netball – that is exactly what we will be offering here,” said Ngomano, adding he has invested a lot to fulfill the dream.
“It is one-stop centre for entertainment and leisure, and we are assuring people of Liwonde and indeed Malawians that we will not tire in our creativity to ensure people have the best entertainment in this facility,” he said.
The facility has also some build in chalets, offering an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to sell drinks, foodstuffs and other things, at a fee.
“We designed this facility to match international standards so that it provides the best venue for both local and international musicians and entertainers,” said Ngomano of his 10,000 plus capacity facility.
And, Lucius and his Zembani Band did not disappoint audience during the official opening.
He performed the best numbers from his numerous albums. The audience was excited as Soldier showed his prowess on the vocals.
The Zembani dancing crew, led by Jane Anije Khongwa, added spice to Soldier’s performance that made many – male and female, young and old – not stick to available seats but get glued to the dancing arena.
“This place is cute, I don’t regret travelling all the way from Dedza to be part of the opening dance,” said one patron, Lucius Matope.
Another, Bertha Banda added: “Let the singing and dancing go, this place is not only spacious but hygienic, going by the good toilets and bathrooms they have, viva Ngomi’s Park.”
And, Economic Empowerment Action Group’s chair, Lewis Chiwalo said the facility has demonstrated that Malawian small business entrepreneurs are capable of transforming the country’s business landscape with creative ventures.
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