South African veteran musician Pamela Nkutha, famous for songs such as ‘Muranziwa’ and ‘Melody’ off her album This is Africa is one of the artists set to perform at Senior Chief Lukwa’s 25 years of chieftainship celebration on Friday.
Lukwa of Kasungu District has organised various activities at his Chidzenje headquarters over the weekend.
“We will have a church service to thank God for seeing me through the 25 years of chieftainship. After the church service, it will be time to feast. We will finish off the day with traditional dances and more performances from Symon and Kendall and Pamela Nkutha,” he said.
Born Felix Martin Banda, Lukwa became Traditional Authority in October 1997 following the death of his uncle Lukwa Saizi in 1996.
At that time, the current traditional leader was serving in the Malawi Defence Force as an officer cadet trainer at Kamuzu Military College in Salima District.
Lukwa said he has invited people from all walks of life to celebrate with him on the day.
“I have invited my fellow traditional leaders to join me on this great day. We will also have politicians from different parties and business captains from all over the country. Religious leaders from various faith groups will also be part of the celebration,” he said.
The traditional leader said he has deliberately opened the celebration to all sectors of society “because as a chief, I have received support from across the board”.
“There is no way I would have been celebrating this great day if such sectors did not support me. So, this celebration is also a way of saying thank you to everyone for supporting me,” Lukwa said.
Organising committee chairperson Amon Nkhata said the event will be a big celebration with a highly-powered delegation from Chewa King Kalonga Gawa Undi.
“We will also have a delegation which will be led by Zambia’s former First Lady Veronica Mwanawasa and members of the Chewa Heritage Foundation in Zambia and Mozambique. Other Chewas will come from as far as South Africa and other countries,” Nkhata said.