Musicians Lulu and Piksy have been listed in the first group of Malawi 2063 and Inter-generational development champions
Piksy and Lulu have been listed as Malawi 2063 popularisation champions. The list also has Pemphero Mphande, a social media influencer and co-founder of Fact, who has been named as Malawi2063 mindset change champion.
The other names on the list include Charles Ulaya, a social media influencer and banker as Malawi 2063 mindset change champion and Professor Address Malata Malawi 2063 Human capital development champion, who is the Vice Chancellor of Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must).
Lulu, who has Mathumela Band and studios, said Tuesday that being part of the list was a good sign for the creative industry.
“It was supposed to start way back but I am happy to be recognised. I am happy that we can work together with the system,” the ‘N’zalera’ creator said.
Piksy, who stitched the Malawi 2063 theme song described being part of the first group of champions as a great achievement for his career as an artist.
“I am glad that our work can now be recognised nationally and our influence as artists is being appreciated. I am personally humbled and willing to dedicate myself to the appointment,” he said.
National Planning Commission (NPC) Chairperson Richard Mkandawire said during the launch of the Malawi 2063 Champions Recognition Programme in Lilongwe on Monday that the commission will sustain the programme that seeks to recognise and celebrate individuals that are making commendable efforts in development as well as influencing change.
“The champions are identified in their general contribution to the vision but also in line with their specific contribution to the vision’s three pillars of creating wealth and the seven enablers that support the inclusive wealth creation,” Mkandawire said.
On the inclusion of Lulu and Piksy, NPC spokesperson Thom Khanje, said the creative industry is part and parcel of the Malawi 2063 national vision and that it has huge potential to boost the country’s tourism, preserve culture, create jobs and generate wealth for Malawians.