Prolific poet Robert Chiwamba, who is also Poetry Association of Malawi (Pam) president, is set to raise the country’s flag high in Nigeria where he will rub shoulders with some of the finest in his trade during the Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2022.
He said that he was looking forward to interacting with Nigeria’s Gift Chikere, an all-round creative artist who majors in music and poetry.
“This week I am in Abuja, Nigeria where I will be reciting together with one of Nigeria’s well known artists Gift Chikere on Friday,” the poet wrote on his Facebook page.
Chiwamba, who mostly trades his art in vernacular Chichewa language, relished the opportunity, adding that the invitation was extended to him by Unesco and the government of Nigeria, which has organised this year’s event.
“I thank God for these opportunities. The sky is not even the limit,” he said.
Chiwamba is a Unesco and European Union’s Skills and Technical Education Program Ambassador and on its website, Unesco describes the artist as a multi-award winning vernacular spoken word recording poet who is a strong believer of using art as a tool for advocacy.
The Global Media and Information Literacy Week is commemorated annually and provides a platform for stakeholders to review and celebrate progress achieved towards media and information literacy for all.
Stephen Dakalira is a seasoned Journalist who works as Times Group’s Online and Digital Executive Editor. He is also the Assistant Editor of The Sunday Times Newspaper, and author of Full Circle column which appears in Malawi News; all of these under the Times Group stable.
He has previously worked in key positions for some of Malawi’s key media institutions such as Malawi News Agency, Capital FM Radio and Star Radio (Now Timveni Radio).