Safe haven for Lazarus Chigwandali


Musician Lazarus Chigwandali has finally has a safe haven to live in after Johan Hugo of The Very Best, alongside filmmaker Clem Kwizombe, Spiwe Zulu and Esau Mwamwaya bought him a K19 million house.

Chigwandali, a man with albinism, is expected to move into the new house later this month, according to Mwamwaya.

Hugo confirmed yesterday that Chigwandali now has his own house which they bought using funds raised from a kick-starter campaign.


“It is exciting that finally it has worked out. We did a kick-starter campaign and 150 people donated money towards Lazarus’ house. It was all about having Lazarus and his family have a safe house,” he said.

Hugo, who has also been instrumental in raising Lazarus’ music profile, said the house has high walls and a barbed wire, guard dogs, floodlights and alarms to maximise security.

“So, all these incredible people from all over the world helped Lazarus and his family buy this house. Of course, Clem, Esau and Spiwe worked so hard to make this happen,” he said.


He maintained that the fundraiser was worldwide but that he started it in the United Kingdom.

Hugo added that it has been their goal from the beginning to get a safe place for Chigwandali and his family.

“It was all about getting Lazarus and family a nice house that is safe in the very beginning, to help him have a big music career and grow as an activist for people with albinism and we have managed to do that,” he said.

Chigwandali, who was performing in the streets of Lilongwe before he came into contact with Hugo and team, recently said his desire is to see that persons with albinism are fully protected in the country.

He hailed Hugo and his team for lifting him “to the top”.

“My life has changed and I have developed in music,” Chigwandali said.

His wife also said during the launch of his documentary in Lilongwe recently that life has changed for the family of three children, two with albinism.

“I never knew things would turn out to be like this. We have been living in fear especially with attacks directed at persons with albinism,” she said.

Chigwandali, whose documentary won an award in United States of America, performed at Lake of Stars Festival held at Kachere Kastle in Nkhata Bay.

In August this year, he launched his album Stomp on the Devil in United Kingdom where he also screened his documentary.

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