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Waliko Makhala, Wambali Mkandawire, others decorated

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Mtembeti Wambali Mkandawire, ethno-musicians Waliko Makhala and Charles Chavalamangwere Mkanthama alongside other eminent Malawians were on Friday decorated by the Rainseekers Arts in Education Conservatoire spearheaded by veteran artist Bernard kwilimbe during a colourful event held in Lilongwe.

Rainseekers Arts In Education Conservatoire is a teacher, social-cultural animator, artisan, artist and gatekeeper leadership education initiative based on the principle of providing basic management education for development as a way of complementing the nation’s socio-economic agenda.

The event was held together with the Jane Adams Education Centre end of school term open day which is part of the Rainseekers Arts and Education Centre.

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Kwilimbe, a retired deputy director of culture said during the ceremony that through Rainseekers Arts and Education Centre, they want Malawian sons and daughters, who have served the country to their best to be recognised.

Having moved in the creative industry for years, Kwilimbe said he has seen a gap hence creating a platform that would decorate artists and others.

Kwilimbe, who is the Principal and Initiator said that he created this platform not to make gains but he realised that there were a lot of people who have done the best for the nation and yet they have never been recognised.

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“We don’t need someone to come all the way from outside the country and decorate our artists and other people. This is why I took a step and I am happy that some people have come to support me in this project,” said Kwilimbe.

He said some of the people they awarded this time around served in the government in different capacities and that they have retired.

He said those awarded deserved the awards as they have with time, championed the cause for attaining their aspirations in life and acted as role models through hard work, scholarship, patience, wisdom, creativity and courage as well as providing mentorship to others.

The first event last year saw several artists, who included veteran singer and broadcaster Maria Chidzanja Nkhoma and visual artist Elson Kambalu, being decorated.

The awards ceremony which was spiced up by performances which included music and poetry saw Rainseekers Arts In Education Conservatoire awarding certificates of recognition which also had monetary prizes.

“I am excited and this award will motivate me to continue doing the best in my work. I just want to thank Mr Kwilimbe for all this,” said Chavalamangwere Mkanthama.

Mkanthama has been in the forefront teaching young people how to play traditional instruments which are slowly losing the ground.

Makhala also hailed Kwilimbe for the initiative.

“I am thankful to Bernard Kwilimbe. I will live to remember this day. The award came as a surprise and what happened today where we were even given gowns to wear was a surprise,” he said.

Some recipients including Wambali and actress Joyce Mhango Chavula however, did not turn up for the event which was also patronised by several veteran artists including Dam Dam Longwe of the Katenga Humming Bees and Garven Moya.

Others who were decorated on the day include Sean Shabaan Kwilimbe for self starters and a mark of courage at a tender age.

There were also awards in the excellence in service: public, civic and gate keeping which went to Etta Mmangisa, Francis Kid Mkoloma, Vailet Kambuwa, Villi Chibonga, Enock Chibwana, Francis Makoza, Sam Martin Kakhobwe, Wambali and Reverend Father Canon Michael Alumbeni Mkoko.

Makoza, Kakhobwe and Mkoko were awarded for showing a unique mark in Public and Civic Strategic Management Leadership Execution while Et ta Mmangisa was awarded for showing a unique mark of interest in inculcating in the youth the notion of value classification for self esteem development

Nkoloma was awarded for showing a mark of innovativeness in the field of aeronautical engineering and related sciences while Chibonga was awarded for being inspirational to the development of women in the Christian values counseling roles.

The others were Vailet Kambuwa, who was awarded for championing the cause for unique fashion designs promotion in the garment industry through her Body Map Creations Brand Enterprise.

Wambali, who said he will not be part of the awards was decorated with a Mark of unique consistence in ensuring that one’s musical attributes and aesthetic zeal and order bring about sanity, knowledge and sincerity In the populace’s thinking.

Mhango Chavula, who triumphed at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards was awarded for being pivotal to the development of the theatrical arts through her theatre company, the Rising Choreos.

The other recipients were Nickson Malamula (visual arts), Owen Lupeska and Sam Banda Jnr (media).

Kwilimbe s a id he will continue with the programme although he was quick to say that he is disappointed that some people, who are recognised do not value the importance of the awards and that instead they choose not to receive the awards.

“This is not Kwilimbe’s thing. I am doing this for the nation because I am proud of the different works people are doing and so why not recognise them,” he said.

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