Dossier November 2017

Malawi. Journey Into The Chewa Cultural Heritage.

Malawi is a country with over 10 tribes each with different cultural traditions and beliefs. Historically almost all Malawian tribes migrated from somewhere else with the indigenous ‘Akafula’ or ‘dwarfs’ being the original tribes. The Chewa tribe is the country’s largest, accounting for 34.1 percent of the 16 million people.  The second biggest tribe is…

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Marriage & Installation of Chiefs.

The Chewa people are the matrilineal society where married men are used to playing a marginal role. Marriages follow a matriarchal system where the man moves from his parents and lives with his wife at her parents’ home. When a man has found a woman to marry, he tells his uncles who will pass on…

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The Burial And The Commemoration Ceremonies.

In the small Chewa village, death has come; the bam-owl has announced it by its call. The myth of the blue-headed lizard, the messenger of death has become true. Time has come to perform the last ritual of passage, the burial and the commemoration ceremonies. The body has been washed, the hair shaved. The corpse…

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The Initiation Rites.

The initiation rites for girls take place in the village or a place close by it. This is because, among the Chewa, a matriarchal society, it is the woman who is the real owner of the village. When a girl is close to the age of puberty, the head of the family chooses a female…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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