Mulhako wa Alhomwe organisers encourage the youth to take pride in culture

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By Justin Mkweu

Organisers of the annual Mulhako wa Alhomwe cultural festival are encouraging young people to love their cultures.

Chairperson of the event, Mulli has emphasised on the need for the youth to learn and understand their culture from a young age.

The remarks were made during the opening of a three-day youth conference which has ended today at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Thyolo district.

Speaking during the event, Mulli said at a time the western culture is swallowing the indigenous, it is only important to remind the youths about their roots.

“We need to start grilling things from the grassroot, I have told them about the cultural values of Mlakho that they should be attending the initiation ceremonies and love other tribes.

“This youth conference is important because there is time for everything and we need to hand over to the youth because even if you can see me, I am aging,” the Chairperson narrated.

One of the speakers at the conference was Dr Joseph Magoli from Zomba who preached about the importance of culture.

He indicated that a person without culture is like a tree without roots which can fall at any time of the day.

He said, “A person without culture is useless because each and every culture has its own traits which can contribute to the development of the society for example, hard work, respect for others and even hard work”.

The conference saw 298 students from different universities and colleges across the country gathering in Thyolo to interact and share knowledge.

One of the students from Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN), Promise Malimbitsa applauded the conference saying she has learnt a lot.

Malimbitsa revealed that she has been able to meet new people and learn more about the history of the Lomwe culture, a lesson which they can transform to development.

This year’s Mulhako wa Alhomwe is expected to commence on the 11th and will go on until the 13th of this month at Chonde, in Mulanje district.



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