By: Vincent Gunde
BWALO LA CHEWA LAUNCHING, DOWA 7th SEPTEMBER, 2019
The Bwalo la a Chewa Foundation ( BOLA – CEFO), a cultural grouping for the Chewas in Malawi will be launched in Dowa district on 7th September, 2019.
The grouping which started from the roots of the Chewas in Malawi, has grown in its membership after the Registrar General registered it on 26th April, 2018 as the only Chewa body mandated to speak for all the Chewas in Malawi.
According to the grouping’s National Executive Director, Reverend Flywell Somanje, said Bwalo la a Chewa Foundation has attracted many Chewa Chiefs whose identities were lost through intermarriages to come out and reclaiming their lost identities.
Speaking in an interview, Rev. Somanje said for the first time in the country’s history, the Chewas in Malawi will be meeting at one place, Dowa, to prove to the world that they form the largest population out of all tribes in Malawi.
He said the Chewas have all the years been meeting at Mkaika in Zambia for an annual Kulamba cultural ceremony leaving behind children who are the custodian of promoting and preserving the Chewa culture in Malawi.
The Rev. said time has now come for the Chewa children to sample out traditional dances which for years have been performed in Zambia to their soils, Dowa, at the Community centre ground.
Rev. Somanje expressed happiness that Bwalo la a Chewa has been well received in the southern region of Malawi where the Chewas are being known by other tribal names such as a Mang’anja, a Nyanja and a Chikunda.
He said after the launch, the grouping has plans of making Khuluvi in Nsanje, Mankhamba in Mtakataka in Dedza, Zinja and many others, be a National Monument for the Chewas in Malawi.
Rev. Somanje expressed hope that government will delegate a guest of honour to the event saying similar invitations have gone to other cultural heritages including Chewa Heritage Foundation ( CHEFO), an international NGO for all the Chewas in Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi.
The Bwalo la a Chewa Foundation launch will be held under the theme ” Chewalism and Nationalism for sustainable development of Malawi “.