The presence of comic Daliso Chaponda, the Britain’s Got Talent 2017 finalist, performances of contemporary gospel musician Faith Mussa and Congolese music legend Awilo Longomba at the 4th edition of the glamorous Malawi Achievers UK in Leicester stood out most.
But the complete list of winners also gave credence to the objectives of the achievement awards.
A 24-year-old Malawi-born football striker Pearson Mwanyongo, who has been signed by Boston United, scooped the award for sports while student Sangwani Harawa who emerged the winner of Miss Teen Africa in London last December, picked the gong for the rising star.
Best Arts and Culture award went to trained lawyer and writer Mzondi Lungu, who is also a social-political commentator.
In the best corporate business category, Amophi Shipping was awarded while Power Global Radio won best media.
Thandie Hara-Msulira and Leah Hara won the award of Community champion.
Daughters of Nyasa claimed the award for Best Malawian Event of the Year which was held in Coventry.
Organisers also gave one-man-band Faith Mussa a ‘special recognition’ award after he had flied Malawi flag at the Glastonbury Festival.
Former vice chairperson of Malawi Association UK, Gertrude Chirambo who is now Councillor in Blantyre went home with a ‘special achievement’ award.
The international recognition award went to Emma Learing of Amayi United while Doctor Henry Matiti was the highlight of the awards when he received Life Time Achievement.
According to Malawi Achievers Awards UK Chief Executive Officer Stepson Mbewe, a panel of independent judges met to scrutinise the nominations and picked the winners on merit.
He said the Malawi Achievers Awards UK is undeniably getting bigger and better every year, saying “this is possible and can continue to grow only if your acts of goodwill and support will continue. We are very grateful and promise to give it our all to make it even better.”
Source: Nyasa Times