Chewa Heritage gets Airtel money for Kulamba Ceremony


All is set for this year’s Kulamba Ceremony of the Chewa People to be held in Zambia on Saturday with Malawi’s top mobile service provider, Airtel donating over a K2 million Cheque to Chewa Heritage Foundation (Chefo) towards transportation of chiefs to Mkaika, Katete District of Zambia, for the event.


Handing over, the donation, Airtel Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Norah Chavula said Airtel is proud to be associated with culture.

“As you are aware that Airtel assisted coronation of Paramount Chief Gomani of Ntcheu, on top of that we also came in with assistance towards coronation of Paramount Chief Mmbelwa 5 of Mzimba and recently we also gave another cheque towards Umuthetho on Ngoni people in Mzimba and today we are with another donation towards Kulamba ceremony,” said Chavula.

Receiving the Cheque, CHEFO Chairperson, Professor Kenyama Phiri thanked Airtel for the donation.

“This will help us a lot,” he pointed out.

Speaking to reporters later, Phiri said all is now set for this year’s Kulamba ceremony.

Phiri was flanked by his vice, Kenneth Mseka, Secretary General Sefren Khumula, Publicity Secretary Hendrex Chikuni and Fundraising vice chair Edward Chileka Banda.

This year’s Kulamba traditional ceremony will take place on 29 August and will be presided over by Paramount Chief Karonga Gawa Undi of the Chewa people from Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.

The Kulamba Ceremony is an annual traditional ceremony of the Chewa speaking people that portray the rich cultural heritage of the Chewa speaking people from about 137 Chewa chiefdoms in Malawi, 33 in Mozambique and 42 in Zambia.