By Our reporter
The Flames Heritage Malawi has organised an online Zoom meeting for the youth billed as ‘Youth in Perspective.’ It takes place this coming Saturday, 19th September 2020 from 1pm to 2pm with prominent guest speakers to share their perspective for the youth about fulfilling their potential in light of their inherent heritage.
The main focus on the day which the guest speakers will examine in their presentations, is the question of identity and pushing one self to fulfil dreams taking into account ones background.
According to many scholars exposing the youth to their roots has very positive attributes of bringing their full potential and self-esteem to the fore as opposed to when they have no any sense of identity. Parents are therefore edged to take advantage of this event to encourage their children to attend and since it is happening online, it means people can join from which ever part of the world they are.
About the Guest Speakers for the event
There will be three prominent guest speakers to share their experiences and how they feel one can navigate the question of identity and self-esteem, these are:
DR HARVEY COLLINS KWIYANI
Dr Harvey Collins Kwiyani originated from Malawi some years ago. He stayed for several years in the USA before relocating to the UK. He teaches theology, missiology, and leadership courses at several places in the USA, Europe and Africa but is currently based at Liverpool Hope University as Senior Lecturer where he teaches African Theology.
He founded and continues to be the general editor of African Missiology. He is also author of several books including such titles as, ‘Sent Forth: African Missionary Work in the West’, ‘Mission-shaped Church in a Multi-cultural World’, and the book, ‘Our Children Need Roots and Wings.’
Dr Kwiyani will present the History of Malawi, linking it to the United Kingdom to advise the impact it has on identity especially for children born in the diaspora of Malawian parents, in some cases of mixed heritage.
Tikhala Chimpango is an educator. She has worked in various organisations in the UK, most notable the Refugee Action where she was for 8 years. However, her focus has now turned to education.
She also is passionate in working with the youth and women on transformational and empowerment issues. This resulted in her co-founding the women organisation, Woman Arise, a motivational vehicle to women currently based in Manchester but reaching out widely to the whole UK and abroad.
Tikhala will enlighten the youth to have a re-look at themselves and accept the responsibilities they carry through her presentation titled; ‘Standing on the Shoulders – Becoming a Bridge.’ This, she would possibly suggest on the day, can be done perhaps mostly through parents encouraging their young ones. It will therefore make sense for the parents also to attend alongside the youth.
MR ESAU KANYENDA
Most younger people aspire to become celebrities of some sort, for example becoming a professional football player. Esau Kanyenda will share his experiences in playing football at the highest level internationally and how then he dealt with the fact of being different from others, including where language differences could have been a potential barrier. He will also encourage the youth through the regimes he followed to become an excellent athlete. This is one of the rarest moments Mr Kanyenda will be sharing his wisdom to the youth.
The first and only Malawi International Football player to have played in the glamorous UEFA Champions League. Esau Kanyenda started his career in 1998 in Malawi and played for local team Dwasco for three years before he went to South Africa to play in its Premier League, with Jomo Cosmos in Johannesburg between 2001 and 2003.
In 2003, Kanyenda moved to Russia where he played in top club, FC Rostov in Russia’s Premier League. Later in 2005 joined FC Lokomotiv Moscow, a renowned football club in Europe and in the world, after being the third top goal scorer in the Russian top league. This is where he played at the highest of European football tournament, the UEFA Champions league.
In 2006, Kanyenda was recognised as the first ever African ambassador to represent the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi’s bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics bid. He is one of the best football strikers Malawi has ever produced.
After that he played in Denmark and went back to South Africa before relocating back to Malawi where more recently he played for Be-Forward Wanderers FC of Malawi Super League 2017 to 2018, 43 games scoring 18 goals, while sorting out his coaching badges. Worthy noting is his contribution to the Malawi National Football team where he played for 15 years between year 2000 to 2015, scoring 21 important goals having been capped 65 times. Totals professional football goals scored by Esau totalled 188 goals in 511 appearances.
The Organisers of the event
The project; Flames, the Oral History of Malawi People Living in Manchester (Flames Heritage Malawi) is funded by the UK, National Heritage Lottery Fund and is undertaken by the organisation called The Order of St Hadrian based in Moston, Manchester. The Project Manager is Dr Charles Leyman Kachitsa.
The organiser The Apostolic Order of St Hadrian of Canterbury is a historical and research based organisation having been founded as a non-chivalric, pentecostal Christian and Educational order by Archbishop Doye Agama to uphold the memory of St Hadrian (The African), through his tenets of exemplary humility, excellence in service and the community.
The meeting will be hosted by the incredible Miss Mishal Saeed. To join the meeting on Saturday, 19th September 2020, please click on the link below with (if requested) password as – Malawi: ‘Youth in Perspective Seminar, Flames Heritage Malawi.’