CLAIM awards 12 students for winning in a writing competition

BLANTYRE: The Christian Literature Association of Malawi (CLAIM) has awarded 12 students for emerging winners in a Short Story and Nthano Writing Competition.

The awarding ceremony took place on Saturday in Blantyre during CLAIM’s 50 years’ anniversary celebrations.

CLAIM’s Board Chairperson, Reverend Brian Kamwendo said they thought of engaging the students who are CLAIM’s direct beneficiaries and consumers to the competition as one way of nurturing the writing and reading skills in the younger generation.

The reading and writing culture is slowly dwindling. So we decided to rekindle it by involving those on the nursery bed in this case the students so that they may be able to develop their skills as well as enhance the reading culture, said Reverend Kamwendo.

One of the winners in the Chichewa Nthano writing competition, Lufiati Nyuzi who is a Form 4 student at Phwezi Boys Secondary School, applauded CLAIM for the initiative saying it has helped him showcase his talent.

My dream is to write both English and Chichewa books, so that competition was an exposure for me to showcase what I can do.

I would like to urge my fellow students to write and read more because this is the only way we can know a lot of things as well as pass our examinations, said Nyuzi.

Another winner, Hastings Khamula, a student at Thyolo Secondary School expressed excitement over his winning saying that it has inspired him to do more as he aspires to be a writer too.

The competition drew participation from Upper and Junior Secondary School categories and winners went away with K100,000 cash prize and K100,000 worth of books from CLAIM to enrich their libraries, second runners went away with K50,000 cash prize and K50,000 worth of books from CLAIM while the third runner up went away with K25,000 cash prize and K25,000 as well as K25,000 worth of books from CLAIM.

In the short story writing upper secondary category, Helen Kapile from St Marys Secondary School emerged the winner with her story seconded by Fazai Chakwera from Kabwabwa CDSS and Patel Gideon who came third. In the Junior Category Rexa Siliya emerged winner, followed by Yohane Munthali from Phwezi Boys Secondary School with Emily Mdoka from Likuni Gilrs Secondary School coming third.

In the Nthano category which involved writing a Chichewa nthano titled ‘Ngati kumaloto’, Hastings Khamula from Thyolo Secondary School emerged winner seconded by Lufiati Nyuzi from Phwezi Boys Secondary School and Reen Kulumpando. In the junior secondary category, Patience Kapunga from Phwezi Boys Secondary School came first seconded by Evelyn Masasa from Bakhita Secondary School and Prisca Kuphera from.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA