The much awaited launch of Tonga Heritage festival which is aimed at preserving and promoting Tonga cultural beliefs and language among its people across the country has arrived.
The Nkhata Bay –Tonga Heritage Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the official launch of the Heritage on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Chintheche Old Aerodrome, from 8.00 am.
According to national pubicity secretary Dr Levi Zeleza Manda, the Guest of Honour who will grace the launch will be the Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Honourable Cecilia Chazama, M.P. and she will launch the Heritage.
Manda said Honourable Cecilia Chazama will be accompanied by senior government officials from the Ministry and Nkhata Bay District.
He further said the launch is expected to attract Chiefs from within and surrounding Districts, representatives of other cultural groupings in Malawi and abroad, cultural anthropologists, historians and retired civil servants.
On the day of the launch, various cultural activities including music, dance and plays such as mangolongondu, kuguza wato, kubevuka, vithuru and kukowera and performances by Zabweka Tembo and the iconic Park Town Band will take place.
Dr. Manda as they expect a unique festival, he has since urged the general public to dress smartly und use Heritage cloth which is now on sale in Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe, Nkhota Kota, Nkhata Bay and Mzuzu. Those in Heritage cloth, T-shirts and Golf Shirts will add colour to the event.
All Malawians are invited to have a glimpse of what the Tonga culture has. The audience will enjoy some Tonga cuisines like nsima ya kondowole (cassava meal) with mayani (cooked cassava leaves), nkhungu, etc.
The Tonga people, whose language is called “Chitonga” is an ethnic group which is largely found in the Northern part of Malawi, along the the shores of Lake Malawi, in Nkhata Bay District.