Malawi’s Vice President speaks out about protestsafrica without maps

BLANTYRE, 22 Aug 2011 - Seated on the porch of her state residence in Blantyre, Malawi’s first female Vice President, Joyce Banda, wraps a thick, white shawl around her shoulders and clasps her hands together, indicating that she’s ready to be interviewed.

There is a calmness about Mudi State Residence, with its towering trees and extensive gardens. In such a setting, it is difficult to imagine the starkly different atmosphere that engulfed Malawi’s commercial capital just one month ago ...

THE PLIGHT OF THE CONDOMAFRICA WITHOUT MAPS

BLANTYRE, 25 May 2011 - “Nyimbo imodzi sachezelela gule.” (One song won’t keep you dancing throughout the night. As this Malawian proverb suggests, just one sexual partner won’t satisfy a person for their entire lifetime.

But in a country where approximately 12 per cent of the population is infected with HIV/AIDS and having multiple concurrent relationships is common, only 72 per cent of sexually active men and women are using condoms, says a 2010 health report by the National Statistics Office of Malawi ...

Stone 'babies' and fertility shameafrica without maps

BLANTYRE, 22 Mar 2011 - On a cool July evening in Malawi two summers ago, 20-year-old Agnes Musolo went into labor. She was only 24 weeks pregnant and, after having already suffered four stillbirths, she feared the worst for her unborn child. 

But she was struck by another surprise—the “baby” was, in fact, a stone ...

Flash from the pastafrica without maps

ZANZIBAR, 8 Aug 2011 - Behind a set of imposing wooden doors and in a building teeming with antiquity, lies an invaluable collection of historical documents: photographs.

Nestled among the labyrinth of narrow streets that make up the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town, Capital Art Studio literally wears the image of Zanzibar’s past but is also a treasure trove of individual histories ...

Where village life meets suburbiaafrica without maps

MZUZU, 6 Jun 2011 - With one of the fastest urbanization rates in the world, Malawi’s commercial centers are booming and as their populations grow, suburbanites are spilling into rural areas such as this.

On the outskirts of Mzuzu, the country’s third largest city, villages such as Chako Ntchako are facing displacement as the government seeks to develop the area through a planned housing scheme ...

A ROYAL ROWAFRICA WITHOUT MAPS

BLANTYRE, 24 May 2011 - The bride has finally arrived.In one swift movement, she slips out of a Rolls-Royce and gingerly readjusts her dress. It’s the moment the world has been waiting for, including reporters at the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) in Blantyre: the royal wedding.

Crowded around the newsroom television, one reporter comments on Prince William’s hairline and another on Kate Middleton’s dress. Someone is even singing along to the national anthem ...

Crashing the boy's clubafrica without maps

BLANTYRE, 28 Feb 2011 - In the middle of Blantyre’s densely populated township, Ndirande, sits Spencer Video Centre. It’s big, bright blue and blaring seriously loud music.

With featured shows ranging from Mexican wrestling to football to Asia’s best Bruce Lee films, these entertainment halls have become a “boy’s club”-type haven for so many men in the urban sprawl that is Blantyre ...