By Ian Carter Phiri
UK based charitable Organisation ‘Unika’ aimed at building a socially inclusive society where all people feel valued regardless of individual differences was officially launched on November 21, in a glamorous ceremony held at Dunstable Leisure Centre, in Luton Bedfordshire, UK.
The red – carpet evening occasion attracted a cross -section of people including, Charge de Affaires and Malawi Deputy High Commissioner, His Excellency, Hon John Tembo Jnr and was graced by the Mayor of Luton Borough, Cllr Mohammed Farooq.
The evening event was braced with lots live entertainment and definately marvellous to watch. It was curtain raised by Pamtengo Radio Dj and Singer /songwriter, Lungo who showcased a brilliant live performance of the much awaited hit single “My Love”
Headlined by the multi-talented and Sensational Reggae Superstar, Mathias ‘Matty’ Julius, Unika launch gave a feast of great entertainment especially with having Matty coming second on the time table and mesmerised fans with a great performance of his hit single “Matty Luv”
With his melodious vocals reigning supreme, the dread locked music genius rocked through the roof of Dunstable Leisure Centre and turned the whole event brilliantly rewarding to watch.
Matty also ditched out some of his great vibes from his incomparable “Wekutafara Album” such as Ndokurevera as well as the Album’s title track Wekutafara among others.
Also performing on the night was Pamtengo Gospel Sensation, Sis Maneli, Upcoming Malawi’s dancehall Star, Justice Madeya and Wizzy, AVM and the Ugandan Duo, Biggz Holiday and Rastor Soke.
Yet another performance of the night was by Nigerian born Londonspec who brew everyone away as he performed his hit single, Easy Oooh, currently a regular feature on Pamtengo Radio airwaves. The dancing machine was obviously a marvel to watch especially with his dancing antics that added yet another thrill to the occasion and heightened the occasion into the climax.
In his remarks, the Mayor of Luton Borough, Cllr Mohammed Farooq commended the management of Unika and all participating partners for the tremendous work that the organisation was doing aimed at enhancing the health, social, economic and physical security in the UK and other developing countries such as Malawi.
“We know that by building a socially inclusive society where all people feel valued, their differences respected so that they can live a dignified life, is something that we as a council also embrace. We therefore hold this charity’s vision and achievements in the highest regard” said His Worship the Mayor
Speaking earlier during the launch, Charge de Affaires and Malawi Deputy High Commissioner, H.E John Tembo Jnr said his mission was most delightful at the establishment of Unika to cater for social inclusiveness of the elderly whom he said were specifically vulnerable due to age and poverty.
“We are aware that running a charity is not an easy task. It requires resources, time, strength, courage and out of everything it requires unity. It is therefore a duty of us all Malawians to build support for this charity in order to reach out to all corners of Malawi in areas that lack similar basic social economic needs that Nathenje community is now benefiting from Unika” said Tembo
In her presentation, Co Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Unika, Munya Sajanga said now that her charity’s borehole project was in its completion stage, her organisation would embark on building a Home Care Centre where the elders could be taken care of in the remaining days of their lives, she said
The Borehole project has currently seen 7 boreholes dug in Nathenje, Malawi to provide safe clean water for 15 Villages around Nathenje.
According to Sajanga Unika also intends to provide training for older persons on economic empowerment and continued employment, she said adding that her Organisation will advocate and lobby for the rights of of older persons including the provision of legal, paralegal and investigative services to ensure that their human and democratic rights are recognised and respected, said Sajanga popularly known by her adoring fans on Pamtengo radio as Lady M.
Co Founder and Senior Trustee of Unika, Henderson Mmangisa said Unika was established with the aim of helping older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination in order to overcome poverty so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives, said Mmangisa who also gave a brief background of Unika’s working partner, Hope for the Elderly (H.O.P.E) a non – government, non – political and non – profit making organisation aimed at promoting social gerontology, advocacy and raising awareness on population ageing challenges.
HOPE was established in 2004 and caters for reduction of dependency by providing support to older persons specifically in Malawi and Africa at large.
Flanked by his Co Founder Sajanga, Mmangisa said the potential of older people to remain useful citizen in our our society was being threatened by a number of social, political, economic and psychological factors, he pointed out.
“But we are committed to change society’s negative altitude, policies and practices at all levels in all sectors to ensure that enormous potential of older people can be realized, empasised Mmangisa”
He therefore noted that Unika’s thematic areas were ageing, human rights, advocacy, HIV/AIDS, food security, consultancy and training in Social Gerontology.
Also speaking, brainchild of Women Aspiring Great Success (WAGS) Everjoy Kurangwah said creating a platform for business minded women and those aspiring to succeed in life was her Organisation’s top priority.
“We advocate to advise young girls that the only Wags they should dream of becoming are women aspiring great success.”
WAGS started as a group on Facebook this year and has since embarked onto a radio show on Pamtengo Radio Station.
The Director of Ceremonies was Pamtengo Radio Broadcaster MC Chijota alonside fellow radio presenter, Empress Tricia with DJ Bily on the decks under the assistance of Pamtengo Radio Chief Sound Engineer, Dj Flinstone for technical engineering.