What’s That Mist?
Collins Mkombe is a Zambian who was on his way to visit a friend in Zimbabwe when I asked him to pose with DW’s new logo. He told me that he mainly listens to local and national channels, but sometimes also relies on DW and other international broadcasters for news. He is standing here in front of the mighty Zambezi river. Can you make out the cloud of mist in the background? And do you know which important African landmark is right beneath it? Tell me in the comments or link to the position in Google maps!
A Mile With… Angelo, The Entrepreneur
Angelo Kuleni Mondaka is a young entrepreneur from Lusaka. He started his business six months ago, creating the first Zambian company to sell and operate vending machines. Mondoka has already hired six employees and hopes to expand further. I met him while he was servicing coffee vending machines at the office of one of his customers.
A Mile With… Kondwani, The Malawian Journalist
One day can change a lot! I had planned to put this video about Kondwani Munthali, a reporter at Malawi’s biggest newspaper “The Nation”, on the blog today. When I visited him in the paper’s newsroom in Lilongwe, he told me about the decline of press freedom he has experienced in his country. He said that the authorities started intimidating journalists after last year’s anti-government riots that left at least 18 people dead. Munthali was very outspoken in his criticism of President Bingu wa Mutharika who he says was harming the country by chasing away donors from abroad.
Now, Malawi’s president Bingu wa Mutharika is dead. I just spoke to Munthali on the phone and he told me that he is full of hope again that his country will get back on track to press freedom and economic development. “As shocking as the president’s death is for our nation,” he told me, “I believe that this is a new beginning for Malawi. Politicians here have now learned their lesson that arrogance and intimidation won’t work.”
You can find Munthali’s personal blog here.
I have reached Malawi, the self-described “warm heart of Africa”. When I passed Dowela Saka’s tomato stall close to Mzimba in the Northern part of the country, her radio was blasting aloud with a news program in English. She was listening to the local station Mzimba Radio (and giving everyone around a free listen-in!) but said she would give DW’s Africalink a chance, too, as she is also interested in International News. I really enjoyed talking to her and thought that she was a witty and self-confident woman. When asked whether she was a tomato farmer she said “No, but I am a businesswoman who works in the business of tomatoes.”
A Mile With… Elikana, The IT Professional Hopeful
Elikama Hema is a student from Itigi in Western Tanzania. I met him when he was enjoying the shade of a big tree with his friends, discussing their latest downloads to their mobile phones. I liked the fact that Elikana’s friends were filming me with their smartphones while I was filming him! Elikana is currently waiting for admission to university to start his studies in IT. That is why he is especially interested in DW’s programs discussing all things related to Information Technology. If you want to find DW’s program in Kiswahili or in English on your radio, you can check out dw.de for the right frequencies.