NEWS | POETRY
By Fyson Blessings Mumba
2019 may just be a month and a few days old, but for Yona Mlakatuli, it appears to be more of working and lesser of plays. Just barely almost a month after the release of his poetry video, Mwandisiyiranji, (a multi-lingual DVD), the youthful Mzuzu-based poet has colloborated with another up and coming youthful word artist, Geoffrey Kang’ombe in a banger, Ku College Ukupitako.
According to Yona, Ku College Ukupitako advises freshmen (and women) as they interact with new faces once they step their feet onto the corridors of tertiary institutions. It serves as an advice to the youth to stay focused with their academics instead of other issues that caneasily derail their main business there.
In an interview, Yona, himself on the verge of completing his tertiary institution at the Malawi Institute of Journalism (Mzuzu Campus), says it saddens him seeing promising girls, andboys losing track upon making it to tertiary institutions.
“It has always been a pity seeing a man or woman who could have been a useful human resource turning into a drug abuser and becoming a public nuisance courtesy of messing up their lives during their college days,” reveals he.
On his part, Yona’s colleague, Geoffrey says as artists, they have to utilize their talents to cleanse the society from its ills so as to make mother Malawi a better place for all.
“We thought of coming up with this piece because as artists, despite entertaining, we are there to also educate the nation.’’ Hammered Geoff.
The masterpiece KU COLLEGE UKUPITAKO, comes back to back with Yona’s creative poetry video Mwandisiyilanji? which is to be launched anytime soon and an audio work, Kale Pakaya.