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- Date of birth: 11th February 1998
- Entertainment sector: Spoken Word poet, actress
- District of residence: Chikwawa
- Academic levels: 3rd year at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, where she is studying Social Science, majoring in Sociology.
Profile by Lawrence Nachipo
Phindu Zaie Banda, is driven by her passion to break the silence surrounding inequalities more especially negatively affecting a girl child.
She ventured into serious acting when she was 14 years old and started writing poetry when she was 16.
Her source of inspiration came out of her observation onto how women were being abused in various societies countrywide. More so when such women chose to suffer in silence. It was such an inspiration that she made a name out of herself as force to reckon with in the word of Spoken Art in 2015 by performing at events within the University of Malawi and then going on to dazzle the audience of Times Television’s Chanco’s Got Talent event.
That was the genesis of her ever blossoming glorious career that has seen her rubbing shoulders with some of the country’s finest in game. She has left audiences in awe in such events as Qabaniso Malewezi’s “People” launch and tour, The Lake of Stars and UNESCO Children’s Future Festival (2016), The Lake of Stars Arts Festival (2016), Tumaini Festival (2017), African Union University Club Launch and at Sanjika Palace, for the First Lady of the Republic of Malawi.
Above all, Phindu is not only the goddess in Spoken Art arena, she is also living the talk of her art by mentoring secondary school going learners as she is the peer mentor for Malawi Red Cross Society. In her role as a Peer Mentor, she works with secondary school girls in rural areas to help them express themselves through poetry and drama.
Phindu is not your everyday young female activist. She has achieved more than what her age entails. Among others, she has contributed to the 2016 Sapitwa Poetry Movement’s “Art for a Cause” project which spoke out against the killing of people with albinism. Her work also appears in the 2018 digital publications Melanonia and For Your Mentality-4YM which respectively address black womanhood and mental health among young Malawians.
Above all, Phindu is the former president of the Chancellor College Writers’ Workshop, the institution’s official body of writers and is the current Director of Women’s Affairs in the Students’ Union.
Currently, she is working on a poetry collective called “Whispers: The Girl Within,” which brings to light stories of girls and women who were unable to voice their suffering and is in the process of recording some of her work, to produce a studio album.
One of her hit spoken word pieces, “Silence,” has recently been adapted into a stage play. Some of her work can be found on https://facebook.com/mawuaphindu and www.sapitwapoetry.com.