Malawi could elevate to unimaginable social economic development heights and produce great achievers if every citizen fully exploited their innovativeness and embraced a hardworking spirit.
The observation was made by President Prof Peter Mutharika Friday evening at Kamuzu Palace where he hosted the second edition of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation’s (MBC) Innovations Awards, 2016.
Emphasising on the three pillars of hard work, patriotism and integrity, President Mutharika recognised the country’s National netball team, whose coach Griffin Sayenda scooped the sports category of the awards and the innovator of innovators award, as an example of how far Malawi can go in achieving its goals if determined.
Said Mutharika, “A team of netball girls who defeat mightier countries tells us how much we can conquer with patriotism, integrity and hard work. It takes love of one’s country to fight for it, and it takes innovative thinking to win. This is the spirit that we need to tell the world that we are a nation of achievers.”
The Head of State has since challenged Malawians to embrace belief in oneself and use whatever one can, to make a positive difference.
Speaking at the event earlier, MBC’s Director General, Aubrey Sumbuleta disclosed that inspiration to hatch the idea of the awards was drawn from President Mutharika’s pro development philosophies, including the three pillars.
Sumbuleta also explained that the awards were designed to compliment MBC’s quest of inspiring the nation, and in the same spirit, the state broadcaster has donated K 5 million to the Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (FEDOMA).
Each one of the 10 awardees walked away with a certificate of recognition, a trophy and a K 1 million cash prize.
The awardees will also each be flown to China on a month long fully funded educative tour to have them exposed and hopefully borrow a leaf on how their fellows apply their respective skills and innovations.
The national netball team coach walked away with an extra K 2 million as innovator of innovators.