Written by  Simeon Boyce

Author of the newly launched Malangano Novel Alfred Msadala has expressed delight with feedback the book has received from students of Mjamba and Malosa secondary schools. Msadala made these remarks at Malosa Secondary School in Zomba where he was giving awards to six students who have given the best reviews on the book through a project which was aimed at developing critical thinking skills among learners.

Msadala and Some of the participants Msadala and Some of the participants

The reviews came six months after launching Malangano novel, and  two secondary schools of M’jamba in Blantyre and Malosa in Zomba were presented with free copies and were challenged to conduct a review on the novel using critical thinking.

In an interview said through recommendation he decided to engage the two schools to see if the book is communicating well following feedback he got from critics.

“As writers we do not venture into the art for the purposes of warehousing nor the gracing of bookstore stand. We aim at reaching out to the reader,” he said.

At the awards ceremony at Malosa, Msadala gave the awards to six students from the two schools that outclassed others in their analysis.

The most outstanding awardee, a Form 3 student from N’jamba secondary school in Blantyre Souvenir Jana says she enjoyed reading the novel while getting life lessons.

Said Souvenir: “At the time I was reading the book, I really benefited a lot for example the incident of Molly getting pregnant from a mad person, this happened because of the sexual feelings she had, so I have learnt self-control”.

Alfred Msadala has since lauded the project saying apart from encouraging the reading culture among learners, the analyses given by the students has shown that they have applied critical thinking when analyzing it.  

“I am very much impressed with how the students have analyzed the book especially with presentation that came from N’jamba secondary school. It was something that was emotional. The presenter was taken to the extent of stopping looking at the book but addressing the audience giving the sign that they should take the lesson,” said Msadala.   

For being outstanding the students received twenty thousand Kwacha cash and Claim –Bookshop text book vouchers each.

Malangano novel is the first English novel by veteran write Alfred Msadala who is also Pen Malawi President. The novel revolves around the two characters Molly and Henry. In the novel Molly the form two girls fails to progress with her education after being impregnated by her childhood friend who is mentally disabled.

Alfred Msadala is a writer, an essayist and a Literary talk columnist at The Sunday Times.

Some of the other books that the former Book Publishers Association of Malawi has authored include Reminiscence, One, Steve Chimombo, Destined for Great Things, We Lost track of Ausi, Ten Tidal Waves, A Ragged Portfolio of My Portrait and War Drums are Beating.

Msadala has also edited Neighbour’s Wife and Other Stories, Sprouts of Dowa Hills as well as co-edited with Zondiwe Mbano Mangadzi was Here.


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