Washington DC–Fifteen-year old Zenani Munthali on Saturday drew tears from people that attended this year’s Malawi Washington Association (MEA) panel discussion in the US capital Washington DC.
The soft-spoken, but visibly confident high schooler told Maravi Post during the MWA Family Picnic on Sunday that she’s a proud Malawian.
Born in the US, Zenani said she and her family go to visit Malawi every year and she is always happy to go; she loves Malawi and very proud of her Malawian roots and heritage.
She’s the first born daughter of Mteuka and Florence Munthali, and like her Dad has lived in the USA all her life, but very proud to associate herself with and always tells her friends she is from Malawi.
In the panel discussion, she was enthused to add that when she brings her friends to the MWA picnic and other celebration events, they always talked and are impressed at the warm welcome they get from the Malawians gathered at the functions.
“I always tell them, this is how Malawians are, ‘we are the warm heart of Africa.'”
Patricia Msaka Kankodo told me she was so impressed with Zenani’s love for Malawi made me proud of her openness.
“She spoke from deep in her heart,” I couldn’t stop my tears,” Patricia told me.
“She had notes on her phone, but she only looked down at them once. Which means that she spoke from the heart,” Mwiza Munthali (a member of MWA committee, and uncle to Zenani).
The panel discussion was followed by a dinner dance that attracted the brief presence of Malawi’s envoy to the US, Ambassador Edward Sawerengera.
Ambassador Sawerengera has meanwhile said that although he has not officially met with the Malawi community in DC, he hoped to do so once timing logistics are worked out between him and the MWA leadership.