Welcome to Austin Madinga’s #LifeUnbound Blog

I blog about the beauty and awesomeness of Malawi, the land of the lake of stars, the African continent and her diverse people.

I would love to partner with bloggers, content creators and brands on storytelling projects that expand the African narrative around tourism, travel, conservation and the continent’s people.

Life's a beach

Chintheche: Life’s a beach!

Sun and sand, fresh fish and cold beer. A photo story of the pristine beaches of Chintheche on the northern shores of Lake Malawi.

A new normal

Back to (a new) normal

The world is undergoing serious disruption. Nothing is as it used to be before – countrywide lockdowns, jobs lost, businesses folding. When it has all blown over, we can’t afford to return to our old normal.

World spun around the sun - austin madinga life unbound

The world spun around the sun again

So, the world spun around the sun yet again. And my year seems to have started uncannily similar to all other years – somehow caught in the thick of thin things.

Tumaini Festival 2019

On the peripherals of Tumaini Festival 2019

The 2019 edition of the Tumaini Festival took place a couple of weeks ago. A platform by refugees for refugee, Malawian and international artists to collaborate, exchange and create together using the message of love and peace, continues to grow...

CaRiz Cakery in Area 47

Light lunch at CaRiz Cakery

So, as someone who loves to experiment with food and drink, I have added a new food and drink category to this blog. A (not-so-expert) guide on where to find a good meal or enjoy a cold cocktail.

Instructor having a word with Community rangers during a training exercise. Copyright Wikipedia

Owning the Conservation Narrative

In the week past, we had a visit by the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry. Among other activities, he dedicated Liwonde National Park and the Mangochi Forest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).

Ntchisi dusty roads

On Ntchisi’s back roads

It was a day before Malawi went to the polls to elect a new president, parliament and local councils. My wife had arranged a quick trip into Ntchisi and she needed company. I think she later thanked me for tagging...