Welcome to Austin Madinga’s
#LifeUnbound Blog

I am a explorer, storyteller and digital creator from Malawi, the land of the lake of stars. I document and tell stories about the beauty and awesomeness of Malawi, the African continent and her diverse people  through words and photography.

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

remote working or working from home

Are we ready to work from home?

Covid-19 is in our midst and we are scrambling to figure out remote working and work from home procedures. Malawi, are we ready?

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 Water Day 2020

Covid-19 and the water challenge for Malawi

On World Water Day, how can Malawi balance up the need for frequent hand washing in light of Covid-19 and its poor provision of potable water?

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

Art, food and fashion at Tumaini Festival

Tumaini Festival is primarily a music festival. But on the peripherals, there is a lot of art, fashion and food happening.

CaRiz Cakery in Area 47

Weekend Find: Light lunch at CaRiz Cakery

Looking for a light lunch in Area 47? CaRiz Cakery, a coffee shop and cakery, should be on your list. And they prepare a great chicken sandwich!

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

Owning the Conservation Narrative

In the week past, Malawi 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).

Lilongwe's urban hyenas

Tracking Lilongwe’s urban carnivores

A colleague from South Africa working in Malawi once exclaimed “Last weekend we saw a hyena in the middle of city centre. In the middle of the city! Gosh, it was a culture shock!”

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...

Annavilla Aparthotel in Lilongwe

Annavilla7 Aparthotel in Lilongwe

Photography assignment for Annavilla7, a new Aparthotel in the affluent neighbourhood of New Area 12, in Lilongwe city.

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