Ngoni Festival (Ngoma)
Yesterday I attended Ngoma in Bawi. It’s a traditional Ngoni Festival held once every two years and features traditional Ngoni dances from Ntcheu, Dedza, Mzimba and Mozambique. The festival is organised by the Katola family.
The guest of honour was Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani IV, Paramount Chief of Ntcheu Maseko Ngoni. Also present were Traditional Authority Kwataine, Traditional Authority Makwangwala and Parliament First Deputy Speaker Jones Chingola. Peoples Progressive Movement president Mark Katsonga Phiri and Reserve Bank of Malawi deputy governor Mary Nkosi were also present.
A few pictures from the Ngoni festival (Ngoma) below.
Two days after the Ngoma, Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani IV passed away.
Retired Colonel Alex Kanjedza Gomani became the Ngoni paramount chief in mid-2008 replacing his father the late Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani III who died in 2006.
Alex Kanjedza was born in 1961. He attended Mzamazi primary school in Ntcheu district before going to Mtendere Secondary School in Dedza. He joined the Malawi Defence Force in 1982 and retired in early 2008. He was installed Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani IV by then President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Bayete Inkosi! Rest in peace!