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Chiyambi… or maybe Chakwamba

June 14, 2018

For your fisrt blog, wordpress gives the fitting title of ‘The Journey Begins’ but I thought I need the title to speak to who I am thus translating ‘The Journey Begins’ to a Malawian language. Chiyambi is a Chichewa word for the beginning, speaking to my Malawian roots but then that’t not entirely accurate, I’m a Northern girl from the mountains, from a beautiful historical village of Livingstonia and we speak Tumbuka.
Crisis, forgets the Tumbuka word for the beginning! Solution: family group chat, poses question ‘what is Tumbuka word for Chiyambi?’ Strange Occurence: usually readily available chatty group members, nowhere to be seen! Panic: not true Tumbuka mountain girl, if one does not know some of the words. Finally, cousin responds: ‘Chakwamba, I guess’ this human is not even sure!
The events  and amusing reactions of the past 30 minutes of my experience of writing my first blog, is why I have decided on blogging, to share these moments that seem to happen in the most unexpected ways. To share the sad, happy, fun, crazy and absolutely fabulous moments that life offers, in an attempt to start writing. I have always wanted to write.
So come along on the ride and experience the musings of ‘That Malawian Girl from the Northern Mountains’

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


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