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Malawi: Standard Bank sponsors IMM Conference with K7 million – The Maravi Post



IMM’s President Isabel Kachinjika receiving the sponsorship from Marketing Manager Maria Bauleni Mazaza

LILONGWE, 28TH SEPTEMBER 2021 -Standard Bank Plc is proud to announce its partnership with Malawi’s marketers as Principal sponsor of this year’s Institute of Marketing in Malawi Marketers (IMM) Lakeshore Conference and Annual Marketing Excellence Awards later in October.

As part of the partnership with IMM, Standard Bank has invested K7 million towards the event under the theme; “Get Set to Re-set: Pivoting Businesses for Success,” from October 28 to 30, 2021 at Sunbird Livingstonia Beach Hotel in Salima.

Speaking when the bank presented its sponsorship package, Head of Brand and Marketing, Thokozani Mijiga Unyolo said: “We are proud to be associated with efforts by the IMM to develop professional excellence in the marketing sciences, and with the progress the body is making to build brands. . As a brand whose purpose is to drive the growth of our home, Mother Malawi, we believe that professionalism in marketing will positively translate to economic growth.”

Welcoming the package, IMM Public Relations Director and 2021 Conference Organising Committee Chairperson, George Damson said Standard Bank’s partnership offers a timely boost to the organisation’s budget for the annual event.

“We are greatly indebted to Standard Bank for the timely boost as we prepare for our annual conference. Organising an event of this magnitude is financially taxing and this sponsorship is the shot in the arm we needed. It will go a long way in enabling us to host what we expect to be a very exciting conference. Standard Bank Malawi have set the tone for this year’s conference and we hope other potential partners will be inspired by their gesture to come on board and support us” he said

This year’s conference is expected to draw speakers from beyond Malawi’s borders who will complement an equally powerful line up of local speakers. The speeches will cover a wide range of topics meant to equip Malawian marketers with the knowledge they need to steer their organisations to success during times when business has been affected by Covid-19.

The annual event also encompasses Marketing Excellence Awards, a ceremony that recognizes marketers that have excelled in executing notable and impactful professional interventions on the market.

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AMCOW appoints Dr. Rashid Mbaziira as the new Executive Secretary – The Maravi Post




ABUJA, Nigeria, October 15, 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- The African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) has announced the appointment of Dr. Rashid Mbaziira – a Ugandan national – as its Executive Secretary. The announcement came at the end of an Extra Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of AMCOW and takes effect from 08 November 2021. 

A Rhodes Scholar, Dr Mbaziira was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Oxford, St Catherine’s College, in 2007. His research was in the field of Water Sciences, Policy and Management. Dr. Mbaziira holds a BSc in Agricultural Engineering degree (First Class) from Makerere University, Kampala; and a Stage 1 certificate from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

He brings to the job two decades of experience, 15 years of which have been in providing policy development leadership in the water and sanitation sector in Africa. This includes formulation and operationalisation of strategic continental initiatives to implement the Sharm-el-Sheikh Declaration on accelerating the achievement of water and sanitation goals in Africa. 

His technical knowledge and practical disposition to addressing challenges related to water management, sanitation and hygiene services provision have made him a highly sought-after-professional. This is reflected by his robust track record of coordinating multi-stakeholder interventions to strengthen Africa’s water management function at both regional and sub-regional levels. A key highlight is the formulation of the African Water Resources Management Priority Action Programme 2016 – 2025 that informs the AMCOW Strategy 2018 -2030. He similarly provided technical facilitation to prepare the AMCOW Governance Framework and Management Strategy. 

Dr. Rashid Mbaziira as the new Executive Secretary

“I am humbled by the trust placed in me by the Council of Ministers to serve the water community in Africa,” Dr. Mbaziira said of appointment. “I pledge to fully apply myself to consolidate AMCOW’s function as an effective mandated organ of the African Union’s efforts to assure water security in Africa. Effective water management is vital to ensure human and environmental health; economic production; and climate resilience. In this context, AMCOW has to be at the forefront of initiatives to achieve the goals of African Union Agenda 2063. Of particular relevance to AMCOW’s mandate is Aspiration 1 of Agenda 2063, namely: to realise a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development.”

Hon. Carl Hermann Gustav Schlettwein – the Minister for Agriculture, Water and Land Reform of the Republic of Namibia, and President of the AMCOW Council of Ministers – announced Dr. Mbaziira’s appointment at the end of an extra-ordinary session of the AMCOW Executive Committee. 

 “I have no doubt that Dr. Mbaziira’s expertise will be brought to bear to revitalise AMCOW’s status as a trusted facilitator of action to achieve water and sanitation goals in Africa,” Hon. Schlettwein said.

He charged the new Executive Secretary to demonstrate AMCOW’s relevance to the Member States, the African Union and AMCOW partners through Thought-Leadership. 

“Given the slow vaccine roll-out in Africa, improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene services holds the promise for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases,” Hon Schlettwein added. “The expectations on AMCOW to accelerate action to get Member States on track to achieve SDG 6 cannot, therefore, be overemphasised.”

Dr. Mbaziira takes over from Dr. Canisius Kanangire who left AMCOW in May this year.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of AMCOW.

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Nigeria military chief: leader of IS-linked group ISWAP killed – The Maravi Post




Nigeria’s military claimed on Thursday that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the leader of an Islamic State-linked extremist group blamed for killing hundreds in the northeast, has died.

There was no immediate confirmation from the militants.

General Lucky Irabor, Nigerian Chief of Defense Staff, told reporters that Al-Barnawi “remains dead,” without giving details into the circumstances that led to his demise.

It was not possible to independently corroborate the claim and the military gave no further details about how it knew he had been killed.

Al-Barnawi’s father, Mohammed Yusuf, had been the founding leader of Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group that has been carrying out an insurgency for more than a decade now.

The violence has spread to neighboring Niger, Cameroon and Chad as well, destabilizing the Lake Chad region.

Al-Barnawi frequently clashed with the man who replaced his father, Abubakar Shekau, and broke away in 2016 to form the Islamic State in West Africa Province or ISWAP.

Concern has mounted about ISWAP in recent years especially when the group began targeting civilians working for international aid organizations in the northeast.

The faction led by Shekau had appeared weakened and in May it was announced that he had been killed during clashes with fighters linked to Al-Barnawi.

Security analysts say that Al-Barnawi, however, had failed to win over thousands of Boko Haram members who had been loyal to Shekau and many surrendered to the Nigerian military instead.

Unlike Boko Haram, which often violently targeted civilian populations, ISWAP under al-Barnawi targeted the Nigerian military and those who aided the soldiers.

At the presser, Irabor added that insecurity as other threats especially in the north of the country “are not confined to boundaries” and said the Nigerian government works closely with its neighboring countries in the fight against terrorism and other forms of criminality.

“If all is well in our home and is not well with our neighbor, then, of course, we can’t have peace” he added.

The conflict in Nigeria has directly caused the death of 36,000 people, according to U.N, officials, with more than 2.3 million people displaced.

Source: Africanews

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Gary James Paulsen American Writer Dies At 82 Check Cause Of Death




Gary James Paulsen’s death has brought a mournful wave on social media and no doubt plenty more people are grieving today after hearing the news that claimed that young adult literature’s writer Gary Paulsen has passed away at the age of 82. Most of the notable personalities are showing the pain of losing the well-known writer. Here is the complete update on his death because you must be thinking that how did he die and what books he was famous for.

Gary James Paulsen

His work was notable for the teenage group however he was also so famous among adults because of the work. Though his book brought the hype in his life as usual, like other artists’ life he got immense popularity after his books “Coming Of Age” and some other stories about the “Wilderness”. Talking about some of his interesting facts so, do you know? that he wrote more than 200 books and also more than 200 magazine articles, short stories, and several plays. In the year 1997, he was honored by the “Margaret Edwards Award” by American Library Association for his lifetime contribution in writing for the teenage group.

The writer was born on May 17, 1939, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Gary Paulsen closed his eyes forever on October 13, 2021, Wednesday. He was prominently known for Hatchet, The River, Dogsong, Woodsong, Winterdance, The Winter Room, and Harris and Me. His genre was Young adult fiction, adventure novels, nonfiction and comes to talking about the subjects so Adventure memoirs, sports. There is no doubt that readers got a huge loss today and specially those who are fond of reading sensational stories because the pen has died and world is mourning today of his death.

The news of death was firstly confirmed by Publishers Weekly where they took their Tweeter to confirmed the death news of Gary Paulsen. From big to small every single writer and mostly his readers are showing their love and respect towards the writer and also to his pen through which we got so many better from one another stories. Our deepest condlences are with his kin and every single reader and also the so-called compeitiors. May his soul rest in peace…

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