Andrew Dakalira’s story, Chigomezgo, is the winner of the February 2015 competition. Dakalira’s story is about two children, one from the village and the other from a city, whose lives are brought together.
Drama ensues as a village in Malawi prepares to instal a new chief, replacing one that has died. Question is, will the new chief be man enough to take over the mantle?
Nabanda was in deep thought as she added wood to the fire and adjusted the pot on top of it. It was beans again. Lanjesi would not be pleased. But they had no choice. That was all she had in the house.
The chiperoni winds were particularly bad that evening. She wrapped her shawl tightly around her shoulders as she sat outside her matrimonial hut, tending to her cooking. The sun had set. Mavuto and Chimwemwe were not back yet. Their father was going to beat them up again.
People gather to mourn one of their township’s well-respected residents. But they are not prepared for the drama that ensues.