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The Malawi Washington Association hosted the Extravaganza 2003, a series of activities and events to promote the interest of Malawians in the United States and Canada, culminating in a celebration of Malawi’s Independence day.

A Letter from The Executive Committee

Events

EXTRAVAGANZA PANEL DISCUSSION
DATE: Friday, July 4, 2003
TIME: 12:00 pm to 3.30 pm
VENUE: St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2601 Colston Drive, Chevy Chase, Maryland

" Miyambi ya m’Chichewa—Old Wisdom for New Realities?" Mr. Montie Mlachila, Malawiana enthusiast and economist.
Mr. Mlachila loves collecting things Malawian: books, music, paintings, curios and proverbs. His lifetime ambition (yet to be realized) is to travel in throughout Malawi taking pictures, especially of grocery store names (a fascinating panel discussion topic on its own). An economist at the IMF, he received economics degrees from the Universities of Grenoble and Clermont-Ferrand, France. Prior to joining the IMF, he worked at the Reserve Bank of Malawi in the Research and Statistics Department for seven years.

" The Brain Drain from Malawi—the blame industry" by Dr. Llolsten Kaonga, mathematician and computer scientist, and founder and moderator of Nyasanet.
Dr. Kaonga obtained his BSc at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, and joined the Mathematics faculty after graduation. He also has graduate degrees in mathematics from Aberdeen (Scotland), McGill (Canada), and received his Ph.D. in mathematics and also a graduate degree in computer science from the University of New Hampshire (UNH). He is currently a candidate for the masters in business administration. He has taught mathematics at the University of Malawi (Chancellor College), and has taught both mathematics and computer science at UNH. He now works as a software engineering project manager in new/emerging networking technology, and finds time to volunteer as a high school mathematics and science teacher, and computer lab technician. He is also a member of the board of directors of the African Community Economic Development of New England, a nonprofit organization that helps new immigrants and others find jobs, affordable housing, etc.

" Some Ideas of and Prospects for Brain Drain Reversing Projects for Malawi" by Dr. Alexander Chimbayo, physical chemist
Dr. Alexander Chimbayo is a Project Manager and Research & Development Scientist at Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dr. Chimbayo obtained his BSc at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining Integrated Sensing Systems in 1999, he worked at the Universities of Michigan and of Malawi as Lecturer and Assistant Lecturer respectively.


EXTRAVAGANZA RECEPTION and BLOWOUT DANCE
DATE: Friday, July 4, 2003
TIME: 8pm – until late
VENUE: Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

As the highlight of our weekend’s celebrations, the Blow Out Party provided an opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow Malawians and other friends living in the United States and Canada. We featured a variety of music, including soukous, hip-hop, reggae, zouk, soca, Malawian, and other African music! Reknowned Washington area DJ Mondy was in session!



EXTRAVAGANZA BBQ/PICNIC/GAMES
DATE: Saturday, July 5, 2003
TIME: 11:00 am to 7 pm
VENUE: Parklawn Local Park, Group Picnic Area, 12724 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD
ACTIVITIES::-
  • Soccer — DC Flames (Malawi) 2 - Kenya 2;
  • Volleyball;
  • BBQ;
  • Tug-of-War;
  • Kids Games;
  • Moon Bounce;
  • etc. etc.

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