By Sam Banda Jnr:
Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel’s Njamba Room in Blantyre on Sunday night filled to its capacity as students from the commercial city came out in large numbers to drink from Ugandan comedian Teacher Mpamire’s cup of lessons.
The city is so mean when it comes to students coming out for events and registers more absentees especially where the entry fee is as high as K10,000 for regular and K20,000 for VIP.
But it was a different story when the attendance register, registered more students on the day such that when Mpamire was getting into the Njamba room, the classroom was full to its capacity, with some relegated to standing.
As a teacher, Mpamire, who is a professional teacher, stormed the class ringing a bell as it happens at school.
The Ugandan comedian seems to be fast at grasping things as, having observed that some people were standing, he named them backbenchers.
He at one time even went to the back, dragged one of the fans and took him to the front saying, being short, he was not supposed to sit at the back.
As a comedian, Mpamire is unique in his style as he uses a classroom setup in everything and conducts his comics playing the role of a teacher.
Throughout his lesson, he took the class on a journey by discussing several issues from love, films, religion to politics and could not avoid the Tipp-ex substance which was used to erase figures during the just ended tripartite elections.
Mpamire interacted with students from the word go, asked questions and needed answers and punished those, who did not do well as students.
“What do you call a person living in Malawi?” he asked a couple of people, who answered correctly Malawian.
“What do you call a person living in Djibouti?” he asked.
All of them failed with the audience later answering in a chorus “Djiboutian”.
Such were Mpamire’s lessons which started at Sunbird Mzuzu on Friday before going to Sunbird Capital in Lilongwe the following day.
At Sunbird Mount Soche, Mzuzu-based comedian Felistus Ngwira, popularly known as Nya Uyu, was the first to hit the stage lasting for less than 30 minutes before Faith Mussa offered his music vibes.
The master of ceremonies for the event was Che Nkope’s ex, who did not appear on stage but rather spoke through a recording.
Faith paved the way for Patience Namadingo, who was the only artist on the night, who offered comedy and then music where he collaborated with Faith.
Before Mpamire came to offer his lesson, the audience had to be taken through a raffle draw conducted by Sunbird Hotels and Resorts which saw two winners smiling with prizes.
“I enjoyed the whole show. The organisers were organised and kept time. Teacher Mpamire is unique and I have enjoyed everything,” Esmie Banda, a resident of Chilomoni,” said after the show.
Mpamire’s last outing in Blantyre was at College of Medicine Complex in 2017.
In 2017 Mpamire came courtesy of MultiChoice Malawi but this time around the Ugandan comedian came courtesy of Sunbird Hotels and Resorts in partnership with Qoncept Creatives.
“I am happy to perform in Blantyre and the shows have been successful and people came out. Malawi is truly the Warm Heart of Africa. I would like to thank Q Malewezi and team for bringing me to Malawi again as well as Sunbird,” Mpamire said.
Malewezi, said the huge turnout in Blantyre was an indication that people were ready to support shows in the country as long as they are well organised.