Sladge Mwathunga Wins 18 Plus Music Competition

Sladge receiving his award from Msungama Sladge receiving his award from Msungama - pic by Hastings Jimani

18-year-old and form three Chambe Secondary School student Sladge Mwathunga has emerged winner of inaugural 18 plus music competition organized by Timveni, Child and Youth Organization.

600 plus youths across the country participated in the competition that run from 20 November, 2020.

Sladge reached the finals together with Felister Muloma and Hanna Goodson.

Speaking to Zodiak Online after the grand finale of the competition held on Sunday in Mulanje, Timveni Executive Director Herbert Chidaya said the competition was organized to give a platform to the youths to voice challenges affecting their lives besides promoting their singing talent.

“Youths know challenges affecting their lives and how to speak them out, so having identified music as a tool to voice out their concerns; duty bearers including parents and gatekeepers should come in and support them,” said Chidaya.   

Minister of Youth and Sports Ulemu Msungama who graced the occasion called for collaboration in ending norms that negatively affect the future of children especially the girls.

“We have a 2063 agenda which is to benefit the current youthful generation and if we cannot educate them, the blueprint will be meaningless,” said Msungama.

Sladge impressed the four member judges team comprising Angela Mizinga, Martha Samuel Kunkeyani, Samuel Genda and Chisomo Chimoto to win the competition with 40 points out of set 48 grades.

He said singing is his passion and winning the competition is a motivation to his career.

“What I have learnt throughout the competition is to trust in God and have self-esteem and am glad that eventually I have emerged the overall winner,” said Sladge.

Hanna was on second position and she received K150, 000 while Felister received K100, 000 for scooping position three.

Sladge performed the song, “mukanandisiya”, Hanna sang, “tingathe” Felister did “chiyembekezo”. 

The 18 plus media project which Timveni is been implementing is funded by Plan International Malawi.

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