Writer/Poet Joseph Daniel Sukali receives honorary Award on Social Activism and Behaviour Change through Writing

By Chisomo Phiri

Founder of Mikozi network and a market leader in the domain of arts promotion in Malawi, Bright Chiligo on Monday moved on to recognize talent by presenting writer and poet Joseph Daniel Sukali with an Honorary Award on Social Activism and Behavior Change through Writing at an an event that took place at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre.

The award came on merit following the writer’s unanswering efforts and consistency in using writing as a weapon for social change and behavior alternation on the Malawian Scene.

Speaking during the award presentation, Chiligo said Sukali is s rare gem in the world of writing since he has been using his art to address different social issues with a mental health as his central theme.
He said ” It is all there for you to appreciate his first book ‘ dealing with a heartbreak’. ‘Therapy for Broken’ has proved to be one of the most relevant digital copy sel-published by a Malawian youngsters. His recently published book ‘ Hannessing Inner Tranquility’ has mental health as its central theme puts much emphasis on self-development.
” It is due to his relentless efforts and consistency embodied in his craftsman that has proven to be impactful on society at large that we have decided to honour this mental health advocate”.

Sukali being recognized

Chiligo said there has been a generational gap in the writing circles that had to be filled.
” We want fill generational gap that has existed for so long in the writing industry. The old legends are are still modern legends. You are the future and it starts now. We believe in what you are doing and we believe with necessary support you will be a legend of the next generation. It’s time we diversify the talents and art we promote”, he said.

In his remarks when receiving the award, Sukali said he was very grateful when he received the good news considering how impactful Mikozi network is at the moment on arts promotion in Malawi.

Sukali urged Mikozi network to continue supporting and promoting art in general and not stick to music industry only. He said the award came at a perfect time and give him more strengths to do more in writing.
” The award has come at a perfect time. I love writing and I love addressing mental health and and social issues. This award will just refuel me and remind me when I feel like giving on the art that there are some people that find my work worthwhile”, he said.

He urged Malawians to start cultivating reading culture in themselves and their children if they are not to miss important things in life.
” There is more we miss in life if we ignore books.We need to read more than we watch movies or TV if we are to be mentally liberated”, said Sukali.
On government part in art promotion, Sukali said the government is doing its best and that there is now revolution in art industry than before.
” There is now a revolution in art. The government is doing enough in promoting the art. I see dawn of new generation and and writing will take roots again. I see hope and keep writing as you love the art. We need to share our perspectives of the world we live in to the next generation “, he said.

A 26 year old Joseph Daniel Sukali is a Mzuzu University graduate who hails from Zomba. Over 40 of his poems and books namely Dealing with a Broken Heart, Whispers of the Beating Heart, Therapy for Broken and others have been published in the Best New African Poet 2020 Anthology, African and Eastern European Languages Anthology and Writers Global Movement.
He is currently working on his first novel” A Dance in the Mud”.