Diaspora

The Malawian Diaspora community in Scotland are an integral part of the Scotland Malawi Partnership – its leadership, governance and membership. They possesses a unique insight into both our cultures and are an invaluable part of our special relationship.

Accordingly, since its creation, the SMP has been especially interested in encouraging Malawians residents in Scotland to become active members, joining the SMP Board and attend events, with significant time, energy and resources invested in promoting and supporting diaspora engagement.

We are proud to always have leading members of the Malawian diaspora community on the Board of the SMP.

We work closely with, and help support, the Association of Malawians in Scotland as the umbrella organisation for Malawians in Scotland. Members of this Association also get free membership of the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

Diaspora events in Scotland

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H.E President Chakwera and First Lady Monica Chakwera meeting SMP member and CEO of Fair Trade Scotland, Joyce Juma-Phiri at the SMP's ‘COP26 Homecoming Climate Cooperation’ event.
HRH The Princess Royal Emma Wood Abigail Maseko Gift Thompson Davie Luhanga Photo by Kirsty Bain
HRH The Princess Royal awarding SMP members Emma Wood, Abigail Maseko, Gift Thompson and Davie Luhanga and the SMP Member Awards 2019.
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HRH The Princess Royal alongside Dr Yonah Matemba.

We work closely with the Malawi diaspora on many of our events and often look for speakers from the diaspora to inform our engagements. We feel this is especially important for large events which we know will be of particular interest to Malawians resident in Scotland and when there are senior government representatives from Malawi.

During each Malawi Head of State visit to Scotland we have worked closely with the Malawi diaspora, advocating for strong diaspora engagement in the visit programme and giving time in our events for strong diaspora leadership.

During COP26 we had a series of events with the President and First Lady of Malawi, each of which had strong Diaspora involvement. We also organised and funded a special Afternoon Tea event for women in the Malawian Diaspora to meet the First Lady.

We also run annual language and culture training, which is co-run by a member of the Malawian diaspora: allowing our members to tap into this unique expertise before travelling to Malawi.

Before Covid restrictions made such in-person events more difficult, we provided direct funding for the Association of Malawians in Scotland to organise Malawi Independence Day celebrations, as they saw fit.

The 2014 celebration was especially memorable, as we marked 50 years of Malawian independence. The event, held in Glasgow was attended by over 200 people, mainly Malawians. There was excellent diaspora leadership in the planning for the day which as a result had a very friendly and authentically Malawian feel to it complete with traditional Malawian food, games, speeches and music from the famous Black Missionaries (Malawi's most popular band playing their first ever gig in Scotland) and Brave 'Blakseed' Mnyayi of the Nyasa Guruz.

Since then members of the Malawian diaspora have organised many more excellent Independence Day Celebrations.