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Brian Ligomeka

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About Brian
Brian Ligomeka is a journalist based in Blantyre, Malawi. Brian has worked for both local and international media outlets in his career spanning over 20 years. In Malawi, Brian Ligomeka worked as Editor for Times Group where he edited The Sunday Times, The Daily Times and was also the producer of some current affairs programmes for Times Television and Times Radio. He has also contributed to several international media outlets including Inter Press Service, BBC Monitoring Service, South Africa's News24, Africa Confidential and is the current stringer for Deutsche Presse Agentur (Germany News Agency) in Malawi. He currently leads a human rights media organisation, Centre for Solutions Journalism.
Besides contributing to international media, Brian has also served as a fixer for journalists from such organisations as CNN and SkyNews.
Brian holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication from Shareworld Open University. He also has qualifications in teaching, having been educated at Blantyre Teachers College.
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Unsafe Abortions: A Looming Crisis in Malawi's Fight Against Maternal Mortality

01 Apr 2023  |  Malawi 24
The article by Brian Ligomeka discusses the critical issue of unsafe abortions in Malawi and their contribution to maternal mortality, which is at odds with the Sustainable Development Goal to reduce maternal deaths. It tells the story of Manesi Kamolo, whose daughter died from complications of an unsafe abortion after being raped. The article presents data from Ipas Malawi and research by the Guttmacher Institute and Malawi's College of Medicine, highlighting the high number of unsafe abortions and post-abortion treatments. It points out that restrictive abortion laws lead women to seek unsafe methods of terminating pregnancies. The article also mentions the drafted but not yet enacted Terminations of Pregnancy (T.O.P) Bill, which faces opposition from religious leaders and patriarchal forces. Emma Kaliya, a gender activist and chairperson of COPUA, is quoted advocating for the bill's enactment to prevent further maternal deaths due to unsafe abortions.

Tropical Cyclone Freddy, one of the strongest and longest storms, has killed 100 people in the southern African nation of Malawi through flash-floods, mudslides, collapsed houses and washed away bridges.

Lawsuit Mitigators for Loudmouths

01 Dec 2022  |  Malawi Voice
Social media influencers and anti-corruption crusaders in Malawi can avoid multi-million Kwacha lawsuits by using satire, where real names are not used, and by clearly labeling their social media posts as opinions rather than facts. This approach can mitigate the impact of lawsuits and reduce legal costs.

Slow path to gender equality as some pastors welcome LGBTI community

23 Dec 2019  |  Malawi 24
The article discusses the changing attitudes towards LGBTI individuals in Malawi, highlighting that 3.5 percent of adults identify as LGBTI. It focuses on the experiences of intersex people and the support from some faith leaders who preach inclusion and equality. The story of Baba Ngoza and his intersex child is used to illustrate the challenges faced by sexual and gender minorities. The article also references research by Afriscope and The Other Foundation, which shows a growing acceptance of LGBTI people in Malawi. It mentions the advocacy work of CEDEP for the rights of sexual and gender minorities and calls for the repeal of anti-homosexuality laws in the country. The author of the article is the executive director of Centre for Solutions Journalism, which suggests a vested interest in the topic.

Malawi druglords use coffins and ambulances to smuggle dagga

10 Mar 2016  |  timeslive.co.za
Malawian drug traffickers are using innovative methods such as coffins and ambulances to smuggle cannabis, complicating police efforts to combat the trade. Despite destroying thousands of kilograms of marijuana and uprooting large cannabis plantations, Malawi remains a major producer, with much of the drug destined for South Africa. A UN report noted that a significant acreage in Malawi is used for marijuana cultivation. Local debates are ongoing about the potential economic benefits of legalizing industrial hemp, with some advocates emphasizing its value as a cash crop and others warning against the risks of increased drug abuse.

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