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As the thrill of the New Year and decade are settling in, Zathu pa Wailesi is geared up for another fantastic season of drama. Season 6, which hits the airwaves on 3 February, brings plot twists and tension to the drama as the Zathu youngsters try to balance their personal growth, friendship and the one thing that brings them together,the band. But will they survive what is coming their way?

One of these complications started at the end of Season 5 when a young relationship was slowly blooming. Chikondi who was not sure about her true feelings for Avocado, who had expressed his intentions to be in a relationship with her, finally confessed her feelings to Avocado. As the friendship grows Chikondi finds herself considering a new question, “where can she get information on sexual reproductive health and rights?”. Ever willing to make informed decisions, Chikondi goes in search of answers and struggles to find information about SRHR.
Where will she find the answers she needs? How will the Zathu friends support Chikondi’s choice considering Avocado’s past bad boy behavior? Don’t miss Season 6 – tune in to find out more! The cool Zathu presenters, C-Zee and DJ Goxy, have also been on the road learning from outstanding and innovative young people around the country in preparation toshare their inspiring lives for season 6.

In Timve Kwa Inu, C-Zee and DJ Goxy are talking to teenagers about relationships and how other young people are using their relationships to support each other’s dreams and goals. The ever wise Gogo is only a message away answering all the burning questions from young people around the country. Listen in to learn these wisdoms. Season 6 is surely a must-not-miss season! You can download Zathu Band’s Mzati at www.zathu.mw. Season 5 repeat episodes are airing now on MBC Radio 2 on Mondays 3:30 pm, Wednesdays 3:30 pm and the weekly Omnibus on Saturdays 5:00 pm.

Send your comments and questions about anything you want to know, to Gogo on 0888353535 / 0999353535. Plus you can follow Zathu on Facebook for all the latest news. About Zathu and Girl Effect Partners

Girl Effect is a creative NGO that uses media platforms (such as music and radio) to confront real-life issues for girls and boys; to challenge the way people think about girls and enable them to reach their full potential; and which in turn can help break the poverty cycle.

Girl Effect is part of the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe) – partnership with PEPFAR which focuses on reducing HIV infections in adolescent girls and young women across 15 African countries, including Malawi. This partnership led to the development of the Zathu brand in 2017.

Zathu is a branded media initiative created with youth Malawian which aims to inspire, inform and connect girls and boys to services they need, and to take action to change their lives. The exciting multimedia brand is comprised of a radio show ‘Zathu Pa Wailsesi’ (radio drama and talk show), Zathu magazine, music and music videos from Zathu Band and a youth clubs network across the country.

Understanding the potential for change through brands, GAVI partnered with Girl Effect/Zathu to empower girls and create demand for the HPV vaccine. Zathu also partnered with UNESCO to promote TEVET training especially for girls. In its first year Zathu (2017) attracted an impressive number of followers:

● 64% of Malawi population is aware of Zathu (6.7million)
● 25% of Malawi population are regular consumers of Zathu through the radio show, music or videos (2.6million)
● 25% of 12-17 year olds listen to Zathu Pa Wailesi every week
95% of youth who listen to Zathu say it has made them “feel more in control of the
decisions which affect their life”.
Young people also say it has “improved perceptions on gender equality and mixed friendships”.

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