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PROFILE OF CHEKE CHA MBUNDA CULTURAL AND WRITERS ASSOCIATION

“Cheke” means “Glowing Light Out of Darkness"

The Association was borne out of attempts by some concerned Mbunda Speaking people in the 1940s along the line of rail. It formally existed in 1956 as Mwondo under the Chairmanship of Mr. Kalimbwe. Later in the 1960s it was changed to be Mbunda Cultural Writers' Association. It started to produce a magazine called “Kapila kamuthzimba Tako”. In 1981 on 27th September the Association was renamed “Mbanja” this was at a meeting that took place in Monze. Later in the same year on 17th and 18th October, at a meeting that took place at the late Mr. Gabriel Mulyata's house here in Lusaka the Association yet again was renamed “Cheke Cultural Writers' Association”. The same was officially registered in 1982. It started to produce a magazine called “Likalavandhtzi lya Mufuko”.

On 16th August 2007 at a Meeting that took place at the House of Dr. Rosemary Ndonyo, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ndandula Libingi, the Association yet again changed its name from Cheke Cultural Writers' Association to almost what it was in the 60s to 80s, Cheke Cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers Association. The effecting of these changes with the Registrar of Societies was done on 13th February 2008 and a new certificate issued.  This change was necessitated by shift in the Association's vision from just writing about the history to also revive, preserve, promote and protect the Culture and affairs of all the nine chiefs of the seven dialects of the Mbunda Speaking People Group.  This entails organising and holding cultural gatherings, to this end execute programmes relating to “Official Representation and Custodian of traditional music, makithi, oracles, myths, oral and written records of the Mbunda People Group.

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