Resource of
Open Minds


Themes: Gender, Technology, Art Practice, Community, Freedom of Expression,
Region: Southern Africa
Country: Malawi


‘My Urban Committee’ is a program that features one presenter and a panel of young people discussing different issues arising within their community. This program covers topics such as survival and crime in ghetto areas, gender equality, and the role of women in society. ‘My Urban Committee’ provides a platform for youth living in the ghetto to express themselves and put their perspective forward. These young people are frequently looked down on and sidelined by the government and other communities in Malawi. Therefore, the show is the opportunity to showcase an unfiltered and unedited look at the ghetto youth experience, tackling issues that are largely ignored by mainstream media channels. Mingoli FM also involves local Malawian celebrities, who provide their input during the committee discussions and help motivate and encourage the youth.

Mingoli FM is an internet-based ‘edutainment’ platform that makes use of music and entertainment to help educate and inform young people in Malawi. It was established to find new ways for people to consume information and use alternative strategic approaches for content creation and sharing. The contribution of content that educates, entertains and positively changes the mindset of Malawi youth is part of the platform’s mission. This is while also encouraging umunthu, or humanity to others, entrepreneurship, and community development. Mingoli FM’s vision is to be an all-round media hub that focuses on youth empowerment through its use of edutainment and social involvement.