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Ambassador for Malawi's albinos

Albinos face discrimination in many African countries. Musician Geoffrey Zigoma, 29, told the BBC's Aubrey
Sumbuleta how he is an ambassador for all Malawians with albinism.
Albinos are like any other human beings.
However, I caution other albinos against relying on other people.
We must work hard and not expect any favours.
I started playing music in a church choir and after realising my potential I decided to get into music seriously. My efforts
paid off.
Star
My first album Ndatherapano which means "I have ended here", turned me into a star in my country.
Currently, I am working on my fourth album which is going to be out next month. In this forthcoming album, I sing about
the violence against women which is so rampant here in Malawi.
I wake up early and take a cup of tea to enhance my energy before going to the studio where I normally practice my
music with a friend's band, the Armageddon.
Although I am an albino, my wife is black and so is my son.
Ambassador
I have a very happy and supportive family, especially my wife who has always done a lot to encourage me.

AFRICA HAVE YOUR SAY
“ It is high time that cultural myths and superstitions surrounding albinos be changed ”
Ali Fazal, Tanga, Tanzania

I am an ambassador for all albinos in Malawi and I sing about this.
It is as though I am the king for Malawi's albinos because I speak out for them. I am outspoken over the discrimination
we face.
People call me "mzungu" [white man] but I am not bitter about that. I think I inspire a lot of people like me here in
Malawi and this in turn makes some of them work and try even harder.
An albino can do anything. I wish you could see how talented I am when playing a keyboard.
I challenge that even a normal man cannot easily compete with me in playing a keyboard.
Inspiration
I am inspired by a fellow albino musician, the Golden Voice of Africa, Malian Salif Keita.

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7/29/2010

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