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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.

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However, I caution other
albinos against relying on other
people.
We must work hard and not
expect any favours.

YOUR PERSPECTIVE

Geoffrey Zigoma is currently working
on his fourth album

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.

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I have a very happy and supportive family, especially my wife
who has always done a lot to encourage me.

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I am an ambassador for all
albinos in Malawi and I sing
about this.

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It is high time that
cultural myths and
superstitions surrounding
albinos be changed


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Ali Fazal, Tanga, Tanzania

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It is as though I am the king
for Malawi's albinos because I
speak out for them. I am
outspoken over the

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