Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has faced criticism over its innovator of the year award given to Malawi Queens coach Griffin Saenda.
The public broadcaster handed out innovators awards for various categories at a function held at Kamuzu palace on Friday.
But writer and social commentator Stanley Kenani has questioned the decision to award Saenda the innovator of innovators award saying the coach is not an innovator as the award name suggests. “Innovator: a person who introduces new methods, ideas, or products.
For example, Mixon Faluweki introduced the Padoko charger, a mobile phone charging device that enables individuals to charge their phones and other electronic devices using a bicycle as they travel between locations.
Note that the mobile phone charger was invented long ago — what Mr Faluweki did was innovation i.e. he introduced a new way of charging phones.
“But MBC is of the opinion that the person who coaches the very same netball team that yields the very same results is the innovator of the year 2016,” said the Netherlands based Malawian writer in a Facebook post.
He however argued that the Malawi Queens coach is also an achiever and deserved an award though the award should have had another name.
“There would have been no harm in calling him the greatest achiever of 2016. But innovator was not the best nomenclature, in my view,” said Kenani.