M’manga: Mentoring youths for better future. By Brenda Buliyani

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The Bible in Romans 8: 28 says: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him”.

This could not be too far from the truth in the case of young psychologist, Chilungamo M’manga.

Due to that fact, she believes that God allowed her childhood experiences to work together for her good in shaping her for the assignment He has given her.

Born on 17 April in Zomba, she is one of 11 children born to Retired Colonnel Raleigh M’manga, and retired teacher Matilda M’manga.

She has a twin-sister, Chifuniro, and the two are the last-born children in the family.

When Chilungamo’s parents retired from work at Zomba Barracks and went to settle down in their Sangala Village, Traditional Authority Malemia, Zomba, the twins were only three years old.

“I grew up in the village until my older sister came to take us to Lilongwe, to stay with her. Life was better in the city and the education, too. My grades improved and I became one of the best students upon graduating from Mphungu Primary School in Area 12, I was selected to Likuni Girls’ Secondary School where I sat the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) in 2005,” she recalls.

After a year of waiting for results, she was selected to Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), where she pursued Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Psychology.

She immediately started working at Blantyre International University (BIU) as a junior lecturer in Counselling Psychology.

She was there between 2012 and 2013, and later moved to Chancellor College in 2014 as an assistant lecturer before becoming a full lecturer in the Department of Psychology.

After two years of teaching, she travelled to China to pursue a Masters in Developmental Psychology—from 2016 to 2018.

Upon completing her studies, she came back and continued to teach at Chancellor College until January this year, when she joined Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCH) as a lecturer of Psychology in the Department of Behavioural and Biological Sciences.

She confesses that growing up away from her parents was a challenge, and as a young girl, she felt emotionally deprived.

She recalls that there were so many moments when she felt she needed to talk to someone about some things she was going through—someone who would understand what was going on in her mind—such as her fears, her dreams and her curiosities.

Unfortunately, she says, she felt like no-one seemed to really understand what she was going through.

To make matters worse, she and her twin-sister were selected to different secondary schools.

“Whereas I went to Likuni Girls, she was selected to Malawi Army Secondary School. But, by the grace of God, I received Jesus Christ while in Form One. Things had become easier.

“My whole life had completely changed. I was more at peace and assured of my bright future,” says the young woman who is also a pastor at the Fountain of Victory Ministry.

She has no doubts that these experiences shaped her for what she is today. Moreover,