Image of Abingu
Photographer: Arjen van de Merwe


Abingu represents the current President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika. There have been many political gule characters, most associated with the first president, Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Gule wamkulu is a useful tool of social and political commentary, lending some anonymity to the nyau observers. Abingu is a generally positive presentation of the current leader unlike many characters that commented on the dictatorship of Banda. Yet Abingu is depicted in pink, suggesting he is an outsider (Mutharika is not a Chewa).