A disabled African politician who graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids has been re-elected to a five-year term in the Malawi Parliament, where he will serve as second deputy speaker.
Clement Chiwaya, who attended college in Grand Rapids from 1998 to 2002, was re-elected in June,¬†according to reports.
Chiwaya¬†returned to Grand Rapids¬†last spring to speak at the TEDx conference on May 7. His TED talk focused on highlighting the social stigma Africans attach to people with disabilities. Chiwaya, a polio survivor, uses a wheelchair.
Chiwaya credited his education and sponsors in Grand Rapids with helping him achieve the legislative position with the Malawian United Democratic Front party.
Disability advocates in Malawi hailed Chiwaya‚Äôs re-election.
‚ÄúOur elections are not media-oriented,‚ÄĚ Chiwaya told the media in May. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs more personal. You really have to go out and campaign.”
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