The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) has crowned Smart Vinti and Patricia Lionde as 2024 Mr. and Miss. Albinism respectively; in the first time in the history of disability Malawi.

Vinti has been crowned Mr. Malawi after edging his seven counterparts and Lionde has been named Miss. Albinism after biting 7 rivals with albinism in a tight contest held on 9 December at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe.

Speaking at the colorful event, Mary Chilima, spouse to the country's vice president who came as guest of honor, said time has come when Malawi should start recognizing persons with albinism just like any other people who can render meaningful contribution to the national development agenda.

"We should perceive persons with albinism as any other individuals who can help develop our country in achieving its goals. I, personally, I do support these people and it is our mandate to support them with necessary and reasonable resources that can keep them pursuing their livelihood', she lamented.

The two have emerged Mr. & Miss. Albinism at an event held just a day after Malawi had joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).