Funny Balaba Kanojerera: The Youngest Deputy Mayor of Blantyre City  

Councillor Balaba initiated the establishment of the Malawi Youth Councillors Caucus in March 2021 via the Malawi Local Government Association executive committee. The committee approved the proposal on June 8th, 2021, and designated June 10th, 2021, as the birth date for the caucus. Balaba assumes the role of interim president, leading 48 members including 18 young women and 30 young men elected locally throughout the country, until September 2025. Following Balaba’s attendance at a training in Pretoria (South Africa) organized by UCLG Africa in March 2022, the caucus became the Malawi chapter of the continental Network of Young Elected Local Officials of Africa (YELO).  

Kanojerera served as Member of the Youth Parliament from 2016 to 2019. He was elected to the position of Ward Councillor under Blantyre City Council (BCC) on the 21st of May 2019 Local Government Elections, which were held simultaneously with parliamentary and presidential elections. On 19 January 2022, he was elected to the position of BCC Deputy Mayor, breaking the record of youngest Deputy Mayor in the commercial and industrial capital of Malawi. Kanojerera underwent Political Leadership Training which the Centre for Young Leaders in Africa (CYLA) has been facilitating under the Programme of Young Politicians in Africa (PYPA) in Zambia and Malawi. 


Funny Balaba Kanojerera is the fourth-born in a family of six. Combined with the three children his father had before marrying his mother, Kanojerera is a member of a large, united family of nine siblings. He started his education journey at Mphete Primary School in Mwanza District and, thereafter, relocated to Blantyre City, where he joined Nyambadwe Lion Primary School. After sitting Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education examinations, Kanojerera went to Chifunga Community Day Secondary School in Neno District in 2012, from where, after sitting Malawi School Certificate of Education examinations, he continued his education journey at Blantyre Teachers Training College. Feeling that his calling was elsewhere, he joined Lilongwe Technical College through to 2016. He is studying Civil Engineering at the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences.