Dziko la Malaŵi (Republic of Malaŵi)
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The explorer David Livingstone reached Lake Nyasa, now Lake Malawi, in 1859 and it was the land along the lake’s western shore that became, in 1891, the British Protectorate of Nyasaland. In 1884 the British South Africa Company applied for a charter to trade. Pressure on land, the colour bar and other grievances generated Malawian resistance. In 1953 Nyasaland was joined with Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) to form the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, under British control. This union was dissolved in 1963 when Nyasaland was for a year self-governing, until on 6 July 1964 it became independent, adopting the name of Malawi. In 1966 Malawi was declared a republic and Dr Hastings Banda became the first president, establishing a one party dictatorship which lasted for 30 years. In 1994 Malawi returned to multi-party democracy.


Trade Fair Democratic Progressive Party Saving Bank Export Earning Proven Reserve 
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Further Reading

  1. National Statistical Office. Monthly Statistical Bulletin Google Scholar
  2. Ministry of Economic Planning and Development. Economic Report. AnnualGoogle Scholar
  3. Decalo, S., Malawi. [Bibliography] 2nd ed. ABC-Clio, Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1995Google Scholar
  4. Kalinga, O. J. M. and Crosby, C. A., Historical Dictionary of Malawi. Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, 1993Google Scholar
  5. National statistical office: National Statistical Office, POB 333, Zomba.Google Scholar

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  • Barry Turner

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