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Banda, Hastings Kamuzu (c. 1898–1997), president of Malawi, was born in a small village near the trading centre Kasungu in the British protectorate of Nyasaland, the son of Mphonongo Banda and his wife, Akupinganyama Phiri. (He later gave 1906 as his year of birth.) His parents were ...

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Hastings Kamuzu Banda (c. 1898–1997) by Rex Coleman for Baron Studios, 1964 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chirwa, Orton Edgar Ching'oli (1919–1992), lawyer and politician in Nyasaland and Malawi, was born near Nkhata Bay, Nyasaland, the son of Yesaya Mafananiso Chirwa (1881–1955) and Maggie Nyamazawo Nyrenda (fl. 1880–1960), both of whom had been seized as children in the last period of Ngoni raiding and brought up in the village of ...

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Chisiza, Dunduzu Kaluli (1930–1962), politician in Nyasaland and Malawi, was born at Chitimba, Northern Province, Nyasaland, on 8 August 1930, the youngest of the eleven children of Kaluli Chisiza (d. 1964), a prosperous farmer, and Emily nyaHarawa. Only three of his siblings survived into adulthood. After village school he entered the ...