Skip to main content
Flag of Malawi


Republic of Malawi Africa Lilongwe 17,377,468 inhabitants 118,484 sq km 146.67 inhabitants/sq km Malawian kwachas (MWK) population evolution

Famous people from Malawi

Here is a list of famous people from Malawi. Curious if anybody from Malawi made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Hastings Banda


Hastings Kamuzu Banda was the leader of Malawi and its predecessor state, Nyasaland, from 1961 to 1994. After receiving much of his education overseas, Banda returned to his home country to speak against colonialism and advocate for independence. In 1963, he was formally appointed as Nyasaland’s prime minister and led the country to independence as Malawi a year later. Two years later, he proclaimed Malawi a republic with himself as president. He consolidated power and later declared Malawi a one-party state under the Malawi Congress Party. In 1970, the MCP made him the party’s President for Life. In 1971, he became President for Life of Malawi itself. As a leader of the pro-Western bloc in Africa, he received support from the West during the Cold War. He generally supported women’s rights, improved the country’s infrastructure, and maintained a good educational system relative to other African countries. On the debit side, however, he presided over one of the most repressive regimes in Africa. His government regularly tortured and murdered political opponents. Human rights groups estimate that at least 6,000 people were killed, tortured and jailed without trial. According to at least one estimate, as many as 18,000 people were killed during his rule. He also faced scorn for maintaining full diplomatic relations with apartheid-era South Africa.

Joyce Banda


Joyce Hilda Banda is a Malawian politician who has been the President of Malawi since 7 April 2012. She is the founder and leader of the People's Party, created in 2011. An educator and grassroots women's rights activist, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2009 and Vice President of Malawi from May 2009 to April 2012. Banda took office as president following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. She is Malawi's fourth president and its first female president. Before becoming president, she served as the country's first female vice president. She was a Member of Parliament and Minister for Gender, Children's Affairs and Community Services. Before her active career in politics she was the founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation, founder of the National Association of Business Women, Young Women Leaders Network and the Hunger Project. Forbes named President Banda as the 71st most powerful woman in the world and the most powerful woman in Africa.

Bingu wa Mutharika


Bingu wa Mutharika was a Malawian politician and economist who was President of Malawi from May 2004 until his death. He was also President of the Democratic Progressive Party, which he founded in February 2005; it obtained a majority in Malawi's parliament in the 2009 general election. During his two terms in office he was noted for presiding over as the Chairperson of the African Union in 2010–2011, as well as several domestic controversies. He died of a heart attack in Lilongwe on 5 April 2012.

Cate Campbell


Cate Campbell is an Australian swimmer who won two bronze medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Her family moved from Malawi to Australia in 2001 and it was shortly after this Campbell took up competitive swimming. In 2007, she went to the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney and won two gold medals in the 50 m individual freestyle and 4×100 m freestyle relay. She followed this up in 2008 with a victory in the 50 m freestyle at the Japan Open, beating compatriot Libby Trickett and setting new Australian and Commonwealth records with her time of 24.48 seconds. She is coached by Simon Cusack at the Commercial swimming club. She completed her secondary school studies at Kenmore State High School in Brisbane, Queensland. Cate is the eldest of five siblings. Her sister Bronte is also a promising swimmer and the pair competed in the same event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Bakili Muluzi


Elson Bakili Muluzi is a Malawian politician. He was the President of Malawi from 1994 to 2004 and was Chairman of the United Democratic Front until 2009.

William Kamkwamba


William Kamkwamba is a Malawian inventor and author. He gained fame in his country when, in 2002, he built a windmill to power a few electrical appliances in his family's house in Masitala using blue gum trees, bicycle parts, and materials collected in a local scrapyard. Since then, he has built a solar-powered water pump that supplies the first drinking water in his village and two other windmills and is planning two more, including one in Lilongwe, the political capital of Malawi.

Isaac Chilemba


Isaac Chilemba is a Malawian professional boxer competing in the light heavyweight division. He is the former IBO world champion at super middleweight and former WBC International champion at light heavyweight. He has also held the African Boxing Union titles at both weights. Moreover, Isaac has been featured in the top ten in Ring Magazine's ratings for light heavyweights.


Musical Artist

Malia is a singer from Malawi whose debut album Yellow Daffodils has been released in 2002. Her mother is from Malawi and her father is from the United Kingdom. She moved to London when she was a teenager. A budding singer, she heard a French song by Liane Foly while in New York and made contact with the French producer of the song, André Manoukian. She is up to now working with him.

Patricia Kaliati


Patricia Annie Kaliati is a Malawian politician and former educator who has held various ministerial positions in the Cabinet of Malawi.

Tamika Mkandawire

Soccer Midfielder

Tamika Paul Mkandawire is a footballer who is currently at Shrewsbury Town. He can play as a defensive midfielder or central defender.

Essau Kanyenda

Soccer Forward

Essau Boxer Kanyenda is a Malawian international footballer who plays as a striker for South African side Polokwane City F.C..

Tam Nsaliwa

Soccer Midfielder

Tamandani Wazayo Phillip "Tam" Nsaliwa is a professional football player currently playing for Bucaspor in the TFF First League.

Lucinda Fredericks

Olympic Horse Trial Athlete

Lucinda Fredericks born Lucinda Murray, 28 September 1965 is a champion equestrian sportswoman competing at the highest levels of equestrian eventing. She changed her nationality upon her marriage to Australian equestrian Clayton Fredericks, and now rides for Australia. The couple have a daughter, Ellie, and currently live near Devizes, Wiltshire. Fredericks has competed at two Olympic Games, Beijing 2008 and London 2012, winning a silver medal in the team event in Beijing.

Bronte Campbell


Bronte Campbell is an Australian swimmer who has been selected to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Her older sister Cate is also a swimmer who won two bronze medals at the Beijing Olympics. Bronte and Cate were the first Australian siblings on the same Olympic swimming team since the 1972 Summer Olympics and the first Australian sisters ever to compete in the same swimming event at the Olympics. Her family moved from Malawi to Australia in 2001 and she and Cate joined the Indooroopilly Swimming Club in Brisbane that same year. Their coach at Commercial, Simon Cusack, continues to coach both sisters. In 2009, Bronte won gold in the 50 m freestyle at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival then in 2011, she won gold in the same event at the 2011 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima, Peru. Campbell competed in the Women's 50 metre freestyle at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She and her sister Cate swam in the same heat, finishing second and third, respectively, and qualifying for the semi-final in ninth and tenth place, respectively. At the 2013 Australian Swimming Championships she won silver in the 50 m and 100 m freestyle events finishing behind sister Cate in both and qualified for the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. At the World Championships, she teamed up with Cate, Emma McKeon and Alicia Coutts in the 4×100 m freestyle where they won the silver medal, finishing 0.12 seconds behind the United States.

John Tembo


John Zenus Ungapake Tembo is a Malawian politician and the former President of the Malawi Congress Party until 10th August 2013, the strongest opposition party in Malawi. He was succeeded by Reverend Dr Lazarus Chakwera who was elected at an MCP convention held at the Natural Resources College on 10th and 11th August 2013. Tembo comes from the Dedza District in central Malawi, and he is a teacher by profession. Since the 1960s he has been an important politician in Malawi, and he was a key figure in the regime of Hastings Banda. He has been variously described as "physically slight, ascetic, fastidious" and "cunning".

Kit Hesketh-Harvey


Christopher John "Kit" Hesketh Harvey is a British musical performer, translator, composer and screenwriter.

Joseph Kamwendo

Soccer Midfielder

Joseph Kamwendo is a Malawian footballer who plays in Mozambique for Liga Muçulmana de Maputo, as a midfielder.

Ryan McCann

Soccer Midfielder

Ryan McCann is a Scottish professional association footballer who plays in either midfield or at right back. He scored a goal for Queen of the South from 84 yards meriting an application to the Guinness Book of Records as the longest distance goal scored by an outfield player. McCann is player manager for Icelandic club Peterhead.

Nicholas Shaxson


Nicholas Shaxson is a British author, journalist, and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House. He is best known for his investigative books Poisoned Wells and Treasure Islands. He is a full-time writer and researcher for the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led group focused on the harmful impacts of tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens.

Russell Mwafulirwa


Russell Mwafulirwa is a Malawian football player who currently plays for Swedish side IK Sleipner.

Annie Chidzira Muluzi


Annie Chidzira Muluzi is the former First Lady of Malawi and wife of Bakili Muluzi.As first lady she was the founder of the Freedom foundation Trust. She currently resides in the United States.

James Sangala


James Sangala is a Malawian international footballer who plays for Angolan club side Primeiro de Agosto, as a defender.

Chakufwa Chihana


Chakufwa Chihana was a Malawia human rights activist, pro-democracy advocate, trade unionist and later, politician. He served as the Second Vice President in Malawi. He is credited as the 'father of Malawian democracy'. He served as leader of Malawi's first underground political movement, which urged President Kamuzu Banda, who had ruled for three decades, to call for a referendum on political pluralism. He was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 1992.

Iqbal Sacranie


Sir Iqbal Abdul Karim Mussain Sacranie, OBE served as Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain until June 2006. He arrived in UK in 1969. He was founding Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, and served four further years as Secretary General from 2002 to 2004 and 2004 to 2006. He was honoured with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1999, and was Knighted by the Queen in 2005. During the controversy on Salman Rushdie, shortly after the fatwa by Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini for his book The Satanic Verses, he famously stated: “Death, perhaps, is a bit too easy for him his mind must be tormented for the rest of his life unless he asks for forgiveness to Almighty Allah.” Sacranie states that this quotation was misinterpreted and that he merely wanted to convince Muslims that they should not kill Rushdie. On January 3, 2006, Sacranie told BBC Radio 4's PM programme that he believes homosexuality is "not acceptable", and denounced same-sex civil partnerships as "harmful". He said that bringing in gay marriage did "not augur well" for building the foundations of society. He was Chairman of Muslim Aid and since 2012 is on the Executive Committee.

Chiukepo Msowoya


Chiukepo Msowoya is a Malawian footballer, who currently plays for Mozambican side C.D. Maxaquene and the Malawi national team.

Jack Mapanje


Jack Mapanje is a Malawian writer and poet. He was the head of English at the University of Malawi before being imprisoned in 1987 for his collection Of Chameleons and Gods, which indirectly criticized the administration of President Hastings Banda. He was released in 1991 and emigrated to the UK, where he worked as a teacher.

Callista Chimombo


Callista Chapola-Chimombo is a Malawian politician and the widow of President Bingu wa Mutharika. She served as the First Lady of the Republic of Malawi from 2010 to 2012. Chimombo is a current member of the Cabinet of Malawi as a National Coordinator of Maternal, Infant and Child Health and HIV/Nutrition/Malaria and Tuberculosis. She has also previously served as a member of the Pan-African Parliament, and as the Malawi Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture. As of 2005, she was Secretary of the Malawi Women’s Caucus. Chimombo is a member of the Democratic Progressive Party and a former member of the United Democratic Front.

Khumbo Kachali


Khumbo Hasting Kachali is a Malawian politician who has been Vice President of Malawi since April 2012, serving under President Joyce Banda. He is credited with being the first Vice President from the Northern Region of Malawi.The three previous vice presidents came from the central and southern regions. Kachali previously held a number of cabinet positions between 2004 and 2010.

David Rubadiri


James David Rubadiri is a Malawian diplomat, academic and poet, playwright and novelist. Rubadiri is ranked as one of Africa's most widely anthologized and celebrated poets to emerge after independence.

Malcolm Ross


Malcolm Ross is a Scottish guitarist. His musical career started when he played guitar in the Scottish band Josef K. They released a string of singles and an album, The Only Fun in Town, on Postcard Records in the early 1980s. After the demise of Josef K, Ross joined Edwyn Collins in the group Orange Juice, playing and writing songs for both the Rip it Up and Texas Fever albums. After Orange Juice, Ross joined Roddy Frame in Aztec Camera as second guitarist, and recorded and toured the Mark Knopfler produced Knife album. Next Ross embarked on other projects such as the High Bees with his wife, Syuzen Buckley, and Dave Ruffy. In the mid-1980s and throughout the 1990s, Ross worked with many artists such as former Josef K bandmate Paul Haig, Momus, Edwyn Collins, Moodist Dave Graney and The Coral Snakes, Blancmange and Barry Adamson. He was also hired as musical consultant on The Beatles biopic Backbeat, and contributed to the original musical score of the film Chocolat, playing guitar alongside Johnny Depp. Ross appeared on ex-Fire Engine Davy Henderson's band The Nectarine No. 9's last album, I Love Total Destruction and is currently working with another ex-Fire Engine, Russell Burn, in their new band, Stac Lee. Ross continues to play with wife Syuzen in the excellent group Buckley's Chance, mostly around Edinburgh, Scotland. He has also worked in various one off projects including The Lonely Crowd with Bassist Billy Buckley, Drummer Chris McArthur and New York songwriter Spike Priggen.

Peter Mponda


Peter Mponda is a Malawian footballer who currently plays for Santos Football Club in South Africa. He plays as a central defender and is the captain of the Malawi national team.

James Frederick Sangala


James Frederick Sangala was a founding member of the Nyasaland African Congress during the period of British colonial rule. Sangala was given the nickname "Pyagusi", which means "one who perseveres". Sangala was born in a village in the highlands of what is now southern Malawi around 1900, a few years after the British had established the British Central Africa Protectorate. He received sufficient education to find work first as a primary school teacher, then as a clerk in various commercial enterprises. From 1930 until the early 1950s he held clerical positions in the colonial administration. He then retired to earn his living with a brick-making business. In the 1930s, Sangala became a leader of the Native Association movement in Nyasaland, encouraging the formation of local representative groups. In 1943 he was a founder and the acting secretary of the Nyasaland African Congress, which sought to give a unified voice to the local associations and to press for greater rights for Africans. From 1954 to 1956 he was president of the Congress, but was persuaded to resign to make way for more radical members who were seeking full independence. Despite his moderate stand, Sangala was arrested for his activities more than once in the 1950s. Renamed the Malawi Congress Party, the NAC was to win all the seats in the 1961 Nyasaland elections, and to lead the country to self-governance in 1963 and full independence as the state of Malawi in 1964.

Peter Buchanan


Peter Buchanan is an architect, urbanist, writer, critic, lecturer and exhibition curator. He is best known for his series of critical essays for The Big Rethink published by The Architectural Review and for his books on architecture.

Robin Ngalande


Robin Ngalande is a Malawian international footballer who plays for South African Premier Soccer League club Bidvest Wits, as a striker.

Goodall Edward Gondwe


Goodall Edward Gondwe is a Malawian economist. He was in the cabinet of Malawi as the Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Affairs as well Minister of Finance and Minister of Local Government for the nation of Malawi. He is also a former IMF official and was also head of the former director of the Africa Division for the International Monetary Fund before returning to Malawi to work as a politician. In the period leading up to his election as Member of Parliament, he served as the Chief Economic Advisor to President Bakili Muluzi. In October 2012, Gondwe announced he would be resigning from the Democratic Progressive Party and retiring from politics altogether at the 2014 general elections.

John Maduka

Football player

John Maduka is a retired Malawian footballer.

Atusaye Nyondo


Atusaye Nyondo is a Malawian footballer who currently plays for Pretoria University on loan from SuperSport United in the South African Premier Soccer League.

Legson Kayira


Legson Didimu Kayira was a Malawian novelist. Kayira, an ethnic Tumbuka, received an education at Skagit Valley College, University of Washington and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. His early works focused on Malawi's rural life, while his later writings satirised the Hastings Banda regime.

Daniel Chitsulo

Soccer Forward

Daniel Chitsulo is a Malawian footballer who plays for SG Köln-Worringen.

Jimmy Zakazaka


Jimmy Zakazaka is a Malawian football player who has played at international level for Malawi. His position is striker. Clubs he has played for include Free State Stars and Bay United.

Drake Thadzi

Professional Boxer

Drake Thadzi is a 6'1 light heavyweight retired boxer from Malawi, who represented his native country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. There he was decisioned in the second round of competition in the light heavyweight division by Algeria's eventual bronze medalist Mustapha Moussa. Soon afterwards Thadzi turned professional, before retiring in 1998 after a loss against Dariusz Michalczewski with a record of 40 fights: 30 wins, 1 draw and 9 losses. Some other career highlights: Thadzi challenged Virgil Hill for the WBA light heavyweight title in 1995 but lost a decision. Thadzi scored his career best win in 1997, when he upset respected three-time world champion James Toney at the Foxwoods Casino. At that point Thadzi appeared primed to fight for a title but manager Goody Petronelli inexplicably failed to get him a fight during the next 15 months. Thadzi finished out with only two more fights after the Toney win with a victory over a seriously weight depleted "Iceman" John Scully and a title loss to Michalczewski eighteen months after his big win over Toney.

Allan Kamanga

Soccer Defender

Allan Kamanga is a Malawian footballer who currently plays for Dynamos.

Ken Kandodo


Ken Kandodo is a Financial Manager, MP and politician who was appointed Malawi's Minister of Finance on 15 June 2009. As of 8 September 2011, he is no longer finance Minister in Malawi due to the reshuffle in the Cabinet of Malawi. Kandodo is a grand nephew of former president Hastings Banda. He is a Chewa from the midlands of Malawi.

Patrick Mabedi

Soccer Defender

Patrick Mabedi is a retired Malawian football. His position is defender. He also played for the country's national team for a long time. He is nicknamed Bostik or General.

John Rose


Sir John Rose is a British businessman who was the Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce plc from 1996 through 2011.

Gwanda Chakuamba


Gwandaguluwe "Gwanda" Chakuamba Phiri is a prominent Malawian politician who is currently the leader of the New Republican Party. He is from the lower Shire Valley area in southern Malawi. From the country's independence in 1964 until 1980, Chakuamba was a key figure within the Malawi Congress Party, which was the sole legal political party. During the rule of President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, he held many cabinet positions and was Commander of the MCP youth group Malawi Young Pioneers. Known for his temperamental nature, Chakuamba was a fearless opponent of John Tembo. One account has it Tembo and Chakuamba squared up for a fist fight at Nasawa MYP Training Base where Dr. Banda was within minutes of arriving to inaugurate the 1976 Youth Week Rally. In February 1980, Chakuamba was 'charged', on the behest of Tembo and Kadzamira, with sedition and given a 22-year prison sentence. Chakuamba was released from jail in July 1993, a month after voters endorsed a return to multiparty politics in a referendum. On his release, he joined the opposition United Democratic Front but soon returned to the MCP and became secretary-general of the party. In February 1994, the MCP announced that Banda was to be the party's presidential candidate in the forthcoming general election; Chakuamba was the vice-presidential candidate.

John Banda

Soccer Midfielder

John Banda is Malawian international football player who plays for home club Blue Eagles in Malawi Premier Division as a midfielder. He was called to Malawian internationals, played at 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and 2013 CAN qualifiers.

Tony Bird

Musical Artist

Tony Bird is a folk rock singer-songwriter who was born and grew up in Nyasaland in Southern Africa. He is known for his Dylanesque vocals and for his songs which describe life in colonial Nyasaland from a progressive anti-colonial point of view. He made his first solo performances at the Space Theatre in Cape Town where his unique African style was reviewed favorably by press and promoters. He recorded two albums in the 70s. His comeback CD Sorry Africa, released in 1990 on Rounder Records in the USA and Mountain Records in Europe and Africa, included the hit song "Mango Time", which describes the happiness of the mangoes being ripe, once a year. He toured with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in the 1980s, who recorded his song "Go Willie Go". He now lives in the New York US where he continues to perform.

Cassim Chilumpha


Dr. Cassim Chilumpha is a Malawian politician who was Vice-President of Malawi from June 2004 to May 2009. He has been Minister of Energy and Mining since April 2012.

Fisher Kondowe

Soccer Midfielder

Fisher Kondowe is a Malawian football player who currently plays for Big Bullets. His position is midfielder.

Moses Chavula


Moses Chavula is a Malawian footballer who plays as a defender for MTL Wanderers. A longtime member of the Malawi national football team, Chavula has competed for his national team since 2003. Chavula is a left-footed player and plays as left-back for his team and Malawi.

Kanyama Chiume


Kanyama Chiume was born Murray William Kanyama Chiume, in Nkhata Bay District, Nyasaland, where he became a leading nationalist in the struggle for Malawi’s independence in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also one of the leaders of the Nyasaland African Congress and served as the Minister of Education and the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the 1960s before fleeing the country after the 1964 Cabinet Crisis.

Peter Wadabwa


Peter Wadabwa is a Malawian footballer who currently plays for Golden Arrows in the South African Premier Soccer League.

Tim Davis

Visual Artist

Tim Davis is an American visual artist and poet. His photographic work delves into formal aspects of photography as well as socially engaged documentary. He is the author and subject of several books, including Lots, Permanent Collection and My Life in Politics, plus a book of poetry titled American Whatever. Represented by Greenberg Van Doren Gallery and Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York City, Davis teaches in the photography program at Bard College. He was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2007. He lives and works in New York City and Tivoli, New York.

Patricia Shanil Muluzi


Patricia Shanil Muluzi is the former First Lady of Malawi and wife of former President Bakili Muluzi. She is a former school teacher. Although though couple had been married in 1988 and when Muluzi was running for Presidency,she lived secretly and out of the public eye. After Bakili Muluzi became President in 1994, she lived in a presidential residence near Zomba. She made her first public appearance a day before the wedding.

Chimunthu Banda


Henry Chimunthu Banda is a Malawian politician from Chipembere Village, in Nkhotakota. He is the current Speaker of House for the National Assembly of Malawi and National Assembly of Malawi. He was elected in 2009 as the Chair of the 19 member Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Africa region. There is no relation between him and the incumbent President of Malawi, Joyce Banda. He is also a former Minister of Energy and Minister of Mining, Youth Sports and Culture.

Victor Nyirenda

Soccer Forward

Victor Nyirenda is a Malawian footballer, who currently plays for Berjaya Dong Nai F.C.

Kinnah Phiri


Kinnah Phiri is a former Malawian footballer and coach currently.

Limbikani Mzabva

Soccer Defender

Limbikani Mzabva is a Malawian soccer player.

Davie Banda

Soccer Midfielder

Davi Banda is a Malawian footballer who last played for Black Leopards in the South African Premier Soccer League.

Samuel Mpasu


Sam Mpasu is a Malawian politician, author, and former diplomat — He served as Minister of Commerce, Secretary General of the United Democratic Front in 1999, and speaker of the Malawi National Assembly.

Joe McDonald


Joe McDonald was a Scottish footballer who played for Sunderland and the Scotland national football team. He was born in Blantyre, Scotland.

Orton Chirwa


Orton Chirwa was a lawyer and political leader in colonial Nyasaland and after independence became Malawi's Minister of Justice and Attorney General. After a dispute with Malawi's autocratic President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, he and his wife Vera were exiled. After being kidnapped abroad they were tried in Malawi on charges of treason and sentenced to death. Amnesty International named the couple prisoners of conscience. After spending nearly eleven years on death row in Malawi, Orton Chirwa died in prison on 20 October 1992.

Elvis Kafoteka

Soccer Defender

Elvis Bryson Kafoteka is a Malawian international footballer, who currently plays for APR FC.

Tay Grin


Tay Grin, real name Limbani Kalilani, is a best-selling Malawian hip hop artist. He is popularly known by his best selling album,Proudly African. The album contains hit singles like 2 by 2, Nyau Music Feat Kenya's Nameless, Ndabwera, and Stand Up. He was nominated for Channel O Music awards in 2007 and 2008 for Best Male, Best Southern Africa Video, and Best Hip Hop Video. He is also a telephone entrepreneur, and founded Phone Yanu Ltd, a successful wireless mobile public payphone company in Malawi. He has recently released his brand new album titled "Nyau King" which includes the hit Motto featuring Wendy Harawa. He is the founder and President of Black Rhyno Entertainment. He is son to Jean Kalilani.

Simplex Nthala


Simplex Nthala is a Malawian footballer, who currently plays for Vilankulo F.C. in Mozambique.

Fundo Mhura

Professional Boxer

Fundo Chifundo Mhura is a Scottish amateur boxer best known for winning bronze at the 2006 European Amateur Boxing Championships at middleweight.

George Chaponda


Dr. George T. Chaponda born, is a Malawian diplomat and politician. He is currently the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs. Chaponda studied at the University of Delhi from 1963 to 1968 where he received degrees in history and political science. He studied law at the University of Zambia from 1976–79 and at Yale University from 1980 to 1984. He was admitted to the Bar in 1980. He held a number of senior positions in Zambia including Chief Executive of a parastal organisation. From 1984 to 2002, he worked mostly as a senior lawyer for the Office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Somalia, Kenya, Thailand, Bangladesh, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and Ethiopia. From 2003-2004 he was Chairman of the University Council of the University of Malawi. In 2004 Chaponda entered Malawian politics and was elected as a Member of Parliament for the Mulanje South West. In June 2004, he was appointed Foreign Minister in the cabinet of the newly elected president Bingu wa Mutharika. He served in that position until 2005, when he was appointed Minister of Local Government and Rural Development for Malawi. After the elections in May 2009, he was appointed Minister of Education. In 2010 George Chaponda was appointed Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

Tawonga Chimodzi

Soccer Midfielder

Tawonga Chimodzi is a Malawian footballer who currently plays for Iraklis Psachna and Malawi. His position is midfielder. He signed for Greek club Iraklis Psachna in August 2013.

Harry Nyirenda


Harry Nyirenda is a Malawian footballer, who currently plays for South African side Black Leopards.

Ken Lipenga


Dr. Ken Lipenga was born on February 14, 1952 at Chiringa, Phalombe. He is a Malawian politician, journalist, and writer. He is the current Member of Parliament for Phalombe East. He is the current Minister of Finance in Malawi.

Rose Chibambo


Rose Lomathinda Chibambo was a prominent politician in the British Protectorate of Nyasaland in the years leading up to independence as the state of Malawi in 1964, and immediately after. . Rose Chibambo organized Malawian women in their political fight against the British as a political force to be reckoned with alongside their menfolk in the push for independence. She was imprisoned in 1959, while pregnant with her 5th child, along with other Malawians whom the Federal government felt were a threat to British rule. She gave birth while imprisoned and was not released till a year later. After Malawi gained independence, Rose Chibambo was the first woman minister in the new cabinet. When she fell out with Dr. Hastings Banda she was forced into exile for thirty years, returning after the restoration of democracy

Kennedy Malunga

Football player

Kennedy Malunga is a former Malawi international football midfielder who plays for clubs in Malawi, South Africa and Belgium.

Vera Chirwa


Vera Mlangazua Chirwa is a Malawian born lawyer and human and civil rights activist. She was Malawi's first female lawyer and a founding member of the Malawi Congress Party and the Nyasaland African Women's League. She fought for multiparty democratic rule in Malawi and was charged with treason, tried and sentenced to death by President Kamuzu Banda. She spent 12 years on death row. She was married to lawyer Orton Chirwa, Malawian Minister of Justice and Attorney General, who later died in prison.

Catherine Chikwakwa

Olympic athlete

Catherine Chikwakwa is a Malawian middle/long-distance runner.

James Mbowe Nyondo


James Mbowe Nyondo is a Malawian lawyer, development worker, and presidential candidate. He was born on May 14, 1968 in Chitipa, Malawi.

Tapiwa Gwaza


Tapiwa Sylvia Gwaza is a Malawian actress popular for her role as lawyer in the Malawian film, Seasons of a Life. She is currently pursuing roles on the Malawian stage and is looking forward to acting in other Countries.

Clements Kadalie

Deceased Person

Clements Kadalie was South Africa's first black national trade union leader.

Rosemary Kirkcaldy


Rosemary Kirkcaldy was an actress and the wife of Joss Ackland.

Jessie Kabwila-Kapasula


Dr. Jessie Kabwila-Kapasula is an academic, feminist, educator and activist. Her scholarship focuses on African feminism. Kabwila-Kapasula was the acting president of the Chancellor College Academic Staff Union that was fired during the stand off to ensure academic freedom at the University of Malawi that hasn't been resolved. She is one of the fired lecturers at the center of the stand off for academic freedom that occurred at University of Malawi that resulted in her dismissal. This prompted protests from the UNIMA students and faculty that stood in solidarity with Kabwila-Kapasula and the eventual closure of the university. It led to a stand off between President Bingu wa Mutharika and the lecturers. Her dismissal centering academic freedom was also one of the events that led to the July 20th, 2011 protests.

Mike Tebulo

Olympic Road runner

Mike Tebulo is a Malawian long-distance runner.

Charles Swini


Charles Swini is a Malawian footballer, who currently plays for ESCOM United.

Eugene Khumbanyiwa


Eugene Khumbanyiwa is an actor.

Richard Liversidge


Richard Liversidge, naturalist, ornithologist and museum director, was born on 17 September 1926 in Blantyre, Nyasaland, and died on 15 September 2003 in Kimberley, South Africa.

Peter Mgangira

Football player

Peter Mgangira is a Malawian footballer who currently plays for Blue Eagles FC.

Jacob Ngwira

Soccer Midfielder

Jacob Ngwira is a Malawian footballer who currently plays for ESCOM United in the TNM Super League.

Swadic Sanudi

Football player

Swadic Sanudi is a Malawian footballer who plays for Dynamos and the Malawi national team as a goalkeeper.

Samson Kambalu


Samson Kambalu is a Malawi-born author who trained as a fine artist and ethnomusicologist at the University of Malawi's Chancellor College. His first book, The Jive Talker, was published in 2008 by Jonathan Cape in the UK and by Free Press in the USA.

Peter Mwanza


Professor Peter Nelson Mwanza is a Malawian politician. He was appointed Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in the government of President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi on 17 June 2009. He was reassigned to become Minister of Agriculture and Food Security in a cabinet reshuffle on 9 August 2010.

Maupo Msowoya

Soccer Defender

Maupo Msowoya is a Malawian footballer, who currently plays for ESCOM United.

Joyce Tafatatha


Joyce Feith Tafatatha is a Malawian athlete who specializes in swimming. She participated in the London 2012 Olympics for Malawi in the women's 50 m swimming. She currently holds a number of swimming records in Malawi. She recently moved to the Netherlands to further her swimming career after a brilliant showing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, in which she swam a Personal Best time of 27.74.

Chimango Kayira

Soccer Midfielder

Chimango Kayira is a Malawian soccer player.

Theo Thomson


Theo Thomson is a Malawian born musician, song writer and record label owner. Thomson is owner of the Blantyre-based Matalala Recording Studio. He lived in the UK, where he began to gain an interest in music a performing and moved back to Malawi to expand his music career. His father is a former DJ and owner of Fm 101 Power radio Oscar Thomson. He is also the grandson of former Malawian Minister of Trade and Industry, Harry Thomson. After years of collaborations on various tracks, he released his own debut album 'Gypsy' in 2010. His latest track ‘So Amazing’ received overwhelming requests and airplay on Malawi’s state and private owned radios. It was at number one for a few weeks on the Malawian charts. The song has been popular in Zimbabwe, and has also performed the son as an opening act on MTV's Big Brother Africa. His songs 'Kuthentha'' and 'Stutter' have been featured on popular music stations Channel O and MTV. His music style is described as urban, R&B with a Malawian fusion. He has collaborated with Malawian artists like Tay Grin, on his track ‘Maybe This May Be Love’ from his new yet-to-be released album ‘Nyau King’ and on the song ‘One Love One Heart’ by Tapps Bandawe that also features Nigerian artist, 2face Idibia and Zambian K’millian.

Thomas John Bisika


Thomas John Bisika, a Social Demographer and Public Health Specialist cum diplomat, is a Health Systems Specialist at World Health Organization in Nigeria.

Chikondi Mpulula

Football player

Chikondi Mpulula is a Malawian footballer who currently plays as a Striker for the Malawian football club, Blue Eagles FC of Lilongwe in the Malawi Premier Division. Chikondi became the 2010/11 Telekom Super League top scorer with 18 goals. His brilliant performance with Blue Eagles FC earned him trials with South African club, Bloemfontein Celtic and the 2011 Malaysia Super League champions, Kelantan FA. Chikondi, alongside three other trialist appeared in a friendly with the Kelantan Reserve Team against Songkhla FC of Thailand which Chikondi scored in the 26th second. However, Songkhla FC later won the match 1–3. Chikondi previously played for Blantyre United FC.

Etta Banda


Etta Elizabeth Banda was the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Malawi, having held the position from 2009-2011. She was formerly the MP for Nkhata Bay South and a professor.

Christopher John Banda

Soccer Midfielder

Christopher-John Banda was an Malawian footballer.