ISBN 9789990857030
Pages 104
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2014
Publisher Mzuni Press, Malawi
Format Paperback

Tumbuka Folktales

Moral and Didactic Lessons from Malawi

by Lester Brian Shawa, Boston Jaston Soko

Tumbuka folktales are on the verge of extinction. If not recorded now, the loss would not only be the amusement they provide but chiefly lessons inherent. On the surface, they are simple narratives, however, subtly they evoke serious moral lessons that are very applicable to our everyday life today. This folklore collection is based on field research conducted by the authors in Citumbuka speaking areas of Mzimba and Rumphi districts in Nothern Malawi.

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About the Authors

Lester Brian Shawa

Lester Brian Shaŵa lectures in the Department of Education and Teaching Studies at Mzuzu University in Malaŵi. He received an M.Ed. in education policy studies with distinction from Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2007. In the same year, he received an NRF research award and a year later, he was awarded the Victoria University of Wellington PhD Scholarship in New Zealand where he is pursuing Doctoral Studies in Philosophy and Education Policy. His interest in African Oral Literature developed from childhood through his mother who narrated and performed folktales with passion. Lester comes from Euthini in Mzimba, northern Malaŵi.

Boston Jaston Soko

Professor is at Mzuzu University where he is Professor of French. Professor Soko has been very active in research in African Literatures, teaching the African novel of French expression, negritude poetry, and oral literature.

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