ISBN 9789996060267
Pages 104
Dimensions 210 x 148
Published 2023
Publisher Luviri Press, Malawi
Format Paperback

Nthanu za Chitonga

by Filemon Chirwa

The Lakeside Tonga in the North were the first ethnic group in Malawi to accept Christianity, not so much be many baptisms, but by sending their children to school, so that in 1895 half the Tonga children attended school. One of them was Filemon Kamunkhwara Chirwa from Mchaya (Old Bandawe), who trained as a teacher and became the leading teacher for the Tonga schools in the 1920s, an intellectual, a religious and political leader. When Indirect Rule came in 1932, he was strongly involved in the creation of the Tonga Tribal Council. At that time, he published his only book, the Tonga stories. He also wrote a World History in Tonga, but the manuscript cannot be found.

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