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Malawi: Southeastern African Country formerly known as Nyasaland

The Bantu tribes first settled in Malawi during 1st century AD. Later on the several major kingdoms governed it. In 1480 AD Malawi was under the reign of Maravi. Around 1600 AD Ngonde annexed the Malawi from the Maravi and establish its sole authority over the country. The Chikulamayembe Kings came to power in the 18th century. In 1884 British established its control over Malawi and it soon became a major slave trade centre. Finally in 1891 Malawi was made a British protectorate under a new name of Nyasaland. Between 1951 and 1953, Britain combined Nyasaland with the colonies of Northern and Southern Rhodesia to form a federation. Under the influence of the African independence movement Malawi obtained independence in 1964 and the political leaders restored the original name of Malawi.

Malawi Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures

    · National Name: The Republic of Malawi
    · Capital: Lilongwe
    · Total area: 118,484 sq km (45,747 sq miles)
    · Population: 14.3 million (UN, 2008)
    · Currency: Malawi Kwacha
    · Languages: Chichewa 57.2% (official), Chinyanja 12.8%, Chiyao 10.1%, Chitumbuka 9.5%, Chisena 2.7%, Chilomwe 2.4%, Chitonga 1.7%, other 3.6% (1998 census)
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, European
    · Religion: Christian 79.9%, Muslim 12.8%, other 3%, none 4.3% (1998 census)
    · GDP (Per Capita): $800 (2008 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 43.74 years, Female: 43.15 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 76.1%, Female: 49.8% (2003 est.)

Geographical Information on Malawi:
Malawi is a landlocked country situated in the southeastern part Africa. Malawi is bordered by Zambia from the northwest, Tanzania from the northeast and Mozambique from the south, southwest and southeast. The Great Rift Valley runs through the country from north to south of Malawi.

Malawi experiences hot climate in the low-lying areas whereas the northern highlands enjoy temperate climate. Between November to April the temperature is warm with equatorial rains and thunderstorms lashing the country.

Culture and Cuisine of Malawi:
The culture of Malawi is derived from the tribal beliefs, practices, customs and followings due to co-existence of various cultures side by side. This gives diversity to Malawi culture, which can be seen in its cultural practices, beliefs, music, dance, customs and even in the ways they build their houses. There are various traditional arts and crafts, including sculpture in wood and ivory that reflects the cultural practices of Malawi.

Malawi cuisine is largely traditional and has not come under the influence of the outside world. The staple food in Malawi is Nshima, which is a thick maize porridge moulded into patties and served with beans, meat, or vegetables called Ndiwo. Another Malawian dishes are prepared with rice, cassava or potatoes and popular through out the country. Another traditional food is Wali wa samaki, made from salmon, vermicelli, Onion, carrots, rice and seasonal vegetables.

Economy of Malawi:
The Malawi economy is largely based on agriculture and its main agricultural products include tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea, corn, potatoes, sorghum and cattle rearing. The main industrial products are tobacco, tea and sugar processing, sawmill products, cement and consumer goods. Malawi largely relies on foreign developmental assistance to support its economy.

Tourist Attractions of Malawi:
Malawi has plethora of tourists’ sites that satisfies the demand of people who visits this country. The government of Malawi has taken several initiatives to enhance the tourists’ facilities so that satisfactory hospitality can be provided to tourists during their stay in Malawi. Malawi has several beautiful places that vary from vast stretches of rugged hills to miles of grasslands and panoramic lakes.

Lake Malawi: is the third largest lake in Africa. It is a tropical paradise with palm, mango, avocado and banana trees lining on its sides. The blue, tranquil waters ensure wonderful canoeing and attract deep-water divers to see the beauty of aquatic life.

Nyika National Park: the park’s famous for its diverse wild animals and home to the rare bird species. The rolling grasslands over the Nyika Plateau give a mesmerizing view of nature.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Malawi include:

    · Likoma Island
    · The Lakeshore
    · Vwasa Marsh Wildlife Reserve
    · Lilongwe
    · Liwonde National Park

Kenyan sports minister barred from parliament

May 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Nairobi, May 3 (IANS) Kenyan Sports Minister Paul Otuoma has been barred from parliament until he responds to a question posed by an MP on national football team captain Denis Oliech's decision to quit the team.

Airtel revenue rises in Africa

May 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) India's Bharti Airtel Wednesday reported a 16 percent growth in revenue in its Africa operations at $1.2 billion during the quarter ended March 31 over the like period of the previous financial year.

Longer breastfeeding plus antiretroviral drugs could reduce HIV transmission to babies

April 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM

London, April 26 (ANI): Scientists had revealed that giving daily antiretroviral drugs (ART) to HIV-infected moms or their breastfeeding babies for 28 weeks proved safe and effective for preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission through breast milk.

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Madonna hails Malawi's first female leader Joy Banda

April 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM

London, April 12 (ANI): Madonna has expressed her happiness for Malawi's former vice-president, who has now become the leader of the country.

Joyce Banda sworn in as Malawi president

April 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Lilongwe, April 8 (IANS) Malawi Vice President Joyce Banda has been sworn in as the country's president following the death of president Mutharika Thursday due to a cardiac arrest.

Malawi president dies of heart attack

April 6, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Lilongwe, April 6 (IANS) Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika died Thursday afternoon following an heart attack, Xinhua reported. He was 78.

Madonna accused of abandoning children`s charity projects in Malawi

April 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

London, Apr 1 (ANI): Madonna has reportedly abandoned projects she started in Malawi to help children in the African country, even though her representatives insist that such claims are "simply not true."

Madonna accused of promoting global image by Malawian Government

March 15, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Washington, Mar 15 (ANI): Madonna, who planned to build ten schools in Malawi, is being questioned about her motives by the country's government.

Madonna accused of promoting global image by Malawian Government

March 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Washington, Mar 15 (ANI): Madonna, who planned to build ten schools in Malawi, is being questioned about her motives by the country's government.

Madonna set to build 10 new schools in Malawi

January 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM

London, Jan 31 (ANI): Madonna has revealed that she plans to build 10 new schools in Malawi with a new partner, after she was forced to abandon her first project there last year.

Madonna set to build 10 new schools in Malawi

January 31, 2012 at 2:04 PM

London, Jan 31 (ANI): Madonna has revealed that she plans to build 10 new schools in Malawi with a new partner, after she was forced to abandon her first project there last year.

Madonna to pay 96k pounds to sacked Malawi workers

January 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

London, Jan 16 (ANI): Madonna has reportedly agreed to shell out 96,000 pounds as an out of court settlement, to a group of charity workers who sued the star after her plans to build a school in Malawi were abandoned last year.

Madonna to pay 96k pounds to sacked Malawi workers

January 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM

London, Jan 16 (ANI): Madonna has reportedly agreed to shell out 96,000 pounds as an out of court settlement, to a group of charity workers who sued the star after her plans to build a school in Malawi were abandoned last year.

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