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Frank Chibowa publishes history book

TELLING MALAWI’S HISTORY—The cover of Chibowa's book

By Franco Mwachande Jnr, Contributor:


Writer Frank Chibowa has published a historical book titled The God We Created.

This is Chibowa’s second book after he debuted with The Political History of Malawi in 2017.

The 28-year old writer, said the book covers all major political events in Malawi from 1950 to date.

He said he came up with the book after observing that there has been a glaring political communication gap spanning the years.

“My book is aimed at enlightening those who are blank about our country’s past,” Chibowa said.

The Lilongwe-based writer has published the book under Phoenix Publishing and Media Company.

A graduate of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Water Resources Management and Development from Mzuzu University, admitted that he was not an expert in history but embarked on a research to come up with information.

“Youth need to take interest in writing and at the same time learn from old-timers, in that way they will be able to publish books on history. We need more in terms of historical books,” Chibowa said.

The book has got 10 chapters and focuses on topics such as ‘One Nyasaland during expatriate rule’, Democratisation period in Malawi, Political demise and path to Multiparty, Malawi’s economic boom, Democratic downturn era in Malawi and Economic collapse period in Malawi among others.

He maintained that the country has not done enough in terms of telling its history and that he was inspired by the likes of the late Desmond Dudwa Phiri to write his book.

“I once interacted with late DD Phiri, who told me that I should keep on doing my best and when he read my book he was impressed. He told me I was fit to succeed him and I accepted the challenge,” Chibowa said.

Some of the major events highlighted in the book include divisions in major political parties, the coming into the political arena of Ras Chikomeni Chirwa and elections. The book also features the demonstrations which have been happening in the country orchestrated by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).

“In my life, I believe in history. We cannot avoid history because there is always a past,” he said.

Chibowa said his first book did well on the market selling over 1500 copies.

Commenting on the book, Wonderful Mkhutche, said it was good for young people to take interest in the history of the country.

“What Chibowa has done is a good example of how proactive Malawian youths must be, they need to write,” Mkhutche said.

Veteran writer and playwright Roy Sagonja, said the book reflects the current history of Malawi and that Chibowa’s book emerges as a tool for emancipating youth from negative perceptions.

However, Sagonja bemoaned the lack of reading culture in the country.

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