‘Writer Msadala a ‘selfie’ in the modern world’


Renowned writer, essayist, columnist and poet Alfred Msadala finally launched his latest book War Drums are beating: Discourses of the anthill at Blantyre Sports Club on Thursday night.

The launch was attended by several writers who praised him for the job well done in publishing another book.

His new book comes barely a year after he also brought forth another book titled A Ragged Portfolio of My Potrait, A Rumbling Journey Towards the Joys of Writing Memoirs.


Msadala, who also writes Literary Talk column in The Sunday Times said he was happy that the launch of the over 400 paged book brought together a lot of writers.

“This was simply a gathering of writers. I am happy because we had writers coming from as far as Lilongwe. All I can say is as writers let’s keep writing and tell our stories,” said Msadala.

During the launch Msadala recited a fresh poem before reading some chapters from the book.


In his previous book A Ragged Portfolio of My Portrait, A Rumbling Journey Towards the Joys of Writing Memoirs, Msadala wrote about his personal story.

But now in War Drums are beating: Discourses of the anthill, he has dug deeper to talk about other writers and appreciate their works.

Some of the writers he values in the book include late Legson Kayira and late Dede Kamkondo, Professor Steve Chimombo and David Rubadiri.

Guest of honour during the launch James Ng’ombe commended Msadala for the book and described him as a ‘Selfie’ in this modern world for his writing prowess.

“I would like to thank Alfred Msadala for this book. As a writer he has shown the way and he continues to write,” said Ng’ombe, who has also authored several books.

Ng’ombe also said that Malawians need to take time to write autobiographies.

There was an auction during the launch which saw people buying the book.

The launch attracted the presence of several veteran writers among them Sam Mpasu and Desmond Dudwa Phiri.

There were also performances from among others musician Waliko Makhala and story teller Nancy Phiri.

Msadala was born on October 4, 1956 and hails from Liwewe Village, Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota.

Some of his other books he has published include Ten Tidal Waves, Sprouts of Dowa Hills, Mangadzi was Here and Other Stories co-edited with Zondiwe and We Lost Track of Ausi.

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