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Andrew Goodson, Chichewa tenses Print
Monday, 06 February 2017 15:17

Andrew Goodson on Chichewa tenses. Read the Wikipedia page here.

Steven Pembamoyo Banda: 'Mzungu wolemba dikishonale ya Chichewa' Print
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 11:54

Steven Pembamoyo Banda: 'Mzungu wolemba dikishonale ya Chichewa', mu: The Nation - Fuko 7 Januwale 2017

The Fathers of Chichewa dictionary-making Print
Saturday, 05 November 2016 18:39

You may have noticed that in September 2016 the Oxford Chichewa Dictionary was published (see: this site). The book is part of a long tradition. In the history of written Chichewa or C(h)inyanja an important role was played by Johannes Rebmann (1820-1876), a German missionary in Mombasa (Kenya). He was at the cradle of dictionaries of Chichewa. Rebmann’s collection, in the 1850s, of Chichewa-English vocabulary was published consecutively in Switzerand and England in 1877 as the Dictionary of the Kiniassa Language. He shares his place in history with Salimini, a Malawian ex-slave, who was captured by the Swahili Arabs in the Lilongwe region. Via Zanzibar he was sold to Arab owners in Mombasa where eventually he regained freedom. Salimini served Rebmann as a language informant. Therefore Rebmann and Salimini belong to the earliest fathers of Chichewa Lexicography. Apart from the linguistic aspect, Rebmann’s work was important because of its spiritual characteristics. As a missionary in the Mombasa area from 1844 to 1875, he was instrumental in founding the Church in East Africa and in preparing mission to Central Africa, including Malawi.

Here are two books on Rebmann, written from entirely different angles. The first one is a piece of creative art, a novel. The other  one is a scholarly study of his life and work, a biography.


Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye, Rebmann: A Novel, Washington: New Academia Publishing/ Scarith Books, 2014 [290 pages; ISBN 978-09915047-3-2]





Steven Paas, Johannes Rebmann: A Servant of God in Africa Before the Rise of Western Colonialism, Nürnberg: Verlag für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft, 2011 [Edition afem – mission academics 32; 274 pages; ISBN 978-3-941750-48-7]

Klaas van der Zwaag interviewt Steven Paas over Oxford Chichewa Dictionary Print
Sunday, 30 October 2016 09:09

Klaas van der Zwaag interviewt Steven Paas over Oxford Chichewa Dictionary in: RD 29-10-16

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Oxford Chichewa Dictionary now officially Launched! - Pictures Print
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:56

In a meeting in Lilongwe on 29 September 2016 the official launch took place of the new edition of the Chichewa Dictionary, published by Oxford University Press (OUP). The event was organised by OUP and its agent for Malawi Mrs Gaulphine Nyirenda of Maneno Books. To the speakers belonged Professor Pascal Kishindo of the Centre for Language Studies of the University of Malawi, Dr. Raphael Agabu the Director of the Inspectorate and Advisory Services of the Malawi Ministry of Education, whose speech was read by his Deputy Dr. Jennings Kayira. They emphasized that the book is a much needed tool for schools in Malawi and the whole of  Chichewa speaking Africa. Apart from representatives of the Malawi associations of book publishers and booksellers, the clergy, NGO's and of the Press the launch was attended by the former Vice President of the Republic of Malawi the right honourable Dr. Justin Malewezi, who is a well-known advocate of the Chichewa heritage as a language and as a cultural phenomenon that extends beyond the boundaries of Malawi.

Here are some pictures.

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