oa Alternation - The Persistence of Tribe1

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Most recent historians as well as the Banda regime have maintained that tribes and tribalism have never been significant factors in the history of Nyasaland and Malawi2. Banda's policy was to repudiate tribal differences while at the same time privileging the Chewa by e.g. pouring resources into the central region and making Chewa the national language. As for the historians, it was simply unfashionable in the post-colonial era to acknowledge the significance of tribes except to dismiss them as creations of colonisers and missionaries which had been made redundant by independence.

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