Malawi is located in the south-east regions of Africa and has a population of over 12 million people. Several languages are spoken within the country with the most spoken being Chichewa and English. Other languages include Chinsena, Chilomwe, Chiyao, Chinyanja and Chitombuka.
The country is known as “the warm heart of Africa” and several other heartfelt names because of its wonderful hospitality, friendly people as well as its many beautiful eco destinations. It is shrouded in abundant natural and beautiful places to see such as the Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa), scenic Zomba platau, Kasungu National Park home to elephants buffalo, zebra, hippos and more, Dwangwa, Chelinda is a must see African wilderness and so much more.
Initially the region of Malawi was populated by only a few groups of hunter-gatherers before Bantu tribes emigrated from other regions of Africa. Based on ethnicity the early groups of people dwelling in the country divided into groups and one of the more prominent groups formed The Kingdom of Maravi. In the 1600’s the nation became united and lived under leadership of one ruling tribesman.
The country was known as Nyasaland before independence and being renamed Malawai. When trading and encounters with Europeans started it lead to slave trade and trade of minerals and resources amongst other nations. Later when Portuguese missionary and explorer David Livingstone came to the country, he launched an “anti-slave crusade” after witnessing the height of this practice in the 1850’s where an estimate of 20 000 slaves were sold in the Nkhotakota and Kilwa regions. The country’s administration was handled by nations such as the Portuguese and British.
In later years various political parties was established such as the Nyasaland African Congress (NAC) aka Central African Federation (CAF) who promoted locals involvement in European rule. Hastings Banda became the 1st president of Malawi in 1961 in which it also gained independence from European rule.
Malawi is renowned as one of the safest, amongst other countries in Africa and also ranks high in rule of law and governance.
Malawi is growing as a nation and has seen progress within its economy over the years in major sectors such as mining and agriculture; however, it still battles issues such as poverty and unemployment. The country welcomes foreign investment and skills to assist in improving economic sectors and overall improvement for the people.
Business opportunities & economy
The country is rich with natural resources including the likes of uranium deposits, coal and hydropower. It is still ranked as one of Africa’s poorer countries with most of the population living below the poverty line. Malawi’s major sectors include mining, agriculture, fishing and forestry.
Some lucrative investment opportunities and industries:
Jobs in major sectors are available to individuals who meet the specifics and are qualified.
Malawi still has issues in the health industry with a very high HIV/AIDS rate, in addition, diseases such as malaria, rabbis, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, as well as bacterial and protozoal diarrhoea. There are a number of hospitals funded by Non-Governmental Organisations as well as the government and private institutes; however it is imperative to have medical insurance to access proper treatment and health care facilities.
The Malawian education system is comprised of 8 years in primary school, four in secondary and four in varsity. There are also private schools and tertiary institutes within the country apart from government schools.
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