List of Famous people born in Malawi

Cate Campbell

Cate Natalie Campbell
First Name Cate
Last Name Campbell
Born on May 20, 1992 (age 30)
Height 186 cm | 6'1

Cate Natalie Campbell, is a Malawian-born Australian competitive swimmer, and a current multiple world record holder, who won two bronze medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and a gold and a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is the current world record holder in the Long Course 4 x 100 m Freestyle Relay with Team Australia and the short course 100 m freestyle.

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William Kamkwamba

First Name William
Last Name Kamkwamba
Born on August 5, 1987 (age 35)

William Kamkwamba is a Malawian inventor and author. He gained fame in his country in 2001 when he built a wind turbine to power multiple electrical appliances in his family's house in Wimbe, 32 km (20 mi) east of Kasungu, using blue gum trees, bicycle parts, and materials collected in a local scrapyard. Since then, he has built a solar-powered water pump that supplies the first drinking water in his village and two other wind turbines, the tallest standing at 12 meters (39 ft), and is planning two more, including one in Lilongwe, the political capital of Malawi.

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Bronte Campbell

Bronte Lynn Campbell
First Name Bronte
Last Name Campbell
Born on May 14, 1994 (age 28)
Height 179 cm | 5'10

Bronte Campbell is a Malawian-born Australian competitive swimmer, an Olympic gold-medal winner and world champion. Her older sister, Cate, is also a competitive swimmer, and once held world records in both the short and long course 100 metre individual freestyle events. Bronte and Cate are the first Australian siblings on the same Olympic swimming team since the 1972 Olympics and the first Australian sisters ever to compete within the same swimming event at the Olympics. Bronte Campbell won three gold medals at the 2015 World Championships, including the 50 and 100 metre freestyle events.

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Lazarus Chakwera

First Name Lazarus
Last Name Chakwera
Born on April 5, 1955 (age 67)

Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is a Malawian theologian and politician who has served as President of Malawi since June 2020. In addition to the Presidency, he also gave himself a cabinet portfolio as Minister of Defence. He has been leader of the Malawi Congress Party since 2013, and was previously Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly following highly controversial elections held on 21 May 2019 which were overturned by the Constitutional Court. He was President of the Malawi Assemblies of God from 1989 to 14 May 2013.

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Peter Mutharika

First Name Peter
Last Name Mutharika
Born on July 18, 1940 (age 82)

Arthur Peter Mutharika is a Malawian politician and lawyer who was President of Malawi from May 2014 to June 2020. Mutharika has worked in the field of international justice, specialising in international economic law, international law and comparative constitutional law. He informally served as an adviser to his older brother, President Bingu wa Mutharika, on issues of foreign and domestic policy from the onset of his election campaign until the President's death on 5 April 2012.

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Isaac Chilemba

First Name Isaac
Last Name Chilemba
Born on May 17, 1987 (age 35)

Miguel Isaac Chilemba Zuze is a Malawian professional boxer who held the IBO super-middleweight title from 2010 to 2011, and challenged for the WBA (Undisputed), IBF, and WBO light-heavyweight titles in 2016.

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Joyce Banda

First Name Joyce
Last Name Banda
Born on April 12, 1950 (age 72)

Joyce Hilda Banda is a Malawian politician who was the President of Malawi from 7 April 2012 to 31 May 2014. She is the founder and leader of the People's Party, created in 2011.

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Bakili Muluzi

First Name Bakili
Born on March 17, 1943 (age 80)

Elson Bakili Muluzi is a Malawian politician who was the first freely elected President of Malawi from 1994 to 2004. He was also chairman of the United Democratic Front (UDF) until 2009. He succeeded Hastings Kamuzu Banda as Malawi's president. He also served in Banda's cabinet as Minister without Portfolio, before retiring in 1980.

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Harriet Mathews

Harriet Lucy Mathews
First Name Harriet
Born on December 22, 1973 (age 49)

Harriet Lucy Frost, Lady Frost, is a British diplomat, with expertise on African affairs.

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Michelle Paver

First Name Michelle
Last Name Paver
Born on September 7, 1960 (age 62)

Michelle Paver is a British novelist and children's writer, known for the fantasy series Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, set in pre-agricultural Stone Age Europe. For the concluding book Ghost Hunter (2009) she won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a book award judged by a panel of British children's writers.

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Bingu wa Mutharika

First Name Bingu
Born on February 24, 1934
Died on April 5, 2012 (aged 78)

Bingu wa Mutharika was a Malawian politician and economist who was President of Malawi from May 2004 until his death in April 2012. He was also President of the Democratic Progressive Party, which he founded in February 2005; it obtained a majority in Malawi's parliament in the 2009 general election. During his two terms in office, he was noted for being the Chairperson of the African Union in 2010–2011, as well as for several domestic controversies. In 2009, he purchased a private presidential jet for $13.26 million. This was followed almost immediately by a nationwide fuel shortage which was officially blamed on logistical problems, but was more likely due to the hard currency shortage caused by the freezing of aid by the international community He died in office from a cardiac arrest on 5 April 2012, at age 78.

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Desmond Dudwa Phiri

First Name Desmond
Last Name Phiri
Born on February 23, 1931
Died on March 24, 2019 (aged 88)

Desmond Dudwa Phiri, commonly known as D. D. Phiri, was a Malawian author, economist, historian, and playwright. He was born in Mzimba, Malawi, and was the Principal and proprietor of the Aggrey Memorial School in Blantyre. He published 17 books in the fields of history, sociology and economics and was recognized by the Pan-African Writers' Association (PAWA) as one of the top 23 authors in Africa in 2011. He was a regular columnist in The Nation newspaper. He died on 24 March 2019 at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre

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Jack Mapanje

First Name Jack
Last Name Mapanje
Born on March 25, 1944 (age 79)

Jack Mapanje is a Malawian writer and poet. He was the head of English at the Chancellor College, the main campus of the University of Malawi before being imprisoned in 1987 for his collection Of Chameleons and Gods, which indirectly criticized the administration of President Hastings Banda. He was released in 1991 and emigrated to the UK, where he worked as a teacher.

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Qabaniso Malewezi

First Name Qabaniso
Born on November 30, 1978 (age 44)

Qabaniso Malewezi, also known as Q, is a Malawian musician and poet. A former producer for the hip-hop band Real Elements, he has since authored several collections of poems including the audio collection People. In 2015 he received an honorary doctorate from Mzuzu University.

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Patrick Allen

First Name Patrick
Last Name Allen
Born on March 17, 1927
Died on July 28, 2006 (aged 79)
Born in Malawi

John Keith Patrick Allen was a British actor.

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John Maduka

First Name John
Last Name Maduka
Born on September 27, 1970 (age 52)
Height 170 cm | 5'7

John Maduka is a retired Malawian footballer. He used to play for Bloemfontein Celtic until his retirement in 2009

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Mike Tebulo

First Name Mike
Last Name Tebulo
Born on June 5, 1985 (age 37)

Mike Tebulo is a Malawian long-distance runner.

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Hastings Banda

First Name Hastings
Last Name Banda
Died on November 25, 1997 (aged 27)

Hastings Kamuzu Banda was the Prime Minister and later President of Malawi from 1964–1994. In 1966, the country became a republic and he became president. His rule has been characterized as a "highly repressive autocracy."

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James Chiona

First Name James
Last Name Chiona
Born on January 1, 1924
Died on August 18, 2008 (aged 84)
Born in Malawi
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Steve Chimombo

First Name Steve
Last Name Chimombo
Died on December 11, 2015 (aged 45)

Steve Bernard Miles Chimombo was a Malawian writer, poet, editor and teacher. He was born in Zomba.

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