Malawi historian and writer D.D Phiri dies

Malawi’s famous historian and writer Desmond Dudwa Phiri fondly known as D.D Phiri has died.

D.D Phiri dies

D.D. Phiri died on Sunday morning at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre where he was receiving treatment.

Vigil is taking place at his son’s residence in Naperi Nlantyre but his body will be laid to rest on Tuesday  March  26 2019.

D.D Phiri is acknowledged as Malawi’s most eminent author, historian, playwright and economist. His prolific literary output has directed Malawi’s development since Independence; he was recognised as one of Africa’s 23 most influential authors by the Pan-African Writers Association in 2011.

He was born in Mzimba, Malawi, and served as the Principal and proprietor of the Aggrey Memorial School in Blantyre.

Until his death, he has published about 17 books in the fields of history, sociology and economics

He was regular contributor to Malawi’s national newspapers-The Nation and The Daily Times. 

D.D. Phiri  ceaselessly used his columns and books to nourish generations with vital insights into where the country is coming from, where it is and why we cannot keep doing business as usual.

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nyalugwe
nyalugwe
3 years ago

IT IS SUCH PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THEIR FELLOW MALAWIANS THAT REALLY DESERVE STATE FUNERALS.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

Adzonzi
Adzonzi
3 years ago

He deserves State Funeral

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
3 years ago

HYPOCRISY at it’s BEST! Is the writer sure DD Phiri’s “prolific literary output has directed the development” of Malawi? I doubt, like most hardworking and patriotic Malawians his voice was just WILD, never taken seriously by those in authority. Malawi is one country where the honest, hardworking, patriotic are ignored but thieves, con artists, esp if linked to those in corridors of power are glorified and revered. Have you ever wondered why some people have amassed too much wealth, becoming multi-millionaire within a 5 year period? These “munthu wankurus” akuyenda ndi mdidi pa town than late DD Phiri. STOP this… Read more »

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
3 years ago

This person deserves great recognition in our country. RIP Desmond

Ochimwene
Ochimwene
3 years ago

MHSRIP

Hora
Hora
3 years ago

I liked the endurance in him,preferred to walk to and from work hardly bothered with bus ride despite the advanced age. We modern day boys are jumping on minibus to shy away from a 4minute walk.REST IN PEACE gentle old man.

123
123
3 years ago

Rest In Peace

Aphiri
Aphiri
3 years ago

Nyasatimes learn to give more information to your readers please. How old was he . He wrote some of the books which were/are used in our school curriculum etc

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
3 years ago
Reply to  Aphiri

88 years. One of his books was adopted for school curriculum in Botswana.

Truth Be Told
Truth Be Told
3 years ago

This article is too too short to describe DD Phiri. A number of details have been left out. For example, at what age has he died? What about his family? He also authored books on politics. One major title is Democracy with a Price. Apart from his private institution, Aggrey Memorial School, where else did he serve Malawi? What about his education and perhaps local achievements.

Either the author is still searching for the information or he is not familiar with such details.

Heavenly Being
Heavenly Being
3 years ago
Reply to  Truth Be Told

Too short I do concur with you, say like where exactly was he raid to rest, which District and indeed Village, how many children is he survived by, let alone grand children, where was he staying in Blantyre, and which part of Naperi (old or new) was the vigil, so much to clarify here, Nyasatimes please just try to bring out what is well balanced, this is not the first time readers are complaining of lack of full information publications, so please just change for the better soon as you can.
REST WELL DEAR GENTLEMAN !

Kombozo
Kombozo
3 years ago
Reply to  Heavenly Being

the last i checked he was staying in Nyabandwe.

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
3 years ago
Reply to  Kombozo

Readers, he was still residing at his house in Nyambadwe, Blantyre. He died aged 88 years. He hailed from Emanyeleni Village in Traditional Authority Mthwalo in Mzimba District. For the rest of information, screen the Daily Times or The Nation published after Sunday 24 March 2019 and possibly Nation on Sunday dated 23 March 2019.

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
3 years ago

May his soul rest in peace.

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