Malawian breaks 9-year spell for Rhodes University scholarship

A University of Malawi graduate, Norbert Nthara, beat six other fellow young scholars from some SADC countries in interviews South Africa scholarships administered under Rhodes University.

Nthara: Breaks the Rhodes jinx

Nthara: Breaks the Rhodes jinx

The Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland (BLMNS) region carries out interviews for finalist to study to earn scholarship.

Nerbert, who graduated with a BSc IT, Distinction (2014) at the Polytechnic, last Saturday was one of the six finalists from the Region that were interviewed in Johannesburg.

His performance in the interview was solid, sharp and consistent and convinced a panel of eight renowned academics, scholars and professionals from the BLMNS region and South Africa that he was the deserving candidate for the Rhodes Scholarship which will finance Norbert’s three years of study at Oxford University in the UK.

Norbert becomes the 4th Rhodes Scholar from Malawi after Charles Kapalamula (Chanco, Computer Science 2000), Matthews Mtumbuka (Poly 2001, Engineering) and Dick Kachuma (Chanco Mathematics 2003).

Malawi has waited nine years for Nthara to break the long drought for Rhodes in Malawi.

Posting on his Facebook timeline, top manager Dr Matthews Mtumbuka, himself a beneficiary of the BLMNS initiative, said he had the privilege to be on the interviewing panel on Saturday.

“ I must say he is a gifted young man, disciplined, focused and knows what he wants in life and works for it!”

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Reasonable Man

Kodi I thought this lawyer, Gift ndani ndani was also a Rhodes scholar? Don’t exaggerate the difficulty of getting these scholarships. It’s that mentality which is keeping Malawians from going for them. Out here there are lots of Africans from other countries on scholarship not because they are more intelligent, but because they go for these things. Malawians on the other hand seem to think that only government employees and college lecturers can get scholarships easily while everyone else has to break a sweat to get one. It’s not so. Just apply apply apply!


Congrats brethren, people get civilized.. celebrate and not criticize other cultures, success comes from handwork, big up dude u represent.


This is DOWA Guy. Atumbuka ufoyila kkkkkkkk


Congrats Nobert,Nobert nd nchewa from Funsani village,T/A Nkukula ,Dowa,his mum nd omwe ali from North ku chitipa


Congrats boy

Phaghlani Vwavwa

A fool will only see Tumbuka tribe in these great achievements for Malawi. A wise person will only see Malawians in these great achievements. Children of today don’t understand what tribes are but some foolish devilish people confuse the minds of these children trying to make them believe that we are different. What a shame! Please note that not everyone mentioned above is a Tumbuka.

The Patriot

Thats why Quota system is FOOLISH!!!


Viva Nyika Republic , proud of you mwana wa pakaya!


Product of Pius XII Seminary and those are the ideals at Pius “Disciplined, focused, know what you want in life and work for it” with God’s help you will achieve. Thumbs up Norbert.

Vinco M

Atumbuka ndi azeru basi. Quota or no quota system. Inu bavinani nyau zanuzo mukamaliza tizakulembani ntchito yolima kumunda


Hehehe!!! Anyamata a Kota mulira simunati… Mtumbuka sadzatheka.. Balimbilanani chi UNIMA chanucho tione ngati Kota yanu mukayike ku OXFORD abulutu Inu…

Dada Nthara viwemi vyose uku mukuluta..

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