Malawi, as we proudly call it “THE WARM HEART OF AFRICA” has many features of which we do not appreciate as citizens. Apart from the tasty Chambo which are found in our Lake, Malawi has many hidden or unknown interesting facts. I found it interesting to share with you some of the interesting facts.
- Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) has an area of 118,480 sq km (45,745 sq mi), of which 24,400 sq km (9,420 sq mi) consists of water, chiefly Lake Malawi (also known as Lake Nyasa). Comparatively, the area occupied by Malawi is slightly smaller than the other states such as that of Pennsylvania. Malawi extends 853 km (530 mi) n–s and 257 km (160 mi) e–w. It is bounded on the north and east by Tanzania, on the east, south, and south west by Mozambique, and on the west by Zambia, with a total boundary length of 2,881 km (1,790 mi).
Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe, is located in the central part of the country.
- Numerous Bantu languages and dialects are spoken. Chichewa, the language of the Chewa and Nyanja, is spoken by more than half the population, but the Lomwe, Yao, and Tumbuka have their own widely spoken languages, respectively known as Chilomwe, Chiyao, and Chitumbuka. English and Chichewa are considered to be the official languages.
- In Lake Malawi, there is a species of fish called Copadichromis borleyi wich is a type of mouthbrooding fish endemic to Lake Malawi in East Africa
- St Michael and All Angels Church in Blantyre, Malawi, was constructed of brick in the late 1800s by local builders, led by a cleric who had no formal architectural training
- The name Malawi is believed to come from a native word meaning “flaming water” due to the sun’s reflection on Lake Malawi; however, President Banda has stated that the name came from Lac Maravi on an antique French map.