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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

David Rubadiri

David Rubadiri was born in Liuli, Malawi, on July 19, 1930. Poet, novelist, playwright, university professor and diplomat, permanent ambassador of his country to the United Nations. He made studies in Makerere University College, Kampala, Uganda, between 1952 and 1956 and later he studied Literature at King’s Collage, Cambridge. He received a Diploma in Education from Bristol University, England. He has been teacher at the University of Botswana and dean of the Language and Social Sciences Education Department at the same university.Member of the Executive Committee of the National Theater of Kenia, between 1975 and 1980.

Publications: Growing Up With Poetry: An Anthology for Secondary Schools, 1989; Poems from East Africa, 1971; No Bride Price (novel, 1967) in which he shows his disillusion with the post-independent style of Kamuzu Banda, that guided Malawi toward its independence from the British Empire, but whose actions as president were very controversial because of his relations with the pro-white movement of South Africa. He also wrote the play, Come to Tea, in 1965.His work has appeared in international publications such as Transition, Black Orpheus, Présence Africaine, as well as in the first anthology Modern Poetry of Africa, in 1963. Currently he is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malawi.

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