The People of Malawi
Malawi is often identified as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ because of the generous spirit, warmth and friendliness of the people. Although they are poor in wealth, they are rich in happiness. However, beneath their beaming smile lies a resilient and indomitable essence. The people of Malawi endure hardship, specifically in educational and healthcare development.
The Malawi people are of Bantu origin and encompass many different ethnic groups. These groups include Chewa, Nyanja, Yao, Tumbuka, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Nkhonde, Asian and European. The Chichewa (Chewa) people form the largnopest part of the population, making Chichewa the official language of the country. Although Malawi consists of many groups, it remains peaceful with very few disturbances between tribes. Home to over 16 million people, Malawi is one of the most densely populated countries on the continent. About 80% of the people live rurally and are dependent upon subsistence farming.