Confirmed reports that Malawi24 has been following today show that Malawi’s renowned author Professor Emeritus Steve Chimombo has died aged 70.
Media reports indicate that Chimombo died after he succumbed to stroke.
Chimombo, a Poet, fiction writer, playwright, and children’s author was born in 1945 in the old capital Zomba.
He went to Zomba Catholic Secondary School, then at the University of Malawi where he earned Batchers of Art and the University of Wales, the University of Leeds, and Columbia University.
At Columbia University in the United States, he was awarded his M.A. and Ph.D. in teaching.
He was a professor of English at Chancellor College in Malawi and is considered one of the nation’s leading writers.
In 1988 his Napolo Poems gained him honorable mention for the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.
”What a loss to the nation! Except J.W. Gwengwe, D.D. Phiri, Jack Mapanje and Francis Chipasula, I cannot think of any Malawian who has contributed more to Malawian literature than Prof. Chimombo.” posted writer Onezani Kenani hours ago on Facebook.
He is famed or the story Go back to your room, which is used as a referent story for English literature students at Secondary level.