Renowned author Steve Chimombo dead

Prof. Steve Chimombo

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.

Prof. Steve Chimombo
Prof. Steve Chimombo; No more.

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.



  1. oh no! what a great talent lost….the literary world will miss u…u have inspired many ppo in and out of malawi with ur literary Gift..till we meet again at jesus feet, rest my proffesor!

  2. I do remember him at Zomba Gynkana Club amabwera ndi family yake kuzaonera Comedy ya Wakhumbata ensemble theatre ya Du Chisiza Junior mkulu wa imvi mmutu,ndaluza another talent Malawi ever produced

  3. I can remember him as aLecture at Chanco,also i used to visithim at his farm in Zomba Malosa,may his soul rest in eternal life.

  4. We are deeply shocked by untimely death of chimombo, aaaa!! we have no replacement of the same career like what he has had. May his soul rest in iternal peace.

  5. to say mosabiscally you were asource in liteliture same as kalitela.Thats the way ena anamwalila atakhalila luso lawo.But u 2 pple are preasured 4 ever.Rip

  6. What a great man he was to our society.a big loss to me personally and the reading fraternity.we will miss you.RIP

  7. The literary world has lost a legend, Malawi has lost a great man. A man who we can never compare with anyone and can never replace. He has left a huge mark in our hearts and we will forever cherish the impact he’s had on all Malawians that studied or read his work. I am glad to have studied his work and he is an inspiration to me as an aspiring writer.
    May His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace

  8. RIP Prof,your poetry was characterised by irony,suggestiveness and compression well suited to the claustrophobic climate of writing under the censorship of a certain regime and Napolo is just one of them…will miss you

  9. I’ve read some of his books. he was really a great poet and novelist. we shall still remember him through his works

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