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Title:'A monument to a tyrant,' or reconstructed nationalist memories of the father and founder of the Malawi nation, Dr. H.K. Banda
Author:Chirambo, Reuben MakayikoISNI
Periodical:Africa Today (ISSN 1527-1978)
Geographic term:Malawi
heads of State
About person:Hastings Kamuzu Banda (ca1906-1997)ISNI
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v056/56.4.chirambo.pdf
Abstract:The mausoleum over former president Hastings Kamuzu Banda's grave and his statue in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, were unveiled in 2006 and 2009 respectively, with pomp and ceremony, and were hailed as giving Banda the honour and dignity he deserved. Both monuments were erected more than a decade after he had lost political power and died. However, his rule was not without controversy. While his supporters hail him as Ngwazi (Conqueror), Nkhoswe (guardian, protector, provider), saviour or messiah of his people, and father and founder of the nation, his critics describe him as a demagogue and a vicious dictator. Frank Chipasula in 1981 in the poem 'A Monument to a Tyrant,' even imagined a statue of Banda that would portray him as a despot. This article examines the narratives in Banda's public monuments and Chipasula's imagined monument as contested narratives that problematize reconstructed nationalist memories of postcolonial African leaders such as Banda. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]