Reverend John Chilembwe, of Malawi (formerly Nyasaland), is a person of
mythic proportions in his homeland because he stood for Malawian
nationalism against British colonialism.
ETHIOPIANISM , a nationalist and religious movement, often defined as "Africa for Africans," is said to have begun as a movement following the uprising.
In 1992, Nelson Mandela said the Ethiopian Movement, "increased the anxiety of various colonial governments," "was more than a religious Movement" with "fundamental tenets" of "self-worth, self-reliance and freedom" which drew "advocates of Ethiopianism, like a magnet, to the growing political movement."
(This in relation to the ANC, not Chilembwe, but still interesting.)
For more on Chilembwe and the Ethiopianist movement see: Independent African: John Chilembwe by George SheppersonIndependent African : John Chilembwe and the Origins, Setting ...
Another excellent book to read is The Bones of My Ancestors-
By Margaret Durham. The story of the Rev. Landon
Cheek, his wife Rachel of the Yao, an African ethnic group and their
descendants and their search for their African connections. 2004. This
book covers some of the ties Chilembwe had to American missionaries and
how Rev. Cheek came to Malawi to assist Chilembwe at the Providence
"It is too late now to talk of what might or
might not have been. Whatsoever be the reasons we are invited to join in
the war, the fact remains, we are invited to die for Nyasaland. We leave
all for the consideration of the Government, we hope in the Mercy of
Almighty God, that some day things will turn out well and that Government
will recognise our indispensability, and that justice will prevail."
THE GREAT NYASALAND LAND SWINDLE
MALAWI: EARLY HISTORY by Jerry Cutter
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