The Diplomatic Informer Magazine SA wishes to congratulate the Government and the people of the Republic of Malawi on the occasion of Independence Day. Wishing the Government and the people of Malawi continued Peace, stability, Unity, Prosperity and economic growth.
Independence Day is a public holiday in Malawi observed on July 6th each year. Also known as Republic Day, this is Malawi’s National Day and commemorates independence from Britain on this day in 1966.
The Warm Heart of Africa was colonised by the British in the late 19th century, with the British Central Africa Protectorate created in 1891.
The region was renamed as Nyasaland (the name of the land before the arrival of the British) and joined with Northern and Southern Rhodesia in 1953 to form the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.
Local political efforts to seek independence in Malawi had begun as early as 1915 but gained momentum when Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda returned to the country in 1958. In 1961 his party won a clear victory in local elections, with the British Government agreed to give Nyasaland self-governing status in 1963.
Later that year, Hastings Banda became Prime Minister and a new constitution took effect. The Federation was dissolved on December 31st 1963.
At midnight on July 6th 1966, Malawi became a fully independent member of the Commonwealth.