Mwangwego alphabet

Languages Chewa and other Bantu languages of Malawi
Creator Nolence Mwangwego
Time period

The Mwangwego alphabet is an abugida developed for Malawian languages by Nolence Mwangwego.[1] [2]

The idea for a Malawian script came on November 10, 1977, in Paris, when he discovered that there are various writing systems in the world, and thought that words meaning "to write" in Malawian languages were evidence that they once had a script of their own.[1][3]


The Mwangwego script was created in 1979, with additional symbols created up to 1997 by Mwangwego.[1][4]

Usage and reception

The script was launched in 2003 and is slowly gaining a following within Malawi. Mwangwego continues to hold public lectures and exhibitions in academic institutions and teach the script. In 2003, the Minister of youth, sports and culture, Mr Kamangadazi Chambalo, was quoted as saying:

"Mwangwego script is in itself history in the making. Irrespective of how it is going to be received by the public nationwide, the script is bound to go in the annals of our history as a remarkable invention."[1]

The first person to learn the script was Mwandipa Chimaliro.[1] Ten other students that year learned the script as well who went on to teach others.[1]

In 2007 about 10,000 Mwangwego students formed the Mwangwego Club whose membership is open to those that have learned the script.

Nolence Mwangwego

Nolence Moses Mwangwego is a Zambian-born Malawian linguist. He was born on July 1, 1951 in Mwinilunga District of Zambia.[5] Mr Mwangwego comes from Yaphet Mwakasungula village, in the area of Paramount chief Kyungu in Karonga District.[5] Mr Mwangwego was, on December 29, 1997, installed village Headman Yaphet Mwakasungula IV. He speaks and writes Chewa, Tumbuka, Kyangonde, English, French, and Portuguese. He is currently working as teacher of French at the French Cultural Center, in Blantyre.[5]

He is married to Ellen Kalobekamo and has four children.


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