Steve Chimombo, Malawian writer, Died at 70


Steve Bernard Miles Chimombo was born on September 4, 1945 in Zomba, and died on December 11, 2015 in Blantyre.

He was a Malawian writer, poet, editor and teacher.

Steve was educated at the Zomba Catholic Secondary School, then at the University of Malawi where he earned a B.A.

At the University of Wales, Steve took a teaching diploma in English as a Second Language.

At Columbia University in the United States, he was awarded his M.A. and Ph.D. in teaching.

After studying at Leeds, England, Chimombo, she returned to Malawi to edit the literary bulletin Outlook-lookout.

Steve was a professor of English at Chancellor College in Malawi and was considered one of the nation’s leading writers.

In 1988 his Napolo Poems gained him an honourable mention for the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa.

Steve was married to Moira Chimombo.

The poet Stanley Onjezani Kenani wrote the following appreciation of Steve Chimombo: “Except for 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.”

Steve Bernard Miles Chimombo passed away at age 70 in December 2015.