About Zomba and Malawi

Zomba, located in the southern region of Malawi, is one of the country’s four urban centers with an estimated 107,000 residents.  It is home to Chancellor College, the largest college in the University of Malawi system, as well as the Kamuzu College of Nursing and the College of Medicine.  Approximately half of the university’s 6,257 students attend school in Zomba.

Malawi MapLocation

Southeastern Africa, east of Zambia


Malawi is 118,480 sq. km., which is slightly smaller than the state of Pennsylvania. 

Country's Population 

13,931,831 people inhabit Malawi; almost half of the population is under the age of 15, while only 2.7 percent of the population is 65 years and older. The median age in Malawi is 16.8 years.

City's Population

Zomba’s population is approximately 101,140 (2008 statistic) and is the 4th largest city in Malawi.

Map 2Official language 

English is the official language, and Chichewa, a Bantu language, is the national language; about 60 percent of Malawians speak Chichewa.

Moni (phrase):  hello, typical form of greeting when meeting someone for the first time. Use “Moni mayi” (madam) when addressing a woman and “Moni bambo” (sir) when addressing a man. 

Zikomo: thank you

Did You Know?

  • Blantyre, now an important commercial and industrial center in Malawi, was named after the Scottish birthplace of David Livingstone.

  • Malawi used to be known as Nyasaland.

  • Lake Malawi is the third largest lake in Africa.

Source: World InfoZone, University of Malawi,  Chichewa Learning Materials 



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Created on: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 15:53
- Author - ElizabethD
- Contributors: ScottT