Desmond Dudwa Phiri

Desmond Dudwa Phiri passed away on March 24, 2019, he was a Malawian author, economist, historian, and playwright.

He was born in Mzimba, Malawi, and was the Principal and proprietor of the Aggrey Memorial School in Blantyre.

He also published 17 books in the fields of history, sociology and economics and was recognized by the Pan-African Writers’ Association (PAWA) as one of the top 23 authors in Africa in 2011.


Desmond Phiri was born in Mzimba, Malawi. Desmond went to Blantyre Secondary School and Livingstonia and London.

He later moved to England and studied Economics, History, and Sociology at the London School of Economics (part of the University of London)
Desmond was accorded with an honorary doctorate by the University of Malawi.

He also worked as a diplomat in the foreign service and retired from the civil service in 1976.

He was the Principal and Proprietor of Aggrey Memorial School. He was a columnist for The Nation newspaper.
He was a regular columnist in The Nation newspaper.

Desmond Dudwa Phiri died on 24 March 2019 at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre