The body of the late former Vice Chancellor of the University of Malawi Prof David Rubadiri will be laid to rest this Saturday 22nd September, 2018 in Mzuzu city at the place where Malawi’s former first female cabinet minister Rose Chibambo was buried.
According to Kwame Rubadiri, son to the late Professor, burial will commerce with a church service at St Marks Anglican Church in Mzuzu at 09:00 o’clock in the morning. Professor David Rubadiri passed on last Saturday 15 September, 2018 at Mzuzu Central Hospital.
Professor David Rubadiri, the former University of Malawi Vice Chancellor and poet is highly praised for his memorable literary works such as Poems from East Africa and Stanley Meets Mutesa among others.
Born in 1930, his father served as a District Officer while his mother was a homemaker who took care of the children as his father worked across the border in Tanzania.
Rubadiri crossed over to Uganda in search of better education and attended both primary and secondary education at King’s College, Budo, near Kampala From 1941 to 1950.
He later joined the prestigious Makerere University between 1965 and 1975 for his bachelor’s degree in English literature and History before flying out to the University of London where he studied for a BA in Literature, History and Geography, and graduated with a first class honours degree. His MA in Literature was at Cambridge.
After his retirement , Rubadiri said he was living out his retirement in a “small two-acre plot with what he described as a simple house” with his first wife Gertrude.
He married Gertrude – a teacher – in 1957 before taking the second wife Janet in 1955 – a Ugandan nurse of Rwandese origin.
The marriage with Gertrude bore four sons Kwame, Sékou, Tengo, Lunga and a daughter Lindiwe. With Janet, he was also blessed with four other children; son Desiré and daughters Natasha, Inga, and Linka.
Regarded as one of Africa’s most celebrated poets to emerge after Malawi’s independence, Rubadiri has left behind an enviable legacy and innumerable grandchildren scattered across the globe.